Daft Punk – Biography

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Daft Punk is an electronic music duo that has been active since 1993. The duo that makes up Daft Punk is Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, both of who are musicians from France. Their genre of music is house, and they are signed to Virgin records.

Because they have been active since 1993, Daft Punk has released a lot of material over the last sixteen years. The three major studio albums they have released are Homework (1997), Discovery (2001) and Human After All (2005). Other albums (which are either live, remix or compilation albums) include Alive 1997 (2001), Daft Club (2003), Human After All: Remixes (2006), Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005 (2006) and Alive 2007 (2007). In addition to their album releases, the duo has also released several video projects, including D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes (1999), Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) and Daft Punk’s Electroma (2006).

While Daft Punk’s music is popular all over the world, one interesting thing about the two members of the duo is that they have managed to keep their identities fairly concealed. In addition to only granting interviews on a scarce basis, Daft Punk have masked their identities through methods such as literally wearing masks or having their faces blurred from their videos. In addition to allowing them to have more of a normal personal life, this mystique has also helped to boost their popularity.

Since 1998, Daft Punk has received seven Grammy nominations. They have been nominated for four best dancing recording Grammys, two best electronic/dance album Grammys and one best pop instrumental performance Grammy. Although they were nominated in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2006, it wasn’t until 2009 when they won their first two Grammy awards.

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Learn More About House Music

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Daft Punk represent clearly the house music genre. But what do you know about house?


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The origins of house music

The clubbing scene of Chicago from the early 1980s was somewhat dull and radio DJs made their best to revive their atmosphere with old disco songs, hip hop, funk, boogie and electronic pop. The “new thing” back then was to listen to the edits they made and mixed with effects of the best songs of the moment. In 1984, Jesse Saunders, a DJ from Chicago together with Vince Lawrence produced and write a hypnotic song called On And On which paved the way for house music as it is known today. 

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The elements they used in this song became rapidly popular: the bass synthesizer and the drum machine. On And On is considered to be the first house record, together with a song which appeared one year later, Music Is The Key of J. M. Silk.

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The genre was rapidly popularized and two years after On And On was released, the UK market started releasing house music.

The origin of the term used to name it

The origin of the name of the genre is supposed to be a club of Chicago called The Warehouse. This was the favorite of Afro-American and Latino men who were fans of DJ Frankie Knuckles. The club closed in 1983, but the DJ started working at The Power Plant and people followed him to listen “warehouse music” which was later shortened to the term of house music.

Another theory is that another DJ in the Windy City, Leonard “Remix” Roy, who used to play this new music (at the time) put a sign in a tavern window writing on it “We play house music”. Actually, he was referring at the fact that he was using his mother’s old music discs, with which he grew up with to combine with new music to obtain new beats. 

Larry Heard, also known as Mr. Fingers, says that many of the Chicago DJs produced this music in their homes, with the help of synthesizers and drum machines and this is why it is called house music.

The popularization of house music

After Chicago launched this new genre, Detroit adopted it rapidly in the late 1980s and it easily spread in the United States of America. In present, Juan Atkins and Derrick May are considered the godfathers of Detroit techno music, which derived from house. In the United Kingdom, the popularity of house music peaked from the late 1980s to the early 1990s thanks to acts like Yazz and Coldcut. An important house scene is Ibiza where it was rapidly adopted by the fans of Amnesia, one of the hot spots of the tiny Spanish island. 

House music in present

New generations of DJs started a new wave of success for house since 2000 and until now. Probably the most popular is David Guetta, but Tiesto is also a huge name, while Avicii is a Swedish newcomer who became rapidly popular all around the world thanks to Levels.

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House music has commercial success and also critical acclaims, this is why it is very popular and not just in clubs, but also among music lovers.

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Nile Rodgers And Daft Punk

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After the successful album that Daft Punk released in 2005, Human After All, in 2010, the band launched a new album, the soundtrack to the film Tron:Legacy.

In 2011, a remix of the album was also released, including incredible songs, as well. After Human After All album, the band spent four years working on this album, which is a follow-up.

 


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Nile Rodgers worked with Daft Punk on the band’s new album – Tron:Legacy-  and said that his sessions with the band were great. He also added that the new material sounds impressive and is of high-quality, but it has also involved a lot of work.

Rodgers collaborated with many other famous artists such as David Bowie on his 1983 album Let’s Dance, Madonna’s LP 1984 Like A Virgin, but also with Duran Duran, Grace Jones and Diana Ross.

 


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Nonetheless, Rodgers declared that working with Daft Punk was an incredible experience for him: “All I can say is those guys are geniuses and to think that after all these years we’ve been trying to get together, they just show up at my apartment in New York City and the vibe between us is so powerful and so strong – it’s unbelievable.”

Nile Rodgers also added: “Spiritually and artistically working with them was as good as anything I’ve ever done. It’s as great as being in a studio with Bowie, it’s as great as being with Bernard Edwards, and it’s as great as the best stuff I’ve ever done with Duran Duran and Madonna.”


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For this new album, Daft Punk also worked with Paul Williams on a few tracks, so it will definitely be something great and fans are already very excited about it. The two members of the band worked a lot on this album, after a fairly long break, but it seems that the quality of the album will be amazing, so Daft Punk won’t disappoint his fans.

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Top 5 Best Daft Punk Songs

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Daft Punk is already a familiar duo in the electronic music industry. The duo reached significant popularity in the 1990s, when house music began to take shape in France. In the following years, they combined elements of house with synthpop. This seemed to be the ideal recipe for success. Along the years, they have created many songs that hit the top position of the electronic music charts. Below are some of their most famous songs.

1. Aerodynamic…

… is one of Daft Punk’s best songs. The structure of the song builds up a funk groove, with a metallic two hand tapping on the electric guitar. The solo elements reflected the fast arpeggiation common with violin parts in classical music pieces. The track was released on March 28, 2001, as part of the Discovery album.

2. Digital Love

This song is on the same album as Aerodynamic and it was released as the third single. The track is known for the solo featured prominently on its second half. The vocals are performed by Daft Punk themselves.

3. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

The single was released in 2001. This single received a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2009. The animated video was produced by Daft Punk and features four characters transformed by various machines to resemble humans.

4. One More Time

This single was first released in November 2000 and afterwards included on their album Discovery. The song’s vocal performance by Romanthony is heavily auto-tuned and compressed. The song is listed at #5 on Pitchfork’s Media’s top 500 songs of the 2000s.

5. Around the World

Perhaps one of the best known songs of Daft Punk. The song became a major club hit around the world (ironically!). The song is particularly known for the repeated phrasing of its title.The key hook is a steady bassline and a vocoder processed voice singing around the world. The phrase occurs 144 times in the album version.

Daft Punk is a unique duo, known for the use of visual elements and effects in their music. They also put emphasis on visual and story components associated with their musical productions, as well as for wearing disguises, most notably, ornate robot costumes while in public and performing.

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The Marketing Strategy of Daft Punk

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Daft Punk is an electronic music duo consisting of French Musicians Guy Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The duo reached significant popularity in the late 1990s house movement in France and met with continued success in the years following. The duo is known for using visual components associated with their musical productions. The music videos for their singles from Homework featured memorable characters and placed emphasis on storytelling instead of musical performance. The album Discovery subsequently became the soundtrack to Interstella 5555.

The outward personae of the duo has changed over time. During their Homework years, the duo would hide their faces behind dark helmets or masks. When they did not wear disguises, they preferred to be replaced by animation, or have their faces digitally obscured for press kits. Very few official photos of the duo’s faces exist, including a blurry one found in the Homework liner notes.

In their more visible Doscovery years, they have appeared as futuristic robots for publicity photo shoots, interviews, live shows and music videos. These suits, engineered by Tony Gardner and Alterian Inc, sport complicated helmets capable of various LED effects and metallic finger gloves. The duo introduced the costumes to many US television viewers through an advertisement for a special presentation of their videos during Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. The duo has said that they adopted their robot masks to easily merge the characteristics of humans and machines. One of the members stated that the costumes they were wearing, were the result of shyness. According to Bangalter, the due has a general rule of not appearing in videos. During the filming and promotion of Daft Punk’s Electroma, the duo went to great lengths to avoid showing their faces. While on the set of the film, the duo chose to be interviewed with their backs turned. As reported on October 2006, the band went as far as to wear black cloth over their heads during a televised interview.

It is believed that the mystery underlying the identities of Daft Punk and the elaborate nature of their disguises has added to their popularity. The iconic status of the robotic costumes has been compared to the makeup of glam rock band KISS and the leather jacket worn by Iggy Pop. More recently, a new album could be released in July, according to reports. The French dance duo last released a studio album in 2005, with Human After All and are thought to have spent a large chunk of the past four years working on its follow up.

