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Credit: Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers
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.
thinking about how every stage of my life would have gone so differently if it weren’t for Daft Punk
Daft Punk you gave me the greatest musical experience in my life that still pumps in my veins reminding me why I love what I do and the community I’m part of. Thank you with all my soul for your existence alone. Now let’s play Daft Punk all day every day!!! pic.twitter.com/0t3rhv9WIO
In 2006, Daft Punk truly changed the game with their 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.
If any Daft Punk fans need comfort today, here’s a clip of them embracing each other after RAM won Grammy’s album of the year in 2014. The bond and influence they built in those twenty years leading up to this exact moment is how they’ll be remembered #DaftPunkForever#daftpunkpic.twitter.com/6eRw9JZzVj
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.
Daft Punk has announced their retirement.
They gave us one of the most iconic soundtracks in ‘TRON LEGACY’
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 of the movie. In late December of 2020, they released a complete version of the album from 2010.
thinking about being 11 and exploring limewire, searching “daft punk music videos” and seeing interstella 5555 piece by piece. seeing that fusion of electronic music and anime for the very first time . haahhhhhhghj damn i am crying pic.twitter.com/yb2MxzyQqV
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.
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.
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