Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Electrofunk
Labels Turbo
Back Yard Recordings
Last Gang
Vice Recordings
David Macklovitch (Dave 1)
Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg)

Chromeo is an electrofunk duo formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2004.



Chromeo is composed of P-Thugg (real name Patrick Gemayel, born in Lebanon b. c. 1979) on keyboards, synthesizers, and talk box, and Dave 1 (real name David Macklovitch, b. June 7, 1978[1][2]) on guitar and lead vocals. The two childhood friends jokingly describe themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture." Patrick Gemayel was born in Lebanon and moved to Canada at the age of 8. [3]

The duo met in the mid-1990s in high school when Macklovitch joined Gemayel's band, around the time they were both 15.[4][5] During this time, Macklovitch's younger brother A-Trak started winning the Disco Mix Club Championships, becoming World Champion in 1997.[6]

After the band, Dave 1 and P-Thugg started to produce hip hop 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.[5] Dave 1 and P-Thugg signed as Chromeo in 2001, and started creating tracks in 2002.[7]

The debut album, She's in Control, released in 2004, defined Chromeo and started their music career. Reviews were mostly favorable, comparing the sound to 80's groups like Hall & Oates,[8][9] Klymaxx and Sylvester.[10] "Needy Girl" became a world wide club hit.[11] 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 (A Pretty Mix For You). During early 2007 Chromeo supported indie rock group Bloc Party on their British tour.[11]

After a three year break, they released a second album, Fancy Footwork, which was also positively reviewed.[12][13]

The album took them on a two-year world tour performing in festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds in the UK, Fujirock in Japan, Iceland Airwaves in Iceland, Pemberton Music Festival in Canada and Coachella, Bonnaroo, Rothbury Festival and Lollapalooza in the US.

Chromeo contributed to K7's mixed series titled DJ-Kicks: Chromeo. In summer 2010 the track 'Fancy Footwork' was used as the sound track for a VO5 Extreme Hair Gel advertisement in the UK. The YouTube video of the original release in 2008 had over 666,000 hits by late July 2010.

Chromeo released their third studio album entitled Business Casual on September 14, 2010.[14]

Macklovitch is currently earning his Ph.D in French Literature from Columbia University.[15][16]

Their song "Don't Turn The Lights On" is featured on the video game FIFA 11 exposing them to a new group of listeners. In 2011 the same song was also featured on the video game Dirt3. Their song Bonified Lovin (Yuksek remix) is also on the video game FIFA 09.

At the beginning of March 2011, Chromeo sent out notice that it had recorded the "world's smallest album," entitled Drive Time, which consists of 55 songs in only 183 seconds.[17] About a week later, it was revealed that Drive Time is actually a free musical Nokia Own Voice satellite navigation pack for Ovi Maps, made for usage with Nokia's compatible cell phones.[18] A red vinyl 5" single consisting of regular, instrumental and a cappella versions of "Turn Left" and "Follow" was released to promote it, with a sticker on the shrink wrap saying that it was a numbered limited edition of 40 copies.


Studio albums
Mixed compilations
  • She's in Control
    • "You're So Gangsta" 12" (with Playgroup remix)
    • "Destination: Overdrive" 12" (with DFA remix)
    • "Me & My Man" 12" (with Whitey remix)
    • "Needy Girl" 12" (with Zdar dub)
    • "Needy Girl" UK 12" (with Bloc Party and Paper Faces remixes)
  • Fancy Footwork
    • "Fancy Footwork" 12" (with Thomas Barfod and Surkin remixes)
    • "Fancy Footwork" UK EP (with Zdar dub and Guns N Bombs remixes)
    • "Fancy Footwork" UK 12" (with Laidback Luke and Kissy Sell Out remixes)
    • "Tenderoni" 12" (with Etienne de Crécy and Proxy remixes)
    • "Tenderoni" UK 12" (with MSTRKRFT and Sinden remixes)
    • "Bonafied Lovin'" 12" (with Riot in Belgium, Les Petits Pilous and Jori Hulkkonen remixes)
    • "Bonafied Lovin'" UK 12" (with Yuksek, Teenagers and Headman remixes)
  • DJ Kicks
    • "I Can't Tell You Why" 7"
  • Business Casual
    • "Night By Night" (free download with Skreak and Siriusmo remixes)
    • "Don't Turn The Lights On" 12" (with Aeroplane, Carte Blanche and Christian Martin remixes)
    • "Hot Mess" 12" (with Duck Sauce, Djedjotronic and Riva Starr remixes)
    • "When The Night Falls" 12" (with Crowdpleaser and Hercules & Love Affair remixes)
    • "When The Night Falls" EP (with Breakbot, Hercules & Love Affair, Lifelike remixes and Mayer Hawthorne cover)
  • Needy Girl, directed by: Tomorrow's Brightest Minds
  • Tenderoni, directed by: Surface2Air
  • Bonafied Lovin, directed by: Nina Nourizadeh
  • Fancy Footwork, directed by: Ben Levine
  • Momma's Boy, directed by: Stephane Manel
  • Night by Night, directed by: Surface2Air
  • Don't Turn the Lights On, directed by: Keith Schofield
  • Hot Mess, directed by: Surface2Air
  • When the Night Falls, directed by: DANIELS

