The Pioneers Of Electronic Music, Duo Daft Punk Parts Ways After 28 Years Together

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The harbinger of modern-day electronic music, French duo Daft Punk recently announced that they are breaking up after 28 prolific, creative years of making music together.

The French duo, who never revealed their faces publicly in the salient years of their careers shared the news on Monday in an 8-minute long video called ‘Epilogue’. The news was confirmed by the band’s longtime publicist, Kathryn Frazier via The Associated Press.

Daft Punk is a collaborative act between Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo who have produced numerous hits over the years. They have six Grammy Awards at their disposal with many hits such as “One More Time,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “Get Lucky.”

The two musicians met at a school in Paris back in 1987. Before Daft Punk came into existence, they formed an indie-rock band called Darling.

Daft Punk was formally formed in 1993. The duo, who are famous for their helmeted, mute, and mysterious image came out with their debut album in 1997. They achieved international hit for the first time with ‘Da Funk’ which topped the Billboard dance charts and also earned them their very first Grammy nomination. Their second No. 1 hit and Grammy nomination came with the single, ‘Around the World’.

The duo toured extensively around the world and further expanded their legacy with their sophomore album called Discovery in 2001. The album comprised of various smashing hits such as One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,”. The latter was famously flipped into Kanye west’s own hit single, ‘Stronger’ that came out in 2007. At the 2008 Grammy awards, Kanye performed with Daft Punk on stage.

The following year, a version of the same song won the duo their first Grammy for the best dance recording. Alongside that, their album, ‘Alive 2007’ also won the award for the best electronic/dance album category.

However, Daft Punk reached its pinnacle of commercial and critical success in the year of 2014. That was the year for their album, ‘Random Access Memories’ which won the album of the year at the Grammys. The album also made history as the first electronic act to win the highest honor at the Grammys. On that memorable night, they took home four Grammys including the record of the year for their bombshell hit “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

The album, Random Access Memories was regarded as one of the biggest genre-bending albums highlighted by its mix of live instrumentation, disco sounds, funk, rock, R&B, and more. The album was also ranked at No. 295 on the list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine last year.

Daft Punk has truly changed the course of electronic music with its work and insights. They have created a legacy that will be taken forwarded by new artists. Although the news has left fans broken-hearted, daft Punk has surely done its job in redefining music in a new light.


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