Amtrac & The Juan Maclean
Amtrac & The Juan MacLean
Under the Monarch disco ball
Raised in Morehead, Kentucky on a diet of deep cuts by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, Amtrac was lured to the dance realm by crossover acts such as The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, whose influences show in his debut LP, Came Along (2010), a 13-track adventure awash in post-punk influences and indie dance charm. From there, he branched out even further with Hey There Kiddo (2012), an all-sample opus with deep disco roots inspired by one of his favorite albums of all time, Since I Met You by The Avalanches; and his 2012, The Scheme, explores underground deep house vibes with dark, funky rhythms. Most recently he has released his single “Those Days” featuring a Stevie Wonder vocal was released on highly respected dance label Toolroom Records.
But as impressive as his original works may be, one can’t discuss Cornett’s body of work without mentioning what may well be the calling card of his career: the remix. An Amtrac remix has become a coveted commodity in today’s music business – from Majors like Interscope, Warner Bros, Def Jam & Sony to tastemaker labels like Fools Gold, Kitsune, Toolroom, Defected and Ministry of Sound, along with a host of popular artists including Ellie Goulding, Alesso, Elliphant, Axwell, Ingrosso, Two Door Cinema Club, and Kaskade have all requested the Amtrac treatment, and each time he’s delivered (and then some).
Never content to settle, Amtrac’s musical mood and influences change with each passing season. His ambition and curiosity keep him locked on the edge, always happy to experiment with new techniques and sounds. His music is what he feels in the moment. Simply put, his constant evolution comes from a hatred of boredom and a love for his labor. It’s just not in his nature to stagnate.
Juan MacLean is a Brooklyn based DJ and producer who has been a mainstay and defining fixture of the New York cub scene, as well as maintaining a rigorous international touring schedule, since the release of his first records on his DFA record label in 2002. While maintaining residencies in various New York clubs over the years, Juan has graced the decks at legendary venues like Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Tokyo’s Womb, Sao Paulo’s D-Edge, Lisbon’s Luxe, Fabric of London, and countless others in between. He quickly established a reputation as an eclectic and adaptive DJ, utilizing years of music making and performance experience to develop a finely tuned sensitivity to quality selection and reading a room. Never much of a genre purist, Juan’s sets can feature the gamut from Disco to House to some Techno, with detours into Electro or proto-House along the way, often in the same night. He has also produced an extensive catalog of 12”s and LP’s, mostly for the record label established by his old friend James Murphy, DFA Records, including the seminal dance floor hit ‘Happy House,’ first released in 2009. In 2010 Juan was recruited to contribute a mix for the legendary DJ Kick’s series, helping to spread House music to a wider audience on the cusp of the resurgence of House as a world wide phenomenon. Juan has also released on Classic Music Company and New York City’s Let’s Play House, as well as Get Physical, Defected, and Razor N Tape.
Most recently, in 2017 Juan released the most latest EP of his Peach Melba project on the stalwart record label Classic Recording Company, an EP that featured in the Traxxsource Top 10 techno chart and the Juno top 20 Deep House chart. He also released his latest The Juan MacLean 12” on DFA, ‘Can You Ever Really Know Somebody,’ the latest in a long line of dance floor hits featuring vocalist Nancy Whang.
2018 Has been a big year of releases for Juan, with the release of ‘What Do You Feel Free About’ on DFA, the ‘Panic In Fort Greene Park’ EP on Razor N Tape, and ‘Just Once More’ on Classic Music Company.
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