Chromeo is a Canadian electro-funk duo formed in 2002 in Montreal by David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel.
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The duo met in the mid-1990s at Collège Stanislas in Montreal. Considering their backgrounds, the two childhood friends jokingly describe themselves as “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture”. Around the time when they were both 15, Macklovitch joined Gemayel’s band. During this time, Macklovitch’s younger brother A-Trak (of Duck Sauce) started winning the Disco Mix Club Championships, becoming World Champion in 1997. After the band, Dave 1 and P-Thugg started to produce hip hop music together. Also, at this time Tiga was working with Dave 1 at a record store and asked Dave 1 to work on a project for his label, Turbo. Dave 1 and P-Thugg signed as Chromeo and started creating music together.
Their 2004 debut album, She’s in Control, defined Chromeo and started their music career. Reviews were mostly favorable, comparing the sound to 1980s groups like Hall & Oates, Klymaxx and Sylvester. “Needy Girl” became a world wide club hit. According to Dave 1, “She’s in Control didn’t blow up. But we had “Needy Girl”, and “Needy Girl” was like a musical passport. That song went all around the world and DJs played it everywhere”. In 2005, Chromeo released a mix CD of funky dance tracks on Eskimo Belgium records entitled Un Joli Mix Pour Toi (French for: A Nice Mix for You). In 2006, the group was featured in DJ Mehdi’s song “I Am Somebody”. During early 2007, Chromeo supported indie rock group Bloc Party on their British tour.
After a three-year break, they released a second album, Fancy Footwork, which was also positively reviewed. Chromeo and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates teamed up in the Summer of 2008 for a jam session on Live from Daryl’s House. They would team up once again for a live performance at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. Chromeo released their third studio album entitled Business Casual to critical acclaim on September 14, 2010. In the time since the release, the music video for “Night by Night” has received over 4 million views on YouTube, the band has appeared on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, been on the cover of Future Magazine, and sold out The Forum in London. – Wikipedia