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Main Discography Of Daft Punk

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Daft Punk is one of the most famous house duo of the music industry. The main features of the music created by the duo is based on various influences and on a combination of sounds, which are perfect for audiences of all ages looking to experience a unique and attractive sound. The great way in which the band has developed through their career, the albums released and the awards received by them are a true testament of the talent and skill used in mixing the most amazing house music of all times. Among the productions which are part of the main discography, we can count: three studio albums, two live albums, one compilation album, three EPs, seventeen singles, one video album and many more. 

The duo came out with three studio albums. Homework was released in 1997, under Virgin Records. The album went platinum in sales certifications in France, in Canada and gold in the Netherlands, in the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. In 2001, they came out with Discovery, under Virgin Records. This too received platinum honors in France and in the European Union, through the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and gold in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. The final studio album came out in 2005 and was called Human After All, under Virgin Records. The album only went platinum in France and silver in the United Kingdom. The live albums have been: Alive in 1997 (released in 2001) and Alive in 2007 (released in 2007). The compilation album released came out in 2006, under the name Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005. The Tron: Legacy, from 2010, was one of the most expected soundtracks of the year.

All these materials and many more which have been released by Daft Punk have made musical history in the domain of house music. The importance of the duo in the field was that they have been the ones to mark the domain and to bring a lot of new nuances and modern adaptations of the music. Daft Punk is a name to be respected and to be recognized for the way in which they have contributed to the formation of the house music industry of the world. For this reason, most of their materials have received various honors in the form of nominations, awards and other certifications of the music industry.  

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Daft Punk Nominations And Awards

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Daft Punk is the most appreciated and loved electronic music duo. Since the beginning of their work together in 1993, the two members of Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, have managed to make a big name for themselves and to win the appreciation of many electronic music fans. The Daft Punk discography is based on three main albums: Homework (1997), Discovery (2001) and Human After All (2005). In addition to these, the duo has produced live albums, compilation albums, soundtracks and remix albums. The work and dedication to the musical domain of Daft Punk has been rewarded through many nominations and awards.

The work in music of Daft Punk has been appreciated and honored at one of the most important award shows of the industry in the world – the Grammy Awards. These awards, issued by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, have been very important for the duo and have been one of the greatest recognitions for the music created by Daft Punk. The duo has been included on the lists of the Grammy Awards eight times and has managed to win two of the instances in which they were nominated. The nominations were as follows: Best Dance Recording (in 1998, for Da Funk), Best Dance Recording (in 1999, for Around the World), Best Dance Recording (in 2002, for One More Time), Best Pop Instrumental Performance (in 2002, for Short Circuit), Best Electronic / Dance Album (in 2006, for Human After All) and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (in 2012, for Tron: Legacy).

The two trophies for the Grammy Awards in the case of Daft Punk both came in 2009. Then, the duo won the category for the Best Dance Recording, with Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007) and the category for the Best Electronic / Dance Album for Alive 2007. The honors for the music made by Daft Punk were the ones to showcase the fact that this is a respected music duo and that the materials they create have a strong appeal to the electronic music lovers, as well as to the general public.

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Recent Projects Of Daft Punk

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Daft Punk is a musical duo formed from two French musicians named Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thosmas Bangalter. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo was born on February 8, 1974 and Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk on January 3, 1975. In the 1990s, Daft Punk was very popular in its country, because the house movement was in full bloom. After this period, Daft Punk continued to achieve success by using synthpop elements in its music. The Daft Punk project started in 1993 in Paris. The duo signed through time with Soma, Virgin and Walt Disney. Other projects that were associated with Daft Punk are Darlin’, Da Mongoloids, Phoenix, Stardust, Together, Le Knight Club and Crydajam. The best album of the duo is considered to be Homework, one that the band released in 1997 and was very well received by the critics.

In the recent years, Daft Punk collaborated for a video game named DJ Hero and both members of the group appeared in the game as characters. On the sequel of the game, DJ Hero 2, there is only one song of the popular band. The most important project that Daft Punk worked on in the last yeas is for sure the 24 tracks that it produced for Tron: Legacy. The score of the movie was orchestrated by Joseph Trapanese and his collaboration with Daft Punk lasted 2 years. It began with the preproduction of the movie and it continued until all details of the soundtrack were settled. In 2010, the duo received an order of merit in their country – Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and both Homem-Christo and Bangalter were named chevaliers.

In present, Daft Punk works on the forth album. This will be a collaboration with Paul Williams and Nile Rodgers, of Chic. This collaboration started in 2010 and it was set for release for June 2012. Even so, according to last minute information offered by the duo, the album will not be finished and released until mid 2013. The group wants to come back with a great album and with elaborate shows, to make sure that the audience is as impressed as always.

