Primarily known to most as the producer, drummer and de-facto band-leader of the Mercury Music Award nominated, Q Music Award winning, critically adored and chart-topping four-piece Django Django, Dave Maclean’s eclectic tastes can be heard amongst the myriad of influences captured on Django Django’s albums.
Having grown up buying vinyl, running club nights and sneaking under-age into some of Scotland's legendary 90's raves and warehouse parties, Maclean is perhaps first and foremost a DJ and a record collector. Looking for a suitable outlet to indulge this passion, in 2015 he realised a long-awaited dream with the launch of his own record label Kick & Clap. With music from both established artistsand new talent, including Rye Rye, Neil Landstrumm, Bullion and Tom Furse, Maclean, as a vinyl DJ himself, releases limited numbers of collectable vinyl, alongside digital, across every release.
“I’ve been collecting records for as long as I can remember. Right across hardcore industrial techno, Chicago house, jungle, hip-hop, psych rock, jazz… anything I liked, I’d buy it and play it out. In a way, Kick + Clap has been in the making since back then and I’ve started it with exactly the same sensibilities; to put out 12″s that make me excited about dance-floor music.” - Dave Maclean
Perfectly illustrating his musical diversity, last year alone, Maclean's extra curricular activities included a journey to Mali with Damon Albarn's Africa Express, whilst he also scored both the Indie Western Slow West (which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance), and The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The White Devil.
Somehow, amongst all of this, and the band’s live commitments, Maclean still finds time to DJ all over the world. And it's this, combined with the launch of Kick & Clap, that has re-ignited his passion for dance music, ultimately leading to his solo artist project early next year, which will see Maclean release solo works, alongside some very exciting collaborations, under his new moniker, Roman Rhodes.