Brendan Maclean

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Brendan Maclean
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Brendan Maclean at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby in 2013
Background information
Origin Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Baroque pop, electropop, piano pop (early)
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, presenter
Instruments Piano, keyboards, vocals, guitar, ukulele
Years active 2006–present

Brendan Maclean is an Australian musician, actor and radio announcer.


In 2007 Maclean won Australia's National Youth Week People's Choice award for his debut record "Airport People". He then went on to win the Australian National Youth Week Industry award for Writing in 2008.[1]

Brendan's debut EP, White Canvas was released on iTunes in March 2010. The video clip for the first single 'Practically Wasted' won Best Music Video in the Queensland New Film Awards and came in at 38 in the ABC Rage Top 50 for 2010.[2] His follow up single "Cold and Happy" was selected as Channel V's Ripe Clip of The week and entered their Top 40 charts at 34 on Oct, 29th, 2011.[3] It then went on to place in the Top 10 of the 2011 ABC Rage Top 50.

Brendan's notable live performances for 2012 included national tours with Kate Miller-Heidke and former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes.

In 2014 he released his second EP Population produced by Australian producer Paul Mac. The record gained some traction with the song's video for the single 'Stupid' being featured by Buzzfeed coupled with a successful crowd funding campaign which earned over 20,000. [4] [5] In May of 2014, "Stupid" was featured as the Weather on Welcome to Night Vale, in episode 47, "Company Picnic".


Brendan has made appearances in commercials for Coca-Cola, Wii and was the face of Virgin Mobile's Australian 2010 campaign. As a child he can be spotted dancing in a video-clip for "Crazy About Your Smile" by Nikki Webster.

Maclean played "Klipspringer" in the Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby and is also credited as Peter in the 2014 film Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver[6]


He broadcasts weekly for youth station Triple J. Maclean began presenting in 2007 after an interview with Zan Rowe which celebrated the stations unsigned artist competition, Unearthed. Maclean had posted many music reviews as a "SuperUser" under the pseudonym "Murdoch". He has been heard presented Mid-dawns, Weekend Lunch, Weekend Breakfast, Super Request and Summer House Party.[7]

In 2009, Maclean was the semi-finalist for the Channel V Presenter Search for New South Wales and in late 2010 he joined the network for their series B430; writing and recording a travel show in Hawaii.


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