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The Unobtainium Podcast with Oz Khan: Strategy, Achievement and Personal Development

Jun 1, 2020

What does it take to break into and be critically acclaimed in the film and music industry, what are the tools and tricks of the trade?

In this episode we talk to John Maclean about his success and journey as a musician and film director from, The Beta Band through the to Aliens and Slow West. He gives us a sneak peak into his future projects, how he developed his relationship with Michael Fassbender and then went on to get a major fim commissioned with superb reception. We also talk about the tools and tricks he's learnt along the way. 


John Maclean - A winner of a Bafta and Sundance awards for 2  excellent films. 

Also at the heart of The Beta Band, perhaps one of the greatest yet semi underground band of the 90s and early noughtuesl, there's an argument for the group being the 1990s’ artists artist.

Maclean obtained his bachelor's degree (BA) in drawing and painting from Edinburgh College of Art, and his master's degree (MA) from The Royal College of Art in London. After college, he delivered cars by driving them to their new owners around America; seeing so much of the country later inspired his interest to make a Western.

Maclean was a founding member of the Scottish indie-rock groups The Beta Band from 1997 to 2004 and The Aliens from 2005 to 2008. He also directed music videos for these bands, as well as the video for Hand of Man, Django Django's 2013 single. David Maclean, John's brother, is Django Django's drummer and producer. Those videos came to the attention of Michael Fassbender, who agreed to be involved in a 2009 short film Man on a Motorcycle, and later in Slow West.


Oz Khan is a strategist, passionate about personal development, coach and general all round business person. You can find more on his linkedin profile.