Daft Punk the Parisian duo responsible for some of the most popular dance and pop songs ever made, have split, as explains the Pitchfork.
They broke the news with an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film Electroma. Asked if Daft Punk were no more, their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news to Pitchfork but gave no reason for the breakup.
Daft Punk was a duo formed by French musicians Guy Manuel de Homem Christo (1974 ) and Thomas Bangalter (1975 ).
Daft Punk rose to popularity in the house style in the mid-1990s in France and continued their success in the following years, using the synthop style. The duo is also credited with producing songs that are considered essential in the French house style.
The acronym "Daft", present on their first DVD, comes from the initials of "A Story about Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes ". These words are given meaning to the musical duo by their first song "Da Funk" from the 1995 album ¨ HomeworK ¨ , where an anthropomorphic dog appears as the main character in the video.
Then "Androids" for the appearance of dancing robots in the 1997 video "Around the World" from the album Homework. "Fireman" for the video of "Burnin" and "Tomatoes" for the video " Revolution 909 ". One of the groups that were a source of inspiration for Daft Punk were the French band Spaceen, who inspired their space helmets.
Early in the group's career, the duo was influenced by bands such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Laurent Brancowitz (who would later join the band Phoenix where he would be the band's guitarist) were originally in a band called Darlin', which disbanded after a short period of time, allowing the two to experiment with music on their own. But years later the duo and the band would reunite at Madison Square Garden, remixing several tracks, bringing Bangalter and de Homem-Christo back together with Brancowitz.
The duo, years after Darlin' disbanded, became Daft Punk, and released their acclaimed debut album Homework in 1997. The second album, Discovery, released in 2001, was even more successful, driven by the singles "One more time, Digital Love , Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Stronger," while this album is also the soundtrack to the animated film ¨ Interstella 555¨, being produced by Toni Animation and released in 2003.
In March 2005, the duo released the album Human After All, receiving mixed reviews.
However, "Robot Rock" and "Technologic" were successful in the UK. Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released their live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
The duo composed the music for the film ¨Tron : Legacy¨ and in 2010 released the film's soundtrack album.
Daft Punk is known for their elaborate concerts incorporating visual effects, for the emphasis they place on the story and visual components of their musical productions. They have also been appearing in robot costumes at their performances and public appearances since 2001. They rarely give interviews or appear on television.
The duo has sold more than 12 million albums, 8 and more than 17 million singles.
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