Our Favorite Daft Punk Moments

After 28 years, the dynamic duo Daft Punk announced they are splitting up and released a video to commemorate it.

The internet mourns the loss of the revolutionary band Daft Punk today. The French electronic group was formed in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. A gimmick of the duo is that they never remove their robot heads, creating an aura of mystery and a signature look.

Over the years, they have received 12 Grammy nominations, 6 Grammy wins, completed 4 studio albums, 2 live albums, scored a film, and more. But after nearly three decades, it was reported that the duo would be going their separate ways.

They released a video titled ‘Epilogue,’ that opens with Bangalter and Homem-Christo decked out in their Daft Punk gear and walking through the desert until Bangalter “explodes” via a self-destruct button. An image of a gold and silver hand fade onto a black screen, as well as text reading “1993 – 2021.” Homem-Christo then walks into the sunset by himself, as their song “Touch” sends him off.

Fellow EDM and electronica musicians, like KAVINSKY, Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, and more, have been posting their love and support for Daft Punk following the news.

Fans have also been sharing their reactions to the sudden news.

@brettxboon shares how he felt after finding out why Daft Punk was trending:

Fellow fan @interstelarcana shares their accomplishments:

While @JayGohh simply thanks Daft Punk:

While we share the feeling and will definitely miss hearing new songs, we wanted to celebrate their expansive career by sharing some of our favorite Daft Punk moments from over the years.

Their 2006 Coachella Performance

In 2006, Daft Punk truly changed the game with its performance at Coachella. They had a large set piece, a color-changing pyramid, that blew fans’ minds. It helped cement their status as titans of EDM, as they changed the way fellow electronic musicians would perform in the future.

When They Won Album of the Year

The duo won a Grammy for Best Album of the Year in 2014 for “Random Access Memory.” It was a competitive year for that category, but they won and embraced each other in celebration.

Their Collab with The Weeknd

Their collaboration with The Weeknd was iconic! They were featured on the songs “I Feel It Coming” and “Starboy,” which they killed! It also turned out to be the last time the duo would release new music.

Their Tron: Legacy Contributions

The movie Tron: Legacy premiered in 2010, and Daft Punk scored it! In addition to scoring, they were actually featured as DJs in a scene in the movie. In late December 2020, they released a complete version of the album from 2010.

When They Produced Interstella 5555

In 2003, Daft Punk released a feature-length animated film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. The animated album film, or extended music video, was a companion to “Discovery,” their second studio album.

While we’ll miss Daft Punk, the memories they’ve given us are priceless, and we wish them the best going forward.

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Daniella Baltazar

Daniella Baltazar is a senior at Emerson College currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Media Arts Production with a minor in Global and Post-Colonial Studies. She is a spring 2021 intern for AfterBuzz TV and is hoping to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.