Signed to Universal Publishing in 2014, Brendan was put under the spotlight after his ukulele pop anthem 'Stupid' took the internet by storm. Selling thousands of copies from his bedroom, he was thrust upon the international scene when its charming single-shot video made waves on NPR and CNN. The Guardian UK crowned him, “a King of Pop In The Making,” and it would seem the throne edges ever closer; the independently released funbang1 entering the charts at Number 4 on iTunes and, as The Music magazine put it, “giving some actual meaning to the word ‘independent’ in the Carlton Independent Charts (AIR),” debuting at #2 both in front of and behind Sia’s passed releases. The track House of Air has been heard the world over after it's music video racked up 5 million views in two months.
After his cameo in 'The Great Gatsby' as Klipspringer, Baz Luhrmann quipped that Maclean, “is a modern day Mick Jagger.” He confirmed this reputation and presented a stunning breadth of skill when he joined Marcia Hines in the award winning and critically adored cabaret, 'Velvet'. After performing over 250 shows he left the cast to take a principal role in the upcoming ABC iView series 'F*cking Adelaide' and tour with friend and media provocateur Amanda Palmer. In 2017 Brendan joined Sam Sparro, Diesel and David Campbell in The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to George Michael Praying for Time and was selected to join APRA Songhubs Sydney edition where he collaborated up with Death Cab For Cutie's, Chris Walla.
In 2018 Brendan released 'Hibernia' from his upcoming album And The Boyfriends, out March 22, 2019.