Prizm News / January 13, 2019 / By Brad Henry
By Brad Henry
The Crush Club was one of the most refreshing finds of 2018.
Crush Club is a duo: TC Milan and Le Chev from NYC. The sound is best described as infectious, melodic dance grooves with hints of disco and pop embedded into a modern-day Latin, funky party mix.
The band is like a musical Batman series from the ’70s. TC Milan sports a Freddie Mercury-style mustache and is giant ball of energy, while Le Chev is like the faithful sidekick using his braun, brains and musical stylings to make sure that everything else goes flawlessly.
How would best explain the Crush Club?
TC: Crush Club is a celebration of life! We want you to feel good.T that’s our goal.
You state that part of your inspiration comes from origins of funk, such as Roger and Zapp. Dayton, Ohio is the epicenter of the funk universe and home to the Funk Museum. How does this integrate into your music?
Le Chev: We’ve been DJing in New York for a while, and we’ve found that funk is the ultimate connector between all our favorite genres: hip hop, House, jazz, disco, it’s infused in all our favorite genres, the backbone of all our favorite tracks. It also makes people uncontrollably happy and dance with their lower halves.
That’s awesome Zapp and Roger grew up in Ohio. Such legends!
Club culture has changed pretty dramatically over the last 20 years. Some people even state that it’s dying out in NYC. In your travels, what have you seen and what are your thoughts?
TC: Well, you still have Ladyfag, Susanne Bartsch, JD Samson and Amber Valentine all throwing insane parties in NYC all the time. I think there’s still a scene here and it’s thriving. And as we traveled across the country with Sofi Tukker, we were really impressed to see bumpin’ nightlife all over the States. We had an especially rowdy night in Atlanta at MJQ Concourse. There was a House room, a Top 40 Zone and an amazing hip-hop dance room that totally went off! It blew our minds.
You have a large LGBTQ following. How does this influence your music?
TC: Our music is inclusive for sure. It definitely helps that LGBTQ folks tend to love dancing and coming together to share joy! We connect to that. I’m lucky to be representing the culture as much as I can.
What’s next for Crush Club?
Le Chev: NEW MUSIC! We’re in the studio working on demos. Also, Supermini made a remix for “Trust” that’s out now on Tinted Records in Australia/New Zealand and Another Rhythm Records in UK and Europe.
Something no one knows about you:
TC: We used to be in love. Now Le Chev is married and has a baby. Just kidding. I love them!
Favorite way to relax and unwind:
TC: Listening to Ibiza’s “Beach Grooves” Radio.
Le Chev: I like riding the A train out to the Rockaways and back. It’s so pretty!
One person you could spend one hour with and what would you do:
Le Chev: Dr. Lonnie Smith! I got to record him on a Matthew Barney movie, and he’s such a master of his instrument. He makes music seem so powerful, and that’s not always easy to find.
TC: Freddie Mercury. Voice lesson.. or drinks.. (note the Freddie styled mustache)
The one person you could record a duet with and why:
TC: Whitney Houston. She’s my favorite singer of all time so it would be the ultimate pleasure to sing with her on anything. Whenever I write a song I’m thinking of her, wondering “what would Whitney do”?
Favorite song by Genre:
Country: “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
Hip Hop: “Life’s A Bitch” by Nas (or anything off Illmatic)
Rock: “Good Times Bad Times” by Led Zeppelin or “Roundabout” by YES
Alternative: “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
Dance: “Lady” by Modjo
Disco: “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer x Giorgio Moroder
The one song no one believes you would like:
TC: “mmmbop” by Hanson, or maybe that’s obvious??
The one song you have always wanted to cover:
TC: “Everybody’s Free” from the Leo and Claire “Romeo and Juliet” soundtrack