"Watch your step," John MacLean warns as he navigates through Plantain Studio, situated in a West Village basement three floors beneath the offices of DFA Records. It's not that he's unfamiliar with the layout here—the dark-gray studio couch serves as his bed when he makes the trip down from New Hampshire. Instead, it's that the entire studio floor has been pulled up, with bared 2x4s and piled sawdust strewn about as we step around sacks of cement and hunched-over carpenters at work. In a measured, soft voice, MacLean explains that he woke up one morning to six inches of water in the studio hallway, the result of a burst water main out on the street. Thankfully, the studio equipment—and his own imaginary... More >>>
John/Juan (seated at top) overlooks his robotic empire.