Today, sees the release of Foundation, the new EP from Vancouver band,Terrace. A homage to those late night blueprints and the soundtrack that the DJ’s…Read More
John MacLean, better known by the stage name The Juan MacLean, is an American electronic musician.
Maclean was guitarist for the post-hardcore band Six Finger Satellite, based in Providence, Rhode Island. The band was struck by several tragedies, and Maclean eventually moved into production duties, utilizing his home studio in Providence (nicknamed “The Parlor”). Eventually James Murphy joined the band as sound engineer (where he became known for a punishing tour PA setup, which he nicknamed “Death From Above”).
Eventually the band broke up, and Maclean spent several years out of the music business, getting a degree at the Providence College and teaching English in New Hampshire. He continued a friendship with Murphy, who moved to New York City and founded influential dance-punk label DFA Records and started LCD Soundsystem. Murphy urged Maclean to get back into music, and got Maclean experimenting with modern electronic mixing equipment; DFA would include several Maclean compositions on compilation records.
His first full length album on the label, Less Than Human, was released in July 2005.
Maclean toured America in Fall 2006 in support of The DFA Remixes Chapter 2.
On videos for “Give Me Every Little Thing” and “Tito’s Way”, MacLean was joined by tour drummer, the late Jerry Fuchs. Other touring members include Eric Broucek and Nicholas Millhiser, and “Dance With Me” features vocalist Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem. The video for “Give Me Every Little Thing” was directed by Ben Dickenson of Waverly Films. The video for “Tito’s Way” was directed by Adam Levite as Associates in Science.
In March 2008 The Juan MacLean released the single “Happy House”. This was followed by a tour with Australian band Cut Copy and label-mates Shocking Pinks. This was followed by another single called “One Day” and the album The Future Will Come on April 14, 2009.
“Happy House” was re-released in the summer of 2009. It was promoted with a video directed by The Wilderness featuring singer Nancy Whang and a collection of back-up dancers including members of other DFA bands.
On November 8, 2009, the band’s live drummer, Jerry Fuchs – who also drummed for Maserati and !!! died after falling down an elevator shaft.
In 2010, Juan released a DJ-Kicks Mix CD on !K7 Records.
In 2011 Juan Maclean began collaborating with singer Amy Douglas under the name Peach Melba. This new collaboration was for music considered “too ‘housey’ for proper Juan Maclean releases”. The first single released was “Can’t Let Go”, which showed influences from classic Chicago house. In March 2013, The Juan MacLean released a new single called “You’re My Destiny”.
In support of their new album, In A Dream, The Juan MacLean are sharing The Wilderness directed-video for the single, “A Simple Design.” The Wilderness and The Juan MacLean previously worked together on the video for “Happy House.” Juan MacLean will be playing a bunch of DJ gigs over the next few months. Creative partner:Read More
With LCD Soundsystem now in the past-tense for the past three years, there has now been plenty of breathing room for the DFA label’s other stars to really shine without living in the shadow of the their flagship band. That being said, I started this review by talking about LCD Soundsystem.But seriously:Read More
After sharing In A Dream‘s epic opening number, the progressive, disco-oriented “A Place Called Space,” The Juan MacLean is excited to unveil “A Simple Design,” one of the most…Read More
The Juan MacLean, the duo of extraordinary producer/remixer Juan MacLean and the vibrant Nancy Whang, will release their third full-length album and first in five years, In A Dream, on September 16th via DFA Records. Successfully weathering,Read More
The Juan MacLean have weathered electroclash, disco-punk, electro-disco, techno, house, deep house, and whatever we can call the sound of today. They never feel totally in step with the moment, but somehow always feel right,Read More