Chromeo is a Canadian electro-funk duo from Montreal, formed in 2002 by musicians David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel. Featuring a sound influenced by blue-eyed soul, dance music, rock, and varied styles, they’ve released four studio albums, their latest being 2014’s White Women.
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 worldwide 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”. The song “You’re So Gangsta” was featured as the theme tune for the PC game Space Colony. 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.