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D.C. Maxwell Unveils Debut Single / Video 'The Leading Man'

D.C. Maxwell Unveils Debut Single / Video 'The Leading Man'

Chris Cudby / Friday 19th May, 2023 12:41PM

D.C. Maxwell swaggers into our hearts with 'The Leading Man', the Tāmaki Makaurau rising star's feverishly-awaited debut single, out today via LA tastemakers Danger Collective Records. Proudly repping his own brand of "weirdo country", former ROIDZ frontman Daniel Smith's first official solo release is a passionate affair with epic sweeping orchestration to match — recorded in collaboration with Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Sulfate) and a cast of Aotearoa musical heroes including Elizabeth Stokes (The Beths), Hariet Ellis (Na Noise, Dick Move), Jong-Yun J.Y Lee (Avantdale Bowling Club, Yoko-Zuna), and Dave Khan (Reb Fountain).

D.C. Maxwell cuts an impressive figure in his accompanying clip directed by Fraser Chatham, boogieing around stage sets and puncturing the illusion of theatre, whilst recounting the scandalous tale of an actor who "committing a real-life murder in the middle of a play". Expressing emotions so powerful you can almost tangibly feel them, D.C. Maxwell will take centre stage at his forthcoming release event at Whammy Bar, joined for the occasion by special guests Violet Hirst (whose new song 'Alternate Ways To Pray' is also out today) and (CC)TV on 9th June. Hit play on 'The Leading Man' below, made with support from NZ On Air...

"I was thinking, how the hell did this happen? What events led art and reality to collide in such a violent way? I also love Lee Hazelwood’s song ‘The Rising Star’, about a jaded old musician who became a drunk shadow of his former self. These two ideas collided, and we got ‘The Leading Man’
". — D.C. Maxwell

D.C. Maxwell Presents: The Leading Man
Friday 9th June - Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Violet Hirst, (CC)TV

Tickets available HERE via UTR

'The Leading Man' is out today on major streaming services via Danger Collective Records.


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D.C. Maxwell Presents: The Leading Man
Fri 9th Jun 8:00pm
Whammy Bar, Auckland