Daft Punk is probably the most iconic pair of musical robot heads in the entire world. The group, originally criticized for their original music that sounded like some kind of “daft punk”, embraced the critical view by changing their band name to reflect how they were perceived.
Rising from the ashes of what seemed like a critical blow to their music careers, they re-branded themselves, dominating the early club-days and establishing themselves among the most iconic electronic artists globally. (But that was but a taste of their fame)
‘Around The World’
What many may not know is that the group was originally based out of France, and they didn’t start with robot helmets! Indeed, it wasn’t until 1999 after they released their debut studio album “Homework” that they permanently began appearing with shiny robot helmets.
The pair have been a staple of retro-modernism, creating music that is reminiscent of the late 90s and early 2000s but sounds fresh going through modern production equipment. Furthermore, they have worked with some of the greatest stars over the last several decades, including Pharrell Williams and even The Weeknd.
A ‘Tron Legacy’
The latest news is both startling and incredibly saddening for music lovers around the globe. As mentioned before, Daft Punk has been a massively popular group for decades, with a group life of over 28 years!
If there was ever an example for the age-old proverb, “All good things must come to an end”, this robot duo would be it.
Earlier this week, Daft Punk announced that they would be breaking up. They shared this news on YouTube in a video showing one of them exploding, followed by a pair of hands making a triangle symbol with the text “1993-2021” below it.
‘One More Time’
Here are just some of the comments that Daft received on their post:
“You’ll be missed legends, thank you for everything” (Commentator) “They’re not gone. You’ll find them all around around around the world.” (Commentator) “The music helped everyone and change electric music for ever they give back life to music.I even goes as far to say they populated more electro music.There music help my life a lot.Thanks for given the music a purpose” (Commentator) “I am 21 years old now, and I’ve been listening to daft punk my whole life. They always have been, and always will be, a huge inspiration for me music wise. I’m in tears right now, but they will never die, even if they are human after all. They’ll always live in our hearts. And our ears. Love ??” (Commentator)
‘We Are Human’… And 15 Tons Of Equipment
In a previously unpublished interview with Daft Punk shortly after they performed at Coachella, the duo shared that their act isn’t as simple as some believe it to be.
“We have 15 tons of equipment, including prototypes or modified regular technology — things we’ve re-engineered. We built the custom pyramid. We set up a production company, Daft Arts, in Los Angeles, to work on [the duo’s 2006 film] “Electroma.” We really used it, in the same way we’d produce a music video, to come up with a total independent take on it. There’s a lot of troubleshooting and tech and making custom computers. We work with Ableton Live, which is really at the core of the performance right now: We have the music and the lights synced up. It really makes the robots and the personas come to life, within this universe we’ve worked on for the last 12 years.”
Their dedication will always be remembered. Fans will miss these daft robot heads.