boyhollow on his five favorite Lipgloss guest DJs
Aaron Thackeray The Juan Maclean at Lipgloss July 2010.
3. Juan MacLean (The Juan MacLean/DFA Records)
Juan MacLean played for Lipgloss's ninth anniversary. He was one of the first national DJs who played for us who was strictly electronic and house based in style. I was nervous about how the crowd would respond since we usually incorporate a lot of rock, indie, '80s, soul, etc., into our sets, and I knew he wouldn't be doing that. But Juan absolutely destroyed it. I had, until that point, always been a little ambivalent about DJ sets built entirely out of house music, as I found them a little redundant and boring, but Juan threw down one of the most soulful, varied sets I've ever heard. The dude is a master at what he does. I had the pleasure of playing with him and Jamie Smith from the XX at Beauty Bar in Chicago for a Lollapalooza party shortly after, and in the city where house music is the heart of the club scene, the astonishment and excitement over Juan's set was evident in every face. I think it's pretty cool that when we host Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem this Friday, May 25, that we'll be coming full circle with The Juan Maclean, since she is the vocalist and only member of the band who hasn't yet played Lipgloss.