Though they have recently gained notoriety as electro-pop producers, Hey Champ have consistently been recognized as one of Chicago’s premier rock bands. Since 2008 the band has toured nationally, opening for acts like Vampire Weekend, Lupe Fiasco, Justice, Jet, Kid Cudi, Sebastian Tellier, Raekwon, The Bloody Beetroots and Passion Pit. The diversity of these acts, and their fans, is a testament to the wide appeal of Hey Champ’s music. In 2009, the band played on main stages at major festivals including All Points West and Lollapalooza, where SPIN lauded them with praise, referring to them as both “Best Early Afternoon Dance Party” and “Best Discovery.”
Once they began recording, it wasn’t long before their first single “Cold Dust Girl,” began to gain steam as a club anthem. Since then, Hey Champ has been a Chicago mainstay, DJing and performing live in crowded local venues. The release of “Cold Dust Girl” won Hey Champ fans worldwide as well, even gaining radio play in Brazil where the band has toured on the strength of their fan base in the country. The video for the song has been a hit too (watch it here). Directed by Michael Thelin, it currently has over 250,000 views on YouTube. One of the early viewers, among those quarter-million-plus, was hip-hop star and fellow Chicagoan, Lupe Fiasco. Impressed by what he heard and saw, he invited Hey Champ on a nation wide tour with him. Soon after they entered the studio to record tracks for Star, their forthcoming debut.
The success of “Cold Dust Girl” not only put Hey Champ on the blog map as musicians, but also as producers. Their unique touch and ear for remixing led to official work for acts ranging from Passion Pit and The Sounds, to Mike Posner and Chicago Hip-Hop stars, The Cool Kids, among others. The group has been so successful at remixing that it’s hard to browse Hype Machine without coming across their name, including numerous times when they have taken the top spot on the list. Hey Champ will release their debut album, Star July 13th on the new Seattle-based Townie records.
Take a listen to the two singles “Neverrest” and “Cold Dust Girl” and get a free download below:
Upcoming 2010 Tour Dates:
02 – Santa Monica, CA – V Lounge with the Juan Maclean
05 – Los Angeles, CA – Dragonfly with Nightwaves (Binary Presents)
16 – Madison, WI – Memorial Hall (University of Wisconsin)
30 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge