DAFT PUNK are a French electronic music duo formed in 1993 by
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and
Thomas Bangalter . The duo
achieved significant popularity in the late 1990s as part of the
French house movement and had continuous success in the years
following, combining elements of house music with funk , techno ,
disco , rock music and synthpop influences. They are also known
for their visual stylization and disguises associated with their
music; the duo have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot
personas in most of their public appearances since 2001 and rarely
grant interviews or appear on television. The duo were managed from
1996 to 2008 by
Pedro Winter (also known as Busy P), the head of Ed
Banger Records .
Bangalter and Homem-Christo were originally briefly in an indie rock
band named Darlin\' . When the group disbanded, it left the two to
experiment musically with drum machines and synthesisers . The duo
released their debut studio album Homework through
Virgin Records in
1997 to highly positive reviews. The duo's next album Discovery (2001)
was even more successful, driven by the release of the hit singles
"One More Time ", "Digital Love " and "Harder, Better, Faster,
Stronger ". In March 2005, the duo released their third album Human
After All to mixed reviews. However, the singles "
Robot Rock " and
Technologic " achieved considerable success in the United Kingdom.
Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released the live album
Alive 2007 , which won a
Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album
. The duo later composed the score for the Disney film Tron: Legacy in
2010, and released its soundtrack album that same year. In January
Daft Punk left Virgin for
Columbia Records , and released their
Random Access Memories in 2013 to worldwide critical
acclaim. The album's lead single "Get Lucky " became an international
success, peaking on top 10 charts in 32 countries. Random Access
Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year
and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky".
Daft Punk later gained their
first number one on the
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 with the song "Starboy ", a
The Weeknd .
* 1 History
* 1.1 1987–1992: Early career
* 1.2 1993–1999: Homework
* 1.3 1999–2003: Discovery
* 1.4 2004–2007:
Human After All
* 1.5 2007–2011: Tron: Legacy
* 1.6 2011–2016:
Random Access Memories
* 1.7 2016–present: Recent projects
* 2 Influences
* 3 Visual components and image
* 4 Appearances in media
* 5 Tributes
* 6 Discography
* 7 Awards and nominations
* 8 References
* 9 External links
1987–1992: EARLY CAREER
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and
Thomas Bangalter met in 1987 while
Lycée Carnot , a secondary school in Paris. The two
became good friends and later recorded demo tracks with others from
the school. This eventually led to the formation of a guitar-based
group called Darlin\' with
Laurent Brancowitz in 1992. Bangalter and
Homem-Christo played bass and guitar, respectively, while Brancowitz
was brought on board after the two sought an additional guitarist.
The trio had branded themselves after
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys song of the same
name , which they covered along with an original composition.
Stereolab released both tracks on a multi-artist
Duophonic Records EP
and invited the band to open for stage shows in the United Kingdom.
Bangalter felt that "The rock n' roll thing we did was pretty average,
I think. It was so brief, maybe six months, four songs and two gigs
and that was it." A negative review in
Melody Maker by Dave Jennings
subsequently dubbed the music "a daft punky thrash." Instead of
dismissing the review, they found it amusing. As Homem-Christo
stated, "We struggled so long to find Darlin', and this happened so
quickly." Darlin' soon disbanded, leaving Brancowitz to pursue other
efforts with Phoenix . Bangalter and Homem-Christo formed Daft Punk
and experimented with drum machines and synthesisers.
In September 1993,
Daft Punk attended a rave at EuroDisney , where
they met Stuart Macmillan of Slam , co-founder of the label Soma
Quality Recordings . The demo tape given to Macmillan at the rave
formed the basis for Daft Punk's debut single, "The New Wave ", a
limited release in 1994. The single also contained the final mix of
"The New Wave" called "Alive", which was to be featured on Daft Punk's
Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 to record "Da
Funk ". It
became the duo's first commercially successful single the same year.
After the success of "Da Funk",
Daft Punk looked to find a manager.
The duo eventually settled on
Pedro Winter , who regularly promoted
them and other artists at his Hype night clubs. The band signed with
Virgin Records in September 1996 and made a deal through which the duo
licensed its tracks to the major label through its production company,
Daft Trax. Bangalter stated that while the duo received numerous
offers from record labels, they wanted to wait and ensure that Daft
Punk did not lose creative control. He ultimately considered the deal
with Virgin to be more akin to a partnership.
In the mid-to-late nineties,
Daft Punk performed live without
costumes in many places including the United States. In 1996, the duo
were featured at an Even Furthur event in
Wisconsin , their first
public performance in the U.S. In addition to live original
performances, they performed a number of times in various clubs using
vinyl records from their collection. They were known for incorporating
various styles of music into their DJ sets at that time.
"Da Funk" and "Alive" were later included on Daft Punk's 1997 debut
album Homework . In February of that year, the UK dance magazine Muzik
Daft Punk cover feature and described Homework as "one of
the most hyped debut albums in a long long time." According to The
Village Voice , the album revived house music and departed from the
Eurodance formula. As noted by critic Alex Rayner, Homework brought
together established club styles and the "burgeoning eclecticism" of
big beat . In 1997
Daft Punk also launched their
promote Homework in several cities throughout the world. For this tour
the duo opted to utilize their home studio equipment for the live
stage. As Bangalter stated, "Everything was synched up—the drum
machines, the bass lines. The sequencer was just sending out the
tempos and controlling the beats and bars. On top of this structure we
built all these layers of samples and various parts that we could
bring in whenever we wanted to." 25 May 1997 saw them perform at the
Tribal Gathering festival at
Luton Hoo , England, headlining with
The most successful single from Homework was "Around the World ",
which is known for the repeating chant of the song's title. "Da Funk"
was also included on The Saint film soundtrack.
Daft Punk produced a
series of music videos for Homework directed by
Spike Jonze , Michel
Roman Coppola and Seb Janiak. The collection of videos was
released in 1999 and titled D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids,
Firemen and Tomatoes .
By 1999, the duo was well into the recording sessions for its second
album, which had begun a year earlier. The 2001 release of Discovery
took on a slicker and distinctly synthpop -oriented style, initially
stunning fans of Daft Punk's previous material in Homework. The group
states that the album was conceived as an attempt to reconnect with a
playful, open-minded attitude associated with the discovery phase of
childhood. This accounts for the heavy use of themes and samples from
the late '70s to early '80s era on the album. The album reached No. 2
in the United Kingdom, and its single, "One More Time ", was a major
club and mainstream hit that nearly topped the UK Singles Chart. The
song is well known for being heavily autotuned and compressed . The
song and album created a new generation of fans mainly familiar with
Daft Punk release. The singles "Digital Love " and "Harder,
Better, Faster, Stronger " were also very successful in the UK and on
the United States dance chart. "Digital Love" was subsequently covered
by the bands Kodaline and Hellogoodbye. The song "Face to Face " hit
No. 1 on the USA club play charts. A 45-minute excerpt from a
Daftendirektour performance recorded at Birmingham, UK in 1997 was
also released in 2001, titled
Alive 1997 . The year 2003 saw the
release of the feature-length animated film, Interstella 5555: The
5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem .
Daft Punk produced the film under
the supervision of
Leiji Matsumoto , who is their childhood hero. The
Daft Club was also released to promote the film. It features a
collection of remixes previously made available through an online
membership service of the same name.
2004–2007: HUMAN AFTER ALL
Daft Punk performing in
Berkeley, California on 27 July 2007
Starting on 13 September and ending on 9 November 2004, Daft Punk
devoted six weeks to the creation of new material. The duo later
released the resulting album
Human After All in March 2005. Reviews
were mixed, mostly citing its overly repetitive nature and seemingly
hasty recording. The singles taken from this album were "
Robot Rock ",
Technologic ", "
Human After All ", and "The Prime Time of Your Life
". The earliest official statement from
Daft Punk concerning the album
was "we believe that
Human After All speaks for itself." A Daft Punk
anthology CD/DVD titled
Musique Vol. 1 1993–2005
Musique Vol. 1 1993–2005 was released on 4
April 2006. It contains music videos for "
Robot Rock (Maximum
Overdrive)" and "The Prime Time of Your Life" directed by Daft Punk
and Tony Gardner , respectively.
Daft Punk also released a remix album
Human After All called Human After All: Remixes . A limited edition
included two kubricks of
Daft Punk as robots.
On 21 May 2006,
Daft Punk premiered its first directed film, Daft
Punk\'s Electroma , at the
Cannes Film Festival sidebar Director's
Fortnight. The film does not include Daft Punk's own music, which is
a first for the duo considering its previous DVD and film releases
D.A.F.T. for Homework and
Interstella 5555 for Discovery). Midnight
screenings of the film were shown in
Paris theaters starting from the
end of March 2007. Initial public comments have since been positive.
Alive 2006/2007 tour began with a sole United States performance
at the Coachella Festival in
Indio, California in May 2006. Several
festival appearances in Europe followed throughout the summer. Two
consecutive performances also took place at the Summer Sonic Festival
in Japan, held in
Chiba City respectively. Daft Punk's final
performance of the year occurred in the autumn, when they visited
South America and played their second U.S. performance at the Bang!
Music Festival in
Miami, Florida .
In June 2007, the duo resumed touring, beginning with an appearance
RockNess music festival in the United Kingdom. After further
shows and festival performances in Europe, the act returned to North
America for a full-fledged eight date tour. This reached many markets
for the first time on the trek and included a headline festival slot
Lollapalooza in Chicago. A second leg of shows in October followed,
consisting of an appearance at the
Vegoose music festival in Las
Vegas, Nevada and three shows in Mexico.
Daft Punk also mixed and
composed much of the music for the
Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2008
Womenswear Full Show on 7 October 2007. In December 2007, the duo
returned to Japan to play a trio of dates. This was followed by a
series of special shows in Australia, dubbed "Never Ever Land". The
dates featured regular tour stalwarts
Kavinsky and were
ultimately the fastest selling Daft Punk-related events to date. The
tour eventually culminated in Sydney at the Showground Main Arena .
Daft Punk released its second live album titled
Alive 2007 on 19
November 2007. It contains the duo's performance in
Paris from the
Alive 2007 tour. The live version of "Harder, Better, Faster,
Alive 2007 was released as a single. Olivier Gondry
directed a music video for the single that features footage shot by
250 audience members at Daft Punk's
Brooklyn appearance at KeySpan
Coney Island .
2007–2011: TRON: LEGACY
Daft Punk in
Alive 2007 tour, the duo focused on other projects.
Daft Punk made a surprise appearance at the
50th Grammy Awards on 10
February 2008. The duo appeared with
Kanye West to perform a reworked
version of "Stronger " on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
For the appearance,
Daft Punk utilized four JazzMutant Lemur
controllers. A press release specified that this was the first
televised live performance by the duo in their career. Bangalter's
Élodie Bouchez also attended the event.
Daft Punk later stated
EMI -sponsored live webchat that there would be no tour
performances for 2008, and that they would instead focus on new
A 2008 interview with
Pedro Winter revealed that
Daft Punk returned
Paris studio to work on new material. Winter also stepped down
from managing the duo to focus attention on his Ed Banger Records
label and his work as Busy P. He stated in a later interview that
Daft Punk is working with an unspecified management company in Los
Angeles.The duo held its Daft Arts production office at the Jim Henson
Studios complex in Hollywood. In 2008,
Daft Punk placed 38th in a
worldwide official poll of
DJ Magazine after debuting at position 71
in the year before. On 8 February 2009,
Daft Punk won Grammy Awards
Alive 2007 and its single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".
Later in February 2009, a website stated that a "hidden" tour had
been set for 2009. An event for 13 February 2009 in Shanghai, China
was mentioned in the website. It was later revealed to be a hoax
Daft Punk and a scam to sell tickets for a
nonexistent event. Representatives of the band announced that Daft
Punk had no tour plans for 2009, but stated that the duo was looking
forward to performing in China during their next world tour "in 2010
or 2011". The announcement also stated that all of Daft Punk's shows
are and would be posted on their official MySpace page, and that the
page can therefore be used to verify validity.
Daft Punk provided eleven new mixes featuring its music for the video
DJ Hero . The duo also appears in the game as a pair of playable
characters, along with a unique venue. The duo appears wearing its
Discovery-era helmets and Human After All-era leather attire. Daft
Punk's playable likenesses are absent from the sequel
DJ Hero 2 ,
which includes a remixed version of the song "Human After All".
At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con , it was announced that the duo
composed 24 tracks for the film Tron: Legacy . Daft Punk's score was
arranged and orchestrated by
Joseph Trapanese . The band collaborated
with him for two years on the score, from pre-production to
completion. The score features an 85-piece orchestra, recorded at AIR
Lyndhurst Studios in London.
Joseph Kosinski , director of the film,
referred to the score as being a mixture of orchestral and electronic
elements. The members of
Daft Punk also make a cameo appearance as
disc jockey programs wearing their trademark robot helmets within the
film's virtual world. The soundtrack album of the film was released
on 6 December 2010. A deluxe 2-disc edition of the album was also
released that includes a poster of the duo from the film. Additional
bonus tracks are also available through various online vendors. An
official music video for "Derezzed", with a running time of less than
two minutes, also premiered on the MTV Networks on the same day the
album was released. The video, which features
Olivia Wilde as the
character Quorra in specially-shot footage, along with images of Daft
Punk in Flynn's Arcade, was later made available for purchase from the
iTunes Store and included in the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the film.
Walt Disney Records
Walt Disney Records released a remix album of the score titled Tron:
Legacy Reconfigured on 5 April 2011.
Daft Punk were admitted into the Ordre des Arts et des
Lettres , an order of merit of France. Bangalter and Homem-Christo
were individually awarded the rank of Chevalier (knight). On October
of that year,
Daft Punk made a surprise guest appearance during the
encore of Phoenix 's show at
Madison Square Garden in New York City.
They played a medley of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and "Around
the World" before the song segued into Phoenix's song "1901". The duo
also included elements of their tracks "Rock'n Roll", "Human After
All", as well as one of Bangalter's side projects, "Together".
2011–2016: RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES
Billboard in New York City promoting
Random Access Memories in
Soma Records released a previously unpublished
Daft Punk track called
"Drive" that was made while the duo was still with Soma Records and
recording "Rollin' and Scratchin'" and "Da Funk". The track was
included in a twentieth anniversary multi-artist compilation of the
Soma label. In October 2011,
Daft Punk placed 28th in a "top-100 DJs
of 2011" list by
DJ Magazine after appearing at position 44 in the
year before. On 19 January 2012,
Daft Punk ranked No. 2 on Mixmag's
Greatest Dance Acts of All Time, with
The Prodigy at No. 1 by just a
Daft Punk worked on their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories
in collaboration with musicians Paul Williams and Chic frontman Nile
Rodgers . In May 2012 it was also announced that Italian musician
Giorgio Moroder had collaborated with the duo, recording a monologue
about his life in a vocal booth containing microphones ranging from
1960 to present day.
Chilly Gonzales stated in an interview that he
had performed material for the duo's project in a one-day session: "I
played for hours and they’re gonna grab what they grab and turn it
into whatever." He also said that the album would be released "next
spring". In October 2012,
Daft Punk provided a fifteen-minute mix of
songs by blues musician
Junior Kimbrough for
Hedi Slimane 's Yves
Saint Laurent fashion show. The duo also placed 44th in DJ Magazine
's annual Top 100 DJs list.
In January 2013, Homem-Christo revealed that
Daft Punk was in the
process of signing with
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment through the Columbia
Records label, and that the album would have a spring release. A
gradual promotional rollout was later launched featuring billboards
and television spots, leading to the reveal of the album title and
the release date of 21 May 2013. On 3 April, the official Random
Access Memories website launched The Collaborators, a series of
documentary videos about the album. Later that month, a video preview
for the song "Get Lucky " featuring Rodgers and
Pharrell Williams was
played at the 2013
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival . The
radio edit of the song was released as a digital download single one
week later on 19 April 2013. "Get Lucky" became Daft Punk's first UK
No. 1 single on 28 April 2013 remaining at number one for 4 weeks (as
of 24 May) and the
Spotify music streaming website reported that the
song is the most-streamed new song in the service's history. At the
2013 MTV Video Music Awards
2013 MTV Video Music Awards ,
Daft Punk debuted a trailer for their
Lose Yourself to Dance ," and presented the award for "Best
Female Video" alongside Rodgers and Pharrell.
56th Annual Grammy Awards ,
Random Access Memories was
awarded the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album , Album of the
Year and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical , while "Get Lucky"
received the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and the Record
of the Year .
Daft Punk performed at the ceremony with
Stevie Wonder ,
Pharrell Williams as well as
Random Access Memories rhythm
Nathan East ,
Omar Hakim ,
Paul Jackson, Jr. and Chris
Caswell. The ensemble performed "Get Lucky" before moving into a
medley consisting of Chic's "
Le Freak " and Stevie Wonder's "Another
Star " as well as elements of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster,
Stronger", "Lose Yourself to Dance", and "Around the World". The
stage backdrop used for the performance was designed by Daft Arts to
resemble a recording studio, incorporating a functioning mixing
console operated by Daft Punk. Pharrell later released his second
studio album G I R L , in which
Daft Punk performed additional vocals
for the song "Gust of Wind". On 10 March 2014, an unreleased Daft
Punk song called "Computerized" surfaced on the Internet. The song
Jay Z and appears to contain elements of "The Son of Flynn"
from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack.
In April 2015,
Daft Punk appeared in a short tribute to Rodgers as
part of a documentary on his life titled "Nile Rodgers: From
Daft Punk". In the short clip, the two send a "transmission" to
Rodgers with the message, "Dear Nile, We are sending you this
transmission to thank you for all your amazing songs. Your music
continues to inspire the world... With love, Daft Punk". Later in
2015, a documentary on
Daft Punk titled
Daft Punk Unchained was
released. The film covers Daft Punk's music career from the 1990s up
to and including their 2014 Grammy appearance. The documentary
features interviews with Rodgers, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and
others who have interacted with the duo in their projects.
2016–PRESENT: RECENT PROJECTS
Light-up outfits worn at the encore of the
Alive 2007 tour
performances, later on display at a pop-up shop for a limited time
On 15 July 2016, in an interview for Billboard, Republic Records'
executive vice president Wendy Goldstein released information
regarding a collaboration between the duo and Canadian R"> Thomas
Bangalter performing in
Miami, Florida in 2007 Guy-Manuel de
Homem-Christo performing in
Turin, Italy in 2007
Daft Punk are noted for their use of visual components associated
with their musical productions. The music videos for their singles
from Homework featured distinctive characters and placed emphasis on
storytelling instead of musical performance. The album Discovery
subsequently became the soundtrack to Interstella 5555.
Their outward personas have also changed over time. In one of the
duo's earliest magazine appearances, Homem-Christo stated in a Jockey
Slut interview that, "We don't want to be photographed. We don't
especially want to be in magazines. We have a responsibility."
