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It’s been over three years since Chromeo released the electrofunk classic Fancy Footwork, and the fact that the Montreal duo is now gearing up to unleash a third album, Business Casual, is kind of a big deal. It’s bound to be a hot, spicy, hard and sensitive love affair that will resonate across the globe, so naturally when we sent our lovely contributor Sara Booboosh to interview Chromeo’s left brain Patrick Gemayel (aka P-Thugg), we didn’t mention it once. 

Romeo mixed with some chrome for some modern-day romance, or Chromeo, what the fuck does it mean?
Chromeo is a mixture of chrome and Romeo.
That’s what I just said. I guessed it right.
Yes, metal and romance. Metal is the macho side, and romance is the soft side. It’s the macho lover.
You are a macho lover.
I am a macho lover.
What were you for Halloween last year, and what are you going to be this year?

We do the same thing every year. I dress up as Dave [Macklovitch] and he dresses up as me. Maybe this year we’ll go as the Blues Brothers.
How does it feel to be in Dave’s shoes?
It’s very tight and unpleasant.
Have you ever seen Dave naked?
Yes, I have seen Dave naked.
Does it turn you on?
[Laughs] Not really.
When was your first kiss?
I was 13 and it was the back alley behind the school.
Were you guys math wizards, drama class nerds, or smoking skids?
I was a math wiz, Dave was a drama class nerd.
Describe one of your lunches when you were in grade school.
I had the best lunches. I had quiches, Orangina, chocolate bars, pastries, St-André sandwiches. My parents had a grocery store, so I had the best lunches in school. Everybody was stuck with bologna sandwiches.
What would you do if you weren’t doing what you are doing?
I would probably be an accountant and have a large family of six kids.
What’s the best moment you’ve ever had during a show?
Two weeks ago in Hungary – random country, random city – these kids showed up to the show with mannequin legs, symbolizing our famous keyboard stand legs. We were pretty surprised by that.
Best prank ever done to you?
This guy attached a five-dollar bill to a fishing rod – that was two years ago on tour, and I can tell you who it is, it’s Curt [Cameruci] from Flosstradamus. Knowing how cheap I am he attached five dollars to a fishing rod, and he put it down the stairs. I saw the five dollars from up the stairs and ran down like a maniac, and as soon as I got to it he pulled it away with the fishing rod.
Who would you be if you were to be a female?
I would be Grace Jones.
I just saw her play in London last week. She is 62 years old and she still goes on stage half naked. She looks incredible. Nice ass, nice long legs. Her legs are taller than me.
Are you a tits man or an ass man?
Do you have a foot fetish?
No, no foot fetishes.
Short skirts or short shorts?
Short skirts.
Where are the finest females at?
London has done a very good job in the last five years. I think that is where I saw the best-looking girls.
Bad answer. You’re supposed to say Montreal.
Montreal is all right. Montreal is better than New York, I’ll tell you that.
Do you like it best when she works the pole or the piano?
The piano.
So you meet an awesome female. She gives you her number. How many days do you wait to call her?
I call her right away.
How many days before the night by night?
Six months. I go the classy way.
I heard you forgot your lyrics at Bonnaroo. Do tell.
We had only seven or eight hours of rehearsals with Daryl Hall. I forgot one part, which was actually pretty funny. After the song he said, “Hey, P, by the way, the song goes like this” – and then he played it and we had a good laugh, and then we went on to the next song.
Describe to me Barcelona’s vibe when you were there when Spain won the World Cup final.
I was very anxious because they lasted until overtime. It was really stressful, you could feel people in the streets very anxious. And as soon as they scored the last goal, people lost it completely.
Besides 7-Up and Orange Crush, what do you fancy sipping on?
Jamaican Kola Champagne. That’s another pop too. I love pop.
If you were a bird, who would you shit on?
I would shit on BP executives.
Hall or Oates?
Hall & Oates.
Good answer, very politically correct. Name me three of your OCDs?
Cleaning my shoes, flossing my teeth and cleaning my car up.
What’s the weirdest thing you have in your car?
A Brobee puppet.
Being a French speaker from Montreal, who is your favourite French singer?
My favourite French singer? FRANCIS CABREL. Write it in capital letters and in bold characters.
How do you feel about Canadian music videos?
They are so passé that they are about to become trendy again.
Canadian hip hop? The answer still applies. Well, Drake is Canadian. So I guess Canadian hip hop is doing great.
Now that the music scene is getting funky again, and house music is back, what direction is Chromeo going to go in? Disco? We’re going to keep doing what we are doing. We are just going to be more refined than anything else.
It was great talking to you, we should go out for coffee sometime.
We will.

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