QC INTERVIEW: CHROMEO

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Quiet Color: You guys have been touring with PBF. What’s that been like? Are you guys fans of his music?

Chromeo: You mean Peanut Butter Wolf? Not only are we fans of his music, but we’ve been fans of his label for years. Peanut and Stones Throw are true underground hip hop pioneers. When I had a record shop back in Montreal, his label was one of my faves. It’s an honor to have him open for us. Besides, what he does as a video dj is the perfect set-up for our show…

QC: Your tour ends in December in London. What’s next for you guys?

CH: Working on a new album. We’re going to Australia early next year, but the priority is really to work on the new record.

MOMMA’s BOY BY CHROMEO:

QC: Details!

CH: We’re starting in November. We have a couple of demos and song ideas, but we have to start putting everything together now. We can’t wait. We want to follow up quick.

QC: I’m a big fan of Fancy Footwork. How do you see your sound progressing from that album? Do you see it moving in any other directions?

CH: It’s hard to tell at this point. Our favorite songs on FaFo are 100% and Momma’s Boy, so maybe we’ll explore that direction further. The Michael McDonald, Kenny Logins axis. We definitely want to focus on vocal harmonies, song structures, pre choruses. Slower tempos too, perhaps — we haven’t done enough ballads. But you know, we can’t forget the funk in all of this…


QC: Whenever I hear the song “Bonafide Lovin,’” I can’t help but picture an awesome 80′s movie scene where a kid turns up his new jam on the boombox at a party and gets it jumpin. What’s your favorite 80′s flick? Have any specific movies or shows ever inspired music in you guys?

CH: Pee wasn’t even in Canada during most of the 80s! I grew up watching C.H.I.P.S or movies like Teen Wolf, but we don’t really think of visual scenes when we write our songs. We just view every track as an aesthetic project: using specific synths, trying to capture specific textures or harmonies. We watch a lot of late 70s and early 80s classic rock YouTubes. Journey or Fleetwood Mac live clips, for instance. Stuff like that really inspires us, for some reason. I guess the most influential 80s TV show on us has to be the old Sesame Streets…

QC: There are some great artists coming out of Canada these days. Who’s a band/dj/musician that you’re particularly proud to call a fellow Canadian?

CH: I mean…our boy Tiga who signed us first, my brother A-Trak. DJs like Kid Koala. We like Mstrkrft…a lot of the indie bands too. Frankly, it doesn’t really matter to us where a band is from. If you’re dope, you’re dope. The freshest Canadian act ever is still The Band. We watch The Last Waltz all day…

QC: You guys have been best buds since you were kids, and now here you are. Don’t you ever get sick of each other, especially on the road? How do you deal?

CH: We have our little tiffs here and there, but we know each other so well, it’s like we’re an old Jewish couple or something. Everything quickly gets resolved. I used to hate touring, but that’s also because it used to be just Pee and I schlepping in his car. Now that we’ve got a crew touring with us and that touring has increasingly become Pee’s jurisdiction, I’m way more serene. The fact that our recent tours have been sold out helps as well, ha.

QC: I hear y’all are up for a Woodie! Congrats, that’s a pretty cool award.

CH: Yep. I doubt that we’ll win though, but those things don’t really matter to us. We’re more excited that the video that got nominated was something we paid for and conceived ourselves.

QC: Well, I’m looking forward to the show tonight at Webster, just bought a shit ton of glowsticks! Have fun, and thanks for chatting with us!

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