Daft Punk

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk in one of their live shows.
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres House
Years active 1993–present
Labels Soma Quality Recordings, Daft Life, Virgin Records (1996-2012), Columbia Records (2013-present)
Website www.daftpunk.com
Members
Thomas Bangalter
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Daft Punk is a band from France. There are two people in the band, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born February 8, 1974) and Thomas Bangalter (born January 3, 1975). Daft Punk uses analog synthesizers and other real instruments to make their music.

History[change | edit source]

How the members met and Darlin' era[change | edit source]

Both of the two Daft Punk members went to the same school in Paris. They became friends and recorded a demo track with other students from the school. Thomas Bangalter played bass while Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo played guitar.

They formed a band called Darlin' which featured an additional member named Laurent Brancowitz.

The Darlin' experience did not last very long and after a show they performed in the United Kingdom, a newspaper qualified the music of Thomas and Guy-Manuel as "daft punk" (silly punk music).

Thomas and Guy-Manuel were amused by this nickname and officially adopted it, and that's how they became the well known Daft Punk.[source?]

Laurent later left the group and joined his younger brother Christian Mazzalai of Phoenix.

First Album: Homework[change | edit source]

In 1995, Daft Punk began to record in the studio a song called Da Funk which became their first commercial success. After that success, Daft Punk looked for a manager, and they chose Pedro Winter who is also known by the name Busy P.

The idea of Homework debuted when Daft Punk signed with Virgin Records.

That album became one of the most essential house albums of the nineties after that it had been released in 1997.

Second Album: Discovery[change | edit source]

In 1999, Daft Punk returned to recording studio to work on Discovery which would be their second album and their second success. Discovery reached the second place on the UK Charts. One More Time, their first single from Discovery, became a giant hit around the globe and Daft Punk became one of the most famous electronic music groups.

Daft Punk used many samples (little sounds from other songs) to compose songs like Face to Face, Too Long and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. (Kanye West's 2007 song Stronger from the album Graduation uses a large sample from Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.)

In 2003, Daft Punk released the full-length animated movie Interstella 5555. The band worked with the Japanese animation company Toei Animation and the famous Japanese producer named Leiji Matsumoto to create this film. It is a fully animated story that is set to the Discovery album from start to finish and with no additional words and only a few added sound effects.

Third Album: Human After all[change | edit source]

In 2004, Daft Punk spent six weeks on their third album. Human After All was a subject of controversy, concerning some aggressive aspects in songs like Technologic, saying that most of the songs were too repetitive.

De Homem-Christo and Bangalter only said:"We believe that Human After All speaks for itself".

In 2006, Daft Punk released "Electroma", a short film about two robots (Daft Punk themselves) who are on a journey to become human. "Electroma" was met with mixed reception well-liked by fans but criticized by critics.

Daft Punk went on their second world tour, "Alive 2006/2007". The duo played worldwide to thousands of people. Daft Punk played in a pyramid on stage which was admired for its futuristic design.

Tron: Legacy[change | edit source]

In 2010, Daft Punk were chosen to compose the soundtrack to Tron Legacy. The soundtrack had orchestra and psychedelic style sound.

Fourth Album: Random Access Memories[change | edit source]

In 2013, Daft Punk released Random Access Memories. Columbia Records became their new label after many years with Virgin Records.

They collaborated with Giorgio Moroder, Todd Edwards, Nile Rodgers, Panda Bear, Chilly Gonzales, DJ Falcon, Julian Casablancas, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams.

The lead single Get Lucky, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, was met with critical acclaim becoming No. 1 in many countries. The song won Record of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

A small town in Australia called Wee Waa was chosen as the launch party location for the album.

Random Access Memories had very little electronic music in it. Instead, Daft Punk used live instruments and minimized the use of synthesizers. It is a tribute to the disco, rock and funk music of the 1970's and 1980's.

It won Album of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards.