The electronic duo Daft Punk go their separate ways after 28 years

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When Daft Punk released the album “Discovery” in 2001, they appeared in robotic costumes, and it became their hallmark for the rest of their careers. After 28 years, they have chosen to go their separate ways. (Stock Photo)

The French duo Daft Punk have gone their separate ways after 28 years as one of the world’s biggest names in the electronic music scene.

It writes the American music media Pitchfork.

They have announced the breach in an eight-minute video titled “Epilogue.” Their manager, Kathryn Frazier, confirms this to Pitchfork. She does not say what the basis for the decision is.

The musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo formed Daft Punk in Paris in 1993.

They debuted with the album “Homework” in 1997, which featured big hits like “Around the world” and “Da funk”.

Subsequently, they have established their status as one of the world’s largest electronic groups with tracks such as “One more time”, “Harder, better, faster, stronger” and “Lose yourself to dance”.

In 2014, the French house duo received two Grammy Awards for Best Album of the Year and Best Recording of the Year for the huge hit “Get Lucky”, which features American Pharrell Williams on vocals.

“I’m sure France is proud of these guys right now,” Pharrell said on stage with the two silent Frenchmen, who were wearing their distinctive robot helmets in the usual style.

“I guess the robots want to say thank you,” he added.

“Get lucky” can be found on the 2013 album “Random access memory”, which also became their last. They won three more Grammy Awards for it.

Since then, they have done a number of projects with other artists, including The Weeknd with the tracks “Starboy” and “I feel it coming”.

Robot costumes have been their hallmark since the early 00s. At the same time, it shielded them from the fame that neither of them was particularly interested in.

– We are happy to still be able to take the subway and buy our bread from the baker without being recognized or persecuted.

– There are not so many groupies waiting for us in front of the hotels, and that is probably the biggest difference between us and other pop stars. And we can live with that, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo told Nyhedsavisen in 2007.

The two Frenchmen met, according to Soundvenue, when they were about 12 years old, but only started playing music together when they were 16-17 years old.

Their first joint musical project was the band Darlin ‘, which primarily played cover songs. They later became Daft Punk, after a bad review of Darlin’s cover of a Beach Boys number referred to them as “daft punk” (in Danish “silly punk”).

/ ritzau /


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