Daft Punk Split Up After 28 Years

The legendary France-based electronic music duo hang up their helmets.

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The Paris-born electronic music duo Daft Punk call it quits at 28 long years. The group, comprising French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, confirmed the the news of it all ending with an eight-minute video dubbed “Epilogue” taken from their 2006 science fiction film Electroma, according to Pitchfork, who also confirmed the news with Daft Punk’s publicist.

Daft Punk came together in 1993 in Paris and would eventually completely change the landscape on the emerging house and techno scenes of Europe and later popular music heard around the globe, with classic albums like 97s Homework and 01s Discovery and singles like “Around the World” and “One More Time.” You cannot deny their influence in pop culture.

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If you haven’t seen their anime film Interstella 5555 we suggest you check it out. It’s a  5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. A visual representation of their album Discovery in partnership with legendary Japanese studio Toei Animation and manga artist Leiji Matsumoto. Highly recommended.

The duo became increasingly elusive throughout the 2000s as they created personas behind their signature robotic helmets. They had very few public appearances and even fewer interviews. Yet they created the follow-up album, 2005’s Human After All, which propelled dance music into mainstream culture.

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In 2007 they licensed “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”  Kanye West for his “Stronger”. Which turned out to be a massive hit. They also put the Coachella Music Festival on the map with one of the most unforgettable performances that year prior when they debuted their now-iconic pyramid stage. If that wasn’t enough for you, they also produced the soundtrack for Disney’s 2010 Feature film, Tron: Legacy.

In 2013, Daft Punk released Random Access Memories, an album dedicated to live instrumentation and the American roots of funk and disco. It went on to win numerous Grammy Awards and cemented Daft Punk as legends of genre-blending pop music. It would be their final album.

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