The Juan MacLean

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The Juan MacLean
John MacLean performing live in 2006
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Electronica, dance-punk, house, nu-disco
Years active 2002–present
Labels DFA Records
Associated acts Six Finger Satellite, LCD Soundsystem, !!!, Maserati, Holy Ghost!
Members John MacLean
Nancy Whang
Nicholas Millhiser (live)
Past members Eric Broucek
Jerry Fuchs

John MacLean, better known by the stage name of 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 set up, which he nicknamed "Death From Above").[citation needed]

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 album on the label, Less Than Human, was released in July 2005.

Maclean toured America in 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.[1]

In March 2008 The Juan MacLean released the single "Happy House".[2] This was followed by a tour with Australian band Cut Copy and label-mates Shocking Pinks.[3] This was followed by another single called "One Day" and the album The Future Will Come on April 14, 2009.[4]

"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.[5]

In 2010, Juan released a DJ-Kicks Mix CD on !K7 Records.[6]

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".[7] The first single released was "Can't Let Go", which showed influences from classic Chicago house.[8] In March 2013, The Juan MacLean released a new single called "You're My Destiny".[9]

On 25 June 2014 on Pitchfork Media, The Juan MacLean announced a new album, In a Dream, and its release date, 16 September 2014.[10]





  • "By the Time I Get to Venus" - 2002
  • "You Can't Have It Both Ways" - 2002
  • "Give Me Every Little Thing" - 2003 (split with The Rapture's "Killing")
  • "Tito's Way" - 2005
  • "Love Is in the Air" - 2006
  • "Happy House" - 2008
  • "The Simple Life" - 2008
  • "One Day" - 2009
  • "Feels So Good" - 2010
  • "Can't Let Go" - 2011 (as Peach Melba)
  • "You're My Destiny" - 2013
  • "Feel Like Movin'" - 2013 (split with Shit Robot featuring Reggie Watts' "We Got a Love")
  • "Get Down (With My Love)" - 2014


  • Spectrum 311 – "Lying Eyes" (162 a Records)
  • Trash Palace – "Sex on the Beach" (Discograph)
  • Ralph Myerz – "Think Twice" (Emperor Norton)
  • Chromeo – "Me and My Man" (V2)
  • Air – "Surfing on a Rocket" (EMI)
  • Daft Punk – "Human After All" (EMI)
  • Duchess Saya – "Black Flag" (Summer Lovers)
  • Furukawa Miki – "Coffee and Singing Girl" (Heartfast Japan)
  • Chicken Lips – "White Dwarf" (Adrift Records)
  • Kudu – "Playing House" (Nublu)
  • VHS Or Beta – "You Got Me" (EMI)
  • The Presets – "I Go Hard I Go Home" (Modular)
  • Muscles – "Sweaty" (Modular)
  • Dave Gahan – "Deeper and Deeper" (Mute)
  • MUNK – "Live Fast Die Old" (Gomma)
  • Sally Shapiro – "I Know You're My Love" (Paper Bag)
  • Cobra Starship – "Snakes On A Plane" (Decay)
  • Sneaky Soundsystem – "???" (Whack Recordings)
  • Nu Frequency featuring Snax – "Passage of Time" (Rebirth)
  • Roy Davis Jr – "I Have a Vision" (Scion)
  • Patstique De Reve – "Lost in the City"
  • The Twelves – "Be My Crush" (etcetc)
  • Circle Square – "Hey You Guys" (!K7)
  • Disco Demolition – "Follow Me" (DDR)
  • Franz Ferdinand – "No You Girls" (Domino)
  • All-American Rejects – "Wind Blows" (Interscope)
  • Chairlift – "Evident Utensil" (Columbia)
  • Chairlift – "Bruises" (Columbia)
  • White Lies – "Unfinished Business" (Fiction)
  • Passion Pit – "Green Tank" (French Kiss/Columbia)
  • Toxic Avenger – "The Non-Sense Anthem" (Iheartcomx)
  • Example – "Won’t Go Quietly" (Ministry of Sound Australia)
  • Sidwho – "Vote David Bowie for President" (Adult Arts Club)
  • Midnight Juggernauts – "TNT" (Modular)
  • Spleen United – "Suburbia" (First World/Sony)
  • Disco Biscuits – "You and I" (SCI Fidelity)
  • Tough Alliance – "A New Chance" (Sincerely Yours)
  • Marina & The Diamonds – "Hollywood" (679/Warner Brothers)
  • Bag Raiders – "Way Back Home" (Modular)
  • Romi – "Sleep" (self)
  • Via Tania – "Fields" (The Hours)
  • Styrofoam – "Styroforam" (Nettwerk)
  • My Robot Friend w/ Alison Moyet – "Waiting" (Worried Rainbow)
  • Neon Hitch – "Over You" (Warner Brothers)
  • Cosmic Kids – "Reginald's Groove" (Throne of Blood)
  • Midnight Magic – "Drop" (Permanent Vacation)
  • The Big Crunch Theory – "Arrows" (Versatile)
  • Yoko Ono – "Talking to the Universe"
  • Automagic – "Iris" (Kid Recordings)
  • Superhuman Happiness – "Um Canto de Afoxé Para o Bloco do Ilê” (Sony)
  • Stevie Nicks – "Secret Love" (Reprise)


  1. ^ "Adam Levite technician videography". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Mark (2008-03-06). ""Happy House" [stream]". Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  3. ^ Maher, Dave (2008-04-23). "Cut Copy Tour With Shocking Pinks, Juan Maclean". Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  4. ^ Maher, Dave (2008-08-05). "The Juan Maclean Reveal New Single, Tour". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Maserati/Juan MacLean Drummer Killed in Elevator Accident". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Breihan, Tom (2010-02-19). "The Juan Maclean Readies DJ Kicks". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Josiah (2011-07-12). "Juan MacLean Reveals Peach Melba Side-Project". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Breihan, Tom (2011-07-13). "Juan Maclean Launches Side Project Peach Melba". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Juan Maclean – “You Are My Destiny”". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Beauchemin, Molly. "The Juan MacLean Announce New Album In a Dream, Share "A Place Called Space"". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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