Daft Punk splits up


The Daft Punk Duo

The French music duo Daft Punk broke up after spending 28 years making music together. The duo had hits such as “Get Lucky” and “I Feel It Coming.” They were also known for their disinterest in fame, wearing helmets as a way to remain anonymous. 


The split was announced in an 8 minute video named “Epilogue,” where it shows one member exploding as the other walks into the desert sunset. During the video, nothing is said and it ends off with their 2013 single “Touch.” Publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed that the video represents the split up, although no reason was provided.


The band was founded in Paris by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter in 1993. They collaborated with many artists throughout their career and produced immensely popular songs. They won 6 Grammy Awards for their unique electronic music, and they even won album of the year from Random Access Memories


The duo was uninterested in fame and only wanted their music to be in the spotlight. They wore robot helmets, a symbol which became a well known feature of the group. They would rarely speak and often avoided interviews.


Their 1993 debut album, Homework, featured classics such as “Around the World” and “Da Funk.” The duo began making public appearances in their robot outfits in 2001, which was when they released their next album Discovery. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” is one of the songs that made them famous worldwide, and from there they would create a larger impact on the music world.


Daft Punk also produced the soundtrack for the film Tron: Legacy, which was released in 2010. This would be the only film score produced by them, but it received positive feedback. At the 54th Grammy Awards, the soundtrack was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack Album for Visual Media.


In 2013, Daft Punk would return in the spotlight with their single “Get Lucky.” This single featured American singer Pharrell Williams. It has reached the top 10 in music charts of over 32 countries, selling 9.3 million copies as well. “Get Lucky” broke numerous records in different countries, solidifying its place as one of their most successful songs.


After being together for nearly three decades, the French duo has left a massive imprint on the world. Even though they remained anonymous during their career, their music has managed to become extremely famous and develop a large fanbase.