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Chromeo's Proud Of Its '70s Pop Influences

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The Montreal-formed dance music duo Chromeo has been on the map for hipsters since emerging in 2004 with singles such as “She’s So Gangsta” and “Destination: Overdrive.”

But the audience has expanded during the past year thanks to the patronage of Daryl Hall, who heard of Chromeo’s fondness for Hall & Oates and hosted the duo on his monthly Internet program and performed with it at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee.

“I knew about Hall & Oates growing up and was a fan of them,” says Chromeo’s David 1 (real name David Macklovitch), who formed the group with high school friend P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) in 2002. “I saw a symmetry in the fact we both pay homage to black music and both integrate electronic influences in a very progressive way, although we’re coming from a slightly different context.

“It’s the most amazing thing for a musician to be able to play alongside your musical mentor, your greatest influence. It was surreal, as you can imagine.”

Chromeo tapped some other unlikely influences — soft rockers such as Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins and Toto — for the group’s third album, “Business Casual,” which comes out Sept. 14 and is preceded by the new single “Don’t Turn the Lights On.” But David 1, 32, is confident the new music still has the edge fans expect from Chromeo.

“When we were first name-dropping Hall & Oates, people would laugh at us,” he recalls. “They thought I was joking. Look now, and Hall & Oates is the most trendy band in the world. Five years from now Toto is going to be the most trendy bands in the world. Those things go in cycles.

“But, y’know, we don’t care about those trends. We just love the music itself.”

Chromeo, Holy Ghost and Telephoned perform Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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