Although they allowed a camera crew to film them for a French
television arts program at the time,
Daft Punk did not wish to speak
on screen "because it is dangerous." During their Homework years, the
duo would usually wear a variety of masks to hide their appearance.
Bangalter noted that “the foundation for a lot of what we’re about
artistically" is the 1974 film
Phantom of the Paradise , in which the
title character prominently wears a mask.
Daft Punk were also fans of
the 1970s band Space , known for wearing space suits with helmets that
hid the performers' appearance. In 1998, the Bangalter side project
Stardust experimented with the band wearing reflective costumes in
their music video. When not wearing disguises,
Daft Punk occasionally
preferred to be replaced by animation (as they appeared in The Work of
Michel Gondry DVD) or have their faces digitally obscured for
press kits. Few official photos of the duo's faces exist, including a
blurry one found in the Homework liner notes.
In their more visible Discovery years,
Daft Punk appeared wearing
robotic headgear and metallic gloves for publicity photo shoots,
interviews, live shows and music videos. The helmets were produced by
Paul Hahn of Daft Arts and the French directors
Alex and Martin , the
duo who also designed them. With engineering by Tony Gardner and
Alterian, Inc. , they are capable of various LED effects. Wigs were
originally attached to both helmets, but the duo removed them just
before the outfits were publicly unveiled in 2001. Daft Punk
introduced the costumes to many U.S. television viewers in an
advertisement during a special presentation of the music videos from
the Discovery album during
Cartoon Network 's
Bangalter once stated, "We did not choose to become robots. There was
an accident in our studio. We were working on our sampler, and at
exactly 9:09 am on September 9, 1999, it exploded. When we regained
consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots."
Daft Punk have said that they donned their robot outfits to easily
merge the characteristics of humans and machines. However, Bangalter
later stated that the costumes were initially the result of shyness.
"But then it became exciting from the audience's point of view. It's
the idea of being an average guy with some kind of superpower." When
asked whether the duo expressed themselves differently within the
robotic suits, Bangalter stated "No, we don't need to. It's not about
having inhibitions. It's more like an advanced version of glam , where
it's definitely not you." With the release of Human After All, the
musical duo's outfits became slightly less complicated by consisting
of black leather jacket and pants and simplified versions of the
Discovery headgear. The attire was designed by
Hedi Slimane .
Bangalter stated that, "We never like to do the same thing twice. It's
more fun and entertaining for us to do something different, whether
it's wearing masks or developing a persona that merges fiction and
reality. We're happy to give back to the masses".
According to Bangalter, the duo has a "general rule about not
appearing in videos." Although
Daft Punk rarely grants interviews,
Bangalter is cited as being the more talkative and opinionated one of
the duo. With regard to fame and stardom, he said:
We don't believe in the star system . We want the focus to be on the
music. If we have to create an image, it must be an artificial image.
That combination hides our physicality and also shows our view of the
star system. It is not a compromise.
We're trying to separate the private side and the public side. It's
just that we're a little bit embarrassed by the whole thing. We don't
want to play this star system thing. We don't want to get recognised
in the streets. Yes. Everyone has accepted us using masks in photos so
far, which makes us happy. Maybe sometimes people are a little bit
disappointed but that's the only way we want to do it. We think the
music is the most personal thing we can give. The rest is just about
people taking themselves seriously, which is all very boring
In the same interview, he was also asked a question if stardom can be
Yes. I think people understand what we are doing. I know many
people who maybe like the way we are handling things. People
understand that you don't need to be on the covers of magazines with
your face to make good music. Painters or other artists, you don't
know them but you know what they are doing. We are very happy that the
concept in itself is becoming famous. In France, you speak of Daft
Punk and I'm sure millions of people have heard it, but less than a
few thousand people know our face—which is the thing we're into. We
control it, but it's not us physically, our persons. We don't want to
run into people who are the same age as us, shaking our hand and
saