The End of an Era
Written by Adela Skowronski on February 22, 2021
After a career spanning nearly 3 decades, Daft Punk has officially announced they are splitting up.
Theirs was a musical journey of a lifetime. They released hit after hit, influenced dance music on a global scale, and maintained popularity throughout a nearly 30 year period. But like all good things, even Daft Punk must come to an end, as we found out earlier this morning from Daft Punk’s surprise farewell video that was released on Youtube.
So who was Daft Punk? In essence, just two young French guys who met in the early 90’s to experiment with electronic music. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. To the rest of the world however, they quickly became two robots with unmistakable groove. The release of their second album Discovery (2001) would cement them as dance superstars, and a mysterious duo who never took off their robot heads.
Daft Punk in their earliest days; Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo on the right, Thomas Bangalter on the left.
You might recognize them from some of their signature hits, like “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (2001), “Da Funk” (1995), “Get Lucky” (2013), and many more. Or perhaps you know them from the movie Tron: Legacy. Even if you’re not a direct fan of Daft Punk, their influence has been so huge that chances are one of your favorite artists has used a Daft Punk tune as a sample in their own music. That in and of itself is one of Daft Punk’s most incredible feats in this author’s opinion. Even during periods when they weren’t releasing music, the influence of Daft Punk kept club music cool, sauve and mysterious.
The dynamic duo of Daft Punk has been an award-winning, genre influencing duo that forever changed the world of electronic music for the better. On behalf of all of us at WPNA, we wish them good luck in their future and thank them once again for the music they gave us all. We will miss you!
Watch the duo’s farewell video below: