In 1993, the French underground dance and house music scene came into focus with Daft Punk’s inception by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Cristo and Thomas Bangalter in Paris. They initially were part of an indie band, Darlin’, that split and gradually made their way to robotic voices and synthesizers that characterize their music today. Their run lasted 28 years, with various accolades like the Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, recording the score for the movie ‘Tron: Legacy’ and performing at esteemed festivals like Coachella.
They gave no specific reason for their retirement and announced this through an 8-minute video titled ‘Epilogue,’ which is an excerpt from their 2006 film, ‘Electroma.’ In the video, the two are seen walking across a desert. One takes off their jacket to reveal a detonator that eventually explodes while the other walks away. A cutaway then reads, ‘1993-2021’, and their publicist, Kathryn Frazier, has confirmed this news. You can view this on their Youtube channel. Undoubtedly, the world will celebrate their legacy as it has already been in the last three decades; parodies on television shows like the Powerpuff Girls and Family Guy, sounded out at art galleries and sampled by greats, Jazmine Sullivan and Janet Jackson.
Some of their most popular works include the song, ‘Get Lucky’ featuring Pharell Williams. They created euphoric, electronic, and eclectic works with their leather jackets and metal helmets. Industry giants like Kanye West (mixed songs on his album, Yeezus like I Am a God and Skinhead) and the Weekend (I Feel It Coming and Starboy) have worked with them, a testament of their universal appeal. Their body of work has four albums which are in sequence: Homework, Discovery, Human After All, and Random Access Memories. The pair found success as early as 1997 when their songs ‘Around the World’ and ‘Da Funk’ became club fixtures.