Dance-funk outfit Chromeo are P-Thugg and Dave 1, two Montreal-bred musicians who bonded over a surprising love of Hall & Oates. Since 2004 the duo have been crafting sophisticated and sensuous dance tunes on albums like 2007’s breakout Fancy Footwork and last year’s follow-up, Business Casual.
Five Questions with Chromeo
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
P-Thugg: For me it’s Roger Troutman. My whole career is based on copying him, whether it’s his guitar playing, his talk box, or playing his songs or his drum sounds. Everything. He is the one who created and produced all the music for Zapp.
Dave 1: People know about him but not enough people know about him. They know him as the guy in the Tupac song, but they should know him for the real sort of obscure ’70s tragic genius that he is. And I guess another one for me would be Shuggie Otis; again, some people know him, but most people don't. He is still considered obscure. And he was kind of a predecessor to Prince. Somewhere in between Jimi Hendrix and Prince. He was like a virtuoso guitar player and a really young musical prodigy and he kind of sang like Prince. Apparently, at one point, The Rolling Stones asked him to join their band and he said no and he kept doing his own music and he did just a limited number of songs and he stopped. He just quit. And so I like him a lot.
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
D1: The thing is that we have access to every record in the world. It’s called the internet. So it is not even like a remote possibility.
P-T: You can go on the internet and listen to anything you want.
D1: Nowadays, you can even listen to the separated tracks of every record. They have those for some classic records too.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
P-T: Michael Jackson - Bad.
D1: Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction Actually, no... I've got earlier ones. Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, but that was from my parents collection and my parents played that for me all the time when I was a baby. But then the first cassette I bought with my own money was Appetite for Destruction.
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
P-T: Yeah, or having sex.
- We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
P-T: Each other.