With Chromeo’s “Business Casual Tour” kicking off July 26th, and their new album release set to drop in early September it’s important for us to get to know the funktastic duo, made up of David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel, respectively nicknamed Dave 1 and P-Thugg, who have been dotting the charts with hip-thrusting, steamy singles since the beginning of this decade. Although their debut album “She’s in Control” dropped in 2004 with favorable response from fans and critics alike, it was their 2007 release of “Fancy Footwork” that put this duo on the mainstream focus and dance club maps. With building anticipation for their new album “Business Casual“ to hit the soundwaves, needless to say, we had a lot of questions that we wanted to ask these boys! Fortunately, and to our delight, Dave 1 was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule and have a nice little phone chat to us about the new album, and give us inside info about some of the awesome collaborations included on Chromeo’s new album & tell us about “Chipsters”, his feelings about dubstep, and those unique qualities that he finds sexy in a woman…
So you guys are kicking off your Business Casual Tour on July 26th, which is all very exciting! So, can you tell me in five words or less, what your new album is all about?
Uh, five words or less? Let’s see, well, sexy, sophisticated, & dancey funk.
How’s that demonstrated in your upcoming album? Are there any particular tracks that truly exemplify the essence of your style?
Yeah, definitely. “Night by Night” is a good one, & there’s [also] a song called “Hot Mess”. Those are definitely our classic sort-of “Chromeo funk.” Songs like “Don’t Turn the Lights On”- the single that is out now, would maybe be a little more ballad-y than like our classic style, maybe be a little more sophisticated, but that’s also what we were trying to go towards.
Absolutely. The new song is very ballad-y but still totally diggable.
Thanks! I’m happy you like it. We’ve always had ballads, so that’s something that’s important to us. In electronic music, there’s not many people that can pull [ballads] off. It’s important after a song that was so in your face, like “Night by Night”, we wanted to pick something out that was a little bit smoother. But then you’ll see in the video it takes it to whole other direction anyway.
Speaking of your track,“Night by Night” you guys produce tracks that are extremely versatile, thus making your songs extremely “remixable”, which has been demonstrated by the massive amount of Chromeo remixes there are out there, by a various range of artists. One particular remix we quite fancy is one by San Diego’s own Bubblegum Sci Fi of your track “Night by Night” – have you heard it?
Yeah! I have heard of it actually. I think I’ve heard of all the remixes actually. I really like Skream’s remix, and Siriusmo’s remix too. I’m happy with every remix. You know what I mean? It’s a way for us to give back to the aspiring producers. We give them a track, and we’re like “go crazy, just have fun with it!” Other times, it gives us a way to collaborate with others. The outcome becomes a collaboration between us and them.
On that note of collaborations, there’s been some back and forth dialogue about a possible collaboration with you guys and Aeroplane. Can we expect something [from you & Aeroplane] in the future?
Yes, absolutely. I think you guys will get a nice little 1-2 punch. It’s sitting on the laptop waiting, waiting for the perfect moment. Actually there will be a lot of cool collaborations.
Can you tell us about a few?
Umm, Not really.
Well, stalking your Twitter this morning I saw that you guys are doing a collaboration with La Roux on the album… Can you tell us what song you’ll be working with?
HA! [La Roux] has a special version of a song on our album, a new version we did with her. You don’t know which song it is, because you haven’t heard it yet. We took the song from the album and then she wrote it, and we just redid the whole thing.
Given the many different & diversified perspectives and ideas, it must be difficult to fuse all these various ideas together, especially when you’re doing a remix? Is that a valid assumption?
The thing about us is that we don’t do remixes: We just do a special “Chromeo versions” of the song. I’ll add vocals and we really turn whoever’s song that we’re remixing, into own songs. We [have] full-on collaborations, like one with Solange, where she’s actually singing on it, in the chorus. [We also have a] couple other ones like that. We don’t even collaborate that much usually, so it’s fun when we get to do it.
With your album dropping soon and your Business Casual Tour beginning just next week, along with doing all these remixes & collaborations, you guys are pretty busy huh?
Yeah of course! It’s work, but what you gonna do? You know?
You two seem to be really advanced in the field of the internet, more so than some of your counterparts. You guys consistently maintain a blog, you update your fans via Facebook and now recently, using Twitter, but regardless, you guys, unapologetically still use some “old world computer” to make your music on?
Exactly. Some things never change! We still use our world old computer from the 90’s!
Well, then are there certain limitations that you guys run into when making your album?
Of course there are limitations! I can’t even begin to tell you, you know what I mean? I think creating with limitations, you need some of those restraints sometimes. We believe that when you have unlimited possibilities [on newer technology] it’s almost too easy, and there’s no challenge. I remember when I first started making hip-hop beats, you only had like 16 seconds of sampler time. It kind of forced you to do it yourself, and to become more crafty and creative with it. Sometimes constraints are good.
Given the name of my website, TheMixster.com, I have to ask, could you please explain to me exactly what a “Chipster” is?
A chipster? I dunno those are chips that P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) found, I don’t even know where he found them, but I think it was in Serbia?
I wish it were something other than just a chip.
I know, right?
So you guys have been all over the map lately, from the UK to Istanbul to Brazil. What city has been the most memorable?
I mean we had a fun time in Paris, we’ve got a bunch of friends there. We had a great time in Barcelona, in London because we have friends there. I mean we have a blast everywhere we go. Istanbul as well, we spent a couple days there, and that was really fun.
Aside from all the assumptions of it being absolutely magical, what was it like playing alongside Daryl Hall at Bonnaroo, in front of tens of thousands, this past year?
Amazing. It’s hard to put it into words. It was one of the most amazing moments. Definitely a highlight in our career. I mean it was really…. It was a blessing. [Something like that] doesn’t happen a lot.
Wow, you’re still very much in awe, I’m glad you had the opportunity to do that
Yeah, of course. And we’re going to do it again.
Oh you’re going to do it again?! When’s that happening?
Ha, I don’t know yet. But it will happen again. Soon.
What are you listening to these days?
I just bought the Rick Ross record this morning. Yeah, and still a lot of hip-hop. The new Roots album I like a lot too. I listen to a bunch of stuff. I still listen to the really cheesy R&B stuff, like The Dream, I mean, he’s one of my favorites. Also, I’ve got a guilty pleasure for that new Kid Cudi and Kanye sequel.
There’s a love/hate relationship for that I think for most people in the blogosphere
Yeah, [Kid Cudi] is a friend of mine, but rap/rock I’m just not a huge fan of. But his song, I feel like it’s going to be such a huge record. I like that, I like Swedish House Mafia, I like my boy Skream from the UK– the dubstep artist — he’s great! Really I listen to a bunch of stuff. But as far as what I just bought, this morning, was the Rick Ross record.
Are there any particular breakout artists that you’re excited about these days?
How about just giving me a list of names and I’ll see…
Ok, so there’s Breakbot?
Are you excited about Sleigh Bells?
Yeah, you know what? I’ve kind-of listened to Sleigh Bells, I haven’t listened to enough of them, Yeah, I gotta get a little bit more into them. I’m not the most familiar with Sleigh Bells yet. But this is definitely their year.
It seems like you’re very much into the hip-hop and everything, so how do you feel about dubstep?
You’re actually the second person who’s asked me that today! I love dubstep. I like all that stuff, pretty much right up until it gets played out. I just hope that with dubstep, it’s not going to be too much too soon, you know what I mean? [At that point] It’s not fun anymore. You don’t want the sound to become over-saturated, but I like [dubstep]. Like I said, Skream, who is a dubstep artist from the UK, did a really cool remix for us, so I’m a really big fan of it.
Very Cool. So what do you think about Rusko?
Yeah, he’s dope. I like him too. Plus a lot of those guys are friends of mine, so I know Skream- that’s my boy. Ha, I’m just trying to think of more breakout artists. I don’t know who else broke out this year. I’m still stuck on like Dxx from last year! Wait, you know who I like? There’s one breakout band I really think is dope, is Hertz. Yeah, those guys are dope.
You seem to always have you ear to the ground.
YES. Always, always.
OK this I think is a very important question. What’s so appealing about a woman who doesn’t know what time it is?
Ah, well you know, that became a pretty big thing. Alright, so I was sitting at a table and there were these two chicks next to me, and one of them had on a huge, obnoxious watch. It made me think a lot of the Sex and the City type of girls, where they wear those big watches. I don’t think that looks good at all! And so, I just tweeted about it and then I sort of had to explain myself. I mean there is something very attractive about a girl who doesn’t really care about timeliness and punctuality, there’s like a certain charm to that I find. A very sexy nonchalance let’s just say.
Very cool, well it’s good, I don’t wear a watch either. Makes me feel a little bit better.
I mean if a girl wants to wear a watch, that’s cool too but I mean I just feel the really big ones are obnoxious for no reason. I just like, a girl that’s delicate.
When is your new album expected to drop? Are we going to see it by the end of this summer?
Chromeo’s “Business Casual Tour” will be stopping through San Diego on August 16th, laying down the funk and shutting the the lights off at The House Blues, along with Holy Ghost! and Telephoned. The boys didn’t even have enough tickets left for us to give away a pair on the site, so get your hands on those bad boys ASAP before they sell out!! I know we will be chomping at the Ticketmaster bit as well, DON’T WAIT!!!