One stormy night in the summer of 2011, a lonely cyborg decided to make some music. Maxwell Powers dusted off his analogue synthesizers, downloaded some vintage drum samples, closed his bedroom door and recorded the single "Defy/Tonight." Some of his friends got wind of his endeavor and loaded into his living room, where they filmed a charmingly awkward robot vs. hipster dance-off. And, so, the Maxwell Powers Cyborg Synthpop YouTube Channel was born.
Just months later, his page reached over a quarter of a million hits, and Maxwell had developed a cult-like following. Since then, he has continued to make music in his bedroom and has released 3 more videos of his home recordings. He and his friends strive to push at the boundaries of no-budget filming to tell stories of love, life, and, of course, the complexities of the cyborg-human relationship. INDMUSIC writes, "something tells me that if you gave this dude a million dollars to make another music video, somehow it would still look exactly like this." They are probably correct, except he would probably serve fancier beer at the after parties.