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