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Daft Punk Success And Inspiration

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Daft Punk is an electronic music band founded in 1993. As soon as Daft Punk released the first song, the band was very successful and many songs became hits. Daft Punk members are very discrete and do not care too much about fame. They focus on music, which is their old and huge passion ever since childhood.  Daft Punk members met each other when they were in high school. Their passion for music made them become friends and this is how Daft Punk was founded. The story of the band is very nice, but ordinary at the same time.

The two are French musicians and also very discrete. They accept interviews very rarely and in the videos, they wear masks or their image is blurred. The most successful Daft Punk albums are Daft Club (2003), Human After All: Remixes (2006), as well as Daft Punk’s Electroma (2006). Their songs are popular all around the word and their fame increased day by day although the musicians were not interested in this. Daft Punk success and great music was rewarded with many Grammy nominations and awards. Although Daft Punk members do not intend to become famous, they want to enhance their music and have managed to do that.

Daft Punk’s  musical style is different from other electronic bands and each time, the members try to bring something new. The sound effects they use are amazing. Nonetheless, there were events when the two members performed without wearing costumes. Each concert of the band is a huge success and fans are absolutely charmed. Regarding 2012 concerts and events, there are many speculations. The most recent album of the band is named the TRON: Legacy, which was the soundtrack of the film with the same name. One of the most popular hit of Daft Punk was Around the World. In 2010, the band was admitted into the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres, which is an important order of merit in France. The musicians said that Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Stooges, as well as The Beach Boys inspire them.

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Around the World with Daft Punk

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Who could forget the trippy 90s music video of Daft Punk Around the World with all those creatures dancing and going round and round? Daft Punk is an electronic music duo consisting of French musicians Guy Manuel de Homem-Cristo and Thomas Bangalter. Daft Punk reached a significant popularity in the late 1990s as the house movement in France became increasingly more popular. As they continued with their success in the following years, they combined elements of house with synthpop.

Their most famous song is perhaps Around the World. The song appeared on the Daft Punk album Homework and was released as a single the same year. It subsequently became a major club hit around the world and arrived number one in the dance charts. The song is particularly known for the repetitive phrasing of its title. The key hook is a steady bassline and vocoder processed voice singing Around the World 144 times. Each character represents an instrument: the androids are the repeating vocals, the swimsuit dancers are the high pitched synth, the skeletons are the low pitched synth, the large athletes are the bass and the mummies are the drums.

The members of Daft Punk are rarely seen in the media. While in their concerts, they dress as robots and wear helmets on their heads. They say that their work is more important than their looks. Daft Punk are noted for their use of visual components associated with their musical productions. The music videos for their singles from Homework featured cartoon characters and placed emphasis on storytelling instead of musical performance. The success is still so huge, that in 2011, Coca Cola distributed limited edition Coca Cola bottles designed by Daft Punk, called Daft Coke. they were sold only in France. A newer version of these bottles now exist as collectors items, some parts of the bottles such as the cap and Coke logo being plated in gold. One thing is fur sure, Daft Punk has had a major influence in the techno-pop music department, and is still one of the most successful bands.

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Daft Punk Style

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Daft Punk is an electronic music band that was founded in 1993. Daft Punk has a great musical style that cannot be confused with other bands and this is what I appreciate the most at it. Daft Punk members have released many albums throughout time and they were all successful. All these led to a stronger success of Daft Punk and their international appreciation. Some of the released albums were Homework (1997), Discovery (2001), Human After All (2005) and  Alive 2007 (2007). The most interesting fact about Alive 2007 (2007) is that its members are not trying to become very popular, as they want their music to be on the first place and not themselves or their personal life.

Daft Punk’s first success started with the single The New Wave in 1994 and continuing with the song Around The World which was also a major international success. Daft Punk members wear masks in their videos or opt for techniques that hide their faces or blur them. They have accepted few times to give an interview, as they are busier to focus on their work. However, the name of the two members of Daft Punk are Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They met in high school when they were teenagers, in 1987. Since then, the two collaborated and discovered that they have almost the same preferences and taste when it comes to music, so this is how Daft Punk was founded.

Although Daft Punk founders are not popular figures, their music is incredible and very appreciated. The success of the band cannot be contested and their fans, as well as critics like their musical projects. Daft Punk has a unique style that cannot be confused as it happens with many bands today, no matter the musical genre, which inspire or almost copy other songs and do not make efforts to be unique and have their own style. Each album that Daft Punk is acclaimed and their fans are very interested to find out what other songs the band has conceived. 

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