Awards and nominations

Chromeo awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
mtvU Woodie Awards
1 1
CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards
1 1
MTV Video Music Awards
0 2
Awards won 2
Nominations 3


  • In 2006, the group was featured in DJ Mehdi's song "I am Somebody."
  • Chromeo and Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates teamed up in the Summer of 2008 for a jam session on Live from Daryl's House.[22] They will be teaming up once again for a live performance at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.[23]


  • On October 17, 2007, they performed "Fancy Footwork" on Jimmy Kimmel Live[24]
  • On June 17, 2008, they made a second appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed "Fancy Footwork" again.[25]
  • On November 8, 2008, they appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, performing an unplugged version of "Momma's Boy" with an eight piece string section.[26]
  • In February 2009, they appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba with an original song about washing hands.[27]
  • On September 20, 2010 they appeared on Late Show with David Letterman performing "Night By Night."
  • On February 21, 2011 they appeared on Conan, performing "Hot Mess."
  • On March 27, 2011 they performed "Hot Mess" live at the 2011 Juno Awards.
  • On November 9th, 2011 they performed "When The Night Falls" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.



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  3. ^ "CHROMEO on Myspace Music". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  4. ^ - "Kicking It With Chromeo"
  5. ^ a b Aaron Joseph (July 2007). "P-Thugg interview @ The Official Chromeo Make Up Party". Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "DMC DJ Championships". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  7. ^ - Review: DJ KiCKS Re(Mix)
  8. ^ vinnie baggadonuts, changed man (February 2004). "cd review CHROMEO - SHE'S IN CONTROL". tastes like chicken, LLC. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Mark Pytlik (staff) (22 February 2004). "Album Review Chromeo She's In Control". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Rolling Stone - Review: She's In Control[dead link]
  11. ^ a b "Issue #67 featuring Chromeo Interview with Dave 1 and P-Thugg". ION Publishing Group. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  12. ^ StarPulse - Review: Fancy Footwork
  13. ^ - Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (Review), July 24, 2007
  14. ^ [1] Chromeo YouTube Channel
  15. ^ Robert Jackman (25 July 2010). "BBC - Music - Review of Chromeo - Fancy Footwork". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Department of French and Romance Philology - Graduate Student Profiles". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  17. ^ "Chromeo Make "World's Smallest Album"". Exclaim!. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Nokia - Own Voice for Ovi Maps". Nokia. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  19. ^ Grant Lawrence (19 December 2007). "CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence #135 - The 2007 Bucky Awards". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  20. ^ by Shelia. "mtvU "Woodie Awards" Winners Announcement: Paramore, Motion City Soundtrack, Chromeo, Jack’s Mannequin and More " e-Spot – The Entertainment Spot". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  21. ^ "2011 VMA Nominations"". Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  22. ^ "Chromeo And Daryl Hall — Yes, Of Hall & Oates — Team Up For Sure-To-Be-Epic Jam Session » MTV Newsroom". 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  23. ^ "Artists". Bonnaroo. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  24. ^ "Chromeo on Jimmy Kimmel Live". Culture Bully. 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  25. ^ "Chromeo "Fancy Footwork" on Jimmy Kimmel Live 6-17-08 - Elbows Music Blog Aggregator". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  26. ^ "CHROMEO ON CONAN O’BRIEN PERFORMING MOMMA’S BOY WITH AN 8 PIECE STRING SECTION THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7th | J!-ENT entertainment news pop culture TV music DVD Blu-ray reviews fashion celebrity USA Asia UK". 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  27. ^ "Chromeo Visits Kids Show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" (Video)". TheMusic.FM. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
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