Daft Punk: The End of an Era

By Colin Murphy

March 8th, 2021

Daft Punk, a legendary dance music duo has parted ways after forming 28 years ago in Paris. 

  The Parisian duo broke the news via an eight minute video titled “Epilogue”. Pitchfork asked around to find out if this duo was no longer together and their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news, but gave no reason for their parting ways.

 Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo formed Daft Punk in Paris in 1993, hoping to “improve the French touch style of house music”, according to Pitchfork. Their debut album, released in 1997 titled Homework, became a dance music landmark. This album featured two premier titles named “Da Funk” and “Around the World”.As their follow up album Discovery came out in 2001, the duo began making public appearances in their robot outfits that soon became their global trademark. The singles “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” cemented their names as global superstars.

Twenty years into their phenomenal career, they dropped yet another banger. “Get Lucky” took over the Billboard charts and soared across the whole world becoming a song that everyone knew. That song was the lead single for their 2013 album Random Access Memories. The song won two Grammys for Daft Punk and their guests, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams. The album later won Daft Punk three more Grammys which included Album of the Year. The Grammy Ceremonies hosted one of their last on stage appearances.  

  Following their phenomenal success in their 2013 album, they continued to work with Kanye West and ended up co-producing several of the tracks on his album Yeezus. They then went on and worked with The Weekend on his 2016 single “Starboy” which topped the charts- as well as “I Feel it Coming” which was a second hit. 

  Beyond the singles and behind the scenes work, Daft Punk left an impact on the house music industry like no other; and influenced artists of all different genres.

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