The French duo that made many strides in music history, Daft Punk, has officially disbanded their joint career. After their sudden disappearance, they came back only recently near the end of February to state their duo’s future. They are known for songs like Getting Lucky, which features Pharrell Williams, the song Around The World, and the song Harder, Better, Faster.
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the mystery behind the silver and gold helmets. Before they started “Daft Punk,” they were a part of a group called Darlin’. This group was an indie rock band that consisted of the two and Laurent Brancowitz. According to weraveyou.com, this trio was heavily inspired by the well-known group “Beach Boys”. They got the name Daft Punk from a review in a magazine that criticizes music. “A negative review in British magazine Melody Maker called it ‘daft punky thrash,’ and thus the duo got inspired by this,” says weraveyou.com. Fortunately, and unfortunately, the group “Darlin” disbanded due to harsh critics.
The group that is known now as Daft Punk made music in electronic or disco music genres. They started in 1993, a year after Darlin, by making music in France; however, it was not until 1997 where they released their second single titled Da Funk, which brought them immense fame as well as their debut album named, Homework.
The way how the two had reached out to the public about their retirement from the music industry was through Youtube. Their channel had uploaded a video titled “Epilogue.” In this video, they were walking in a desert. With this, the golden helmet, Guy-Manuel, gets blown up. This can be interpreted as a plan of no return as silver helmet, Bangalter, watches him blow up, and once the sun sets, he quietly walks away and out of frame.
The reason being for the break-up is unknown, yet, that does not keep people from theorizing. “Daft Punk rumours spread across the internet like wildfire. The rumor machine surrounding them is an industry in itself: producers fake Daft Punk ‘music’ as a marketing tool before revealing it to be their own, superfan pranksters forge major label documents to make it look like a new album is coming…”, states mixmag.net.
It is not as if the group were together for so long and were unsuccessful. They have been nominated for twelve Grammys in their entire 28 years of making art. Out of those twelve Grammys, they have won six. This is an impressive feat for a group from France to be making such strides and history in music.
The two have made many improvements to electronic music as they introduced their unique sound to the genre. This was truly groundbreaking. They had just come from their previous group, who had disbanded previously after a short time of being together. Now they will be remembered as an award-winning group. They have come very far with nearly three decades together. And in those years, they have created and will leave behind songs and a fandom that will remember their music for generations to come.