Chromeo’s members, Dave and Patrick, met in school, and started working together when Dave joined Patrick’s band when they were both fifteen. When the band broke up, they started producing hip hop together. During this time Dave was working at a music store with Canadian DJ and producer Tiga Sontag. Tiga asked Dave and Patrick to sign under his label, and Chromeo was born. In 2004, Chromeo released their first album, She’s in Control. The album itself had limited success, however, the single “Needy Girl” became a worldwide club hit. After a three year hiatus, Fancy Footwork was released on May 8, 2007. The album had more success than Chromeo’s first effort, reaching number eleven on the Top Electronic Albums. The three singles from the album, “Fancy Footwork”, “Tenderoni”, and “Bonafied” did not have the same success as “Needy Girl”.
Business Casual, Chromeo’s third album and major label debut, was released on September 14, 2010, with Atlantic records. The album peaked at number 70 on the Billboard 200 chart, four on US Dance/Electronic albums, and 44 on the Canadian Albums chart. The album’s success led to a performance of the lead single “Night by Night” on the Late Show with David Letterman on September 20, 2010. Their third single from the album, “Hot Mess”, was performed by Chromeo on Conan on February 21, 2011. Other singles from the album included “Don’t Turn the Lights On” and “When the Night Falls”. Chromeo’s sound can be compared to 80s groups such as Hall & Oats, Klymaxx, and Sylvester. Uninterested in creating material that is groundbreaking, Chromeo has made a name for itself by creating music that is reminiscent of the popular music of the 1980s while combining elements of modern electronic music.
Chromeo White Woman and 2015 Tour
On May 12, 2014, Chromeo released their fourth album, White Woman. White Woman debuted at number six in Canada and at number eleven on the Billboard 200. White Woman included the single “Jealous”, which reached number twelve in Canada and number fifteen on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. It was also featured on a Canadian Mazda commercial and an episode of Dancing with the stars. In 2015, Chromeo continued to tour in support of the album, with performances all over America, including dates in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Venues varied between festivals, nightclubs, and theatres. Dave “Dave 1” Malckovitch plays guitar and does vocals for the group while Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel plays keyboard, synthesizer, bass guitar, and talk box. Chromeo tickets are available for their upcoming shows.