Internationally Known Musician Behind 'The Juan MacLean' Calls New Hampshire Home

Apr 29, 2015

The Juan MacLean will be playing live at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth at 9:00 pm tonight (April 29th). Tickets and more information on the show can be found at this link.

When you think of electronic musicians, DJ's that spin thumping dance tracks to swarms of sweaty dancers at A-list parties, do you think of Dover, NH?

Probably not, but Dover is where John MacLean, the force behind The Juan MacLlean, calls home. When Virginia asked him if it feels like he's leading a double life, MacLean said,

"Yeah, I do lead somewhat of a double life. For someone like me, it’s typical that I would live in, you know, New York or Berlin or somewhere like that. But I actually live in Dover, New Hampshire and I have since 1999." 

While it might make more sense from a logistical standpoint for a DJ to live in a big city, being so close to a rural environment does have a positive impact on MacLean's creative process. 

I think if I lived in a more urban environment like New York or London or Berlin, I would get really caught up in the frenzy of the city.

"I definitely go through phases where I wish I were living in New York. I think that living in an area like this gives me, a sort of, breathing room. I think if I lived in a more urban environment like New York or London or Berlin, I would get really caught up in the frenzy of the city. Being here allows me to sit back a bit more and not have all those influences coming at me all the time."

MacLean comes from a live band background, but now he's best known as a DJ. Virginia asked how it compares from a performance aspect, bands typically want all eyes on them, but DJs want a different kind of response from the audience.

"[DJ-ing is] a very utilitarian thing. You’re there basically to make people dance. And that’s something I really liked about it."

You can listen to the full interview here:

Scroll down to see a video from the latest album and a track from MacLean's previous work.

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