Name: Maxwell Byrne
Sydney, Australia
Electronic, Indie-Electro, Alt-Pop
Influences: Frank Ocean, Toro y Moi, Arcade Fire, Mount Kimbie
Other Aliases: 1tbsp

Golden Vessel is an Australian who creates a unique blend of electronic music with hip-hop, indie-rock and alternative pop influences, resulting in a sound that can be likened to a mix between Mount Kimbie, Toro y Moi and Arcade Fire. 

Since 2016 Maxwell Byrne, aka Golden Vessel, has given us two independently released eps – Before Sleep (2016) & Right/Side (2018) – as well as three outstanding albums – “SLOWSHINE” (2019 via Exist Recordings ANZ // Ultra Music ROW), “colt” (2020 via sumoclic), and his latest “everythingeverydayeverything” (2022 via sumoclic).

There has also been a collection of stand-alone singles during that time including ‘Control’, Borrowed’ Time’ & ‘Cant Stay’, as well as a song titled ‘Hesitate’ which features one of his regular collaborators, Emerson Leif, and has become one of his most successful releases to-date with over 28 million streams on Spotify alone. 

Golden Vessel has completed three Australian headline tours as well as supporting the likes of Willow Beats, The Kite String Tangle, Jai Wolf and Sofi Tukker across Australia. He was also the main support for BAYNK on a 13-date North American tour in February 2019, he performed five showcases at SXSW 2019 and then embarked on his own 21-date North American headline tour in July 2019.

In 2021 Maxwell launched a few new side-projects including an indie-rock band called Lucky Idiot and a lo-fi house project called 1tbsp. He gave us an epic 10-minute single & short film titled “getforward” (directed by Harry Deadman), and he also teamed up with San Holo’s label bitbird for a one-off release called ‘Jersey City’, which he co-wrote & co-released with his good friend and fellow Brisbane-based artist, rei so la.

During that time, Maxwell was also busy working on his next Golden Vessel album “everythingeverydayeverything” which was released in July 2022 via sumoclic, an indie label that he co-owns with his good friend and long-time collaborator Connor Grant, aka Akurei. That album features a stellar cast of guest co-writers including The Nicholas, Mallrat, Emerson Leif, Felivand, Japanese Wallpaper, Nick Ward, E^ST, Instupendo, Akurei, Abraham Tilbury, Rei So La, Lonelyspeck and Fear Gorta across its eleven songs, and it was mixed by George Nicholas who is known for his role in Australian electronic group Seekae.

In early 2023 Maxwell Byrnes was nominated for a GRAMMY AWARD for his work on BAYNK’s song ’Till It’s Even’ which was part of his album “ADOLESCENCE” (2023) – they didn’t win but it was pretty great to score the nomination!  

Around that time Golden Vessel was working on a collaborative four-track ep called “Golden Vessel Produced by Filous”, which he wrote on a hilltop in the Austrian countryside with his good friend Filous. They also created two music videos for the project, one of which included the construction of a giant hamster wheel and cage inside a living room (watch that here).

While all of that was happening Maxwell had already started working on another collaborative project with his good friend Melisa Bester (fka E^ST), who was launching her latest artist alias Headaches. They gave us the first single off that album in in November 2023, beginning the anticipation build for their stunning eight-track album “Making Friends With The Space Around Me”, which was released in May 2024 and has already collected over 700k streams on Spotify alone.


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