Daft Punk splits after 28 years

Daft Punk, the influential electronic group, is retiring after 28 years. The duo announced their retirement in a video Monday morning titled “Epilogue.”

The video features a clip from the band’s 2006 film “Electroma” and features a photo of their hands under the caption “1993-2021”. Kathryn Frazier, a publicist for Daft Punk, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The duo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, began making music together under the personae character in 1993. They were widely known for their robot costumes, which they began wearing in public appearances in the 2000s.

In 1987, the two met in Paris and formed an independent rock band called Darling. After being captivated by the French house movement, they began to work on their electronic sound and eventually cemented their popularity in the United States with their debut album “Homework” and the single “Da Funk.”

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Daft Punk in 2007.

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“Da Funk” and their second single “Around the World” earned the band their first two Grammy nominations. Since then, Daft Punk has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards and has taken home six.

In 2007, the band resurfaced when Kanye West tried out the 2001 song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” for his song “Stronger.”

Daft Punk’s 2014 album “Random Access Memories” was revered by critics and fans, a renaissance movement in electronic dance music. The album featured the chart-topping single “Get Lucky” featuring singer / producer Pharrell Williams.

That year, the album won the Grammy Award for album of the year, making them the first electronic act to take home the coveted honor.

So far, it is unclear whether de Homem-Christo or Bangalter will continue as soloists.


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