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 is joined by tour drummer 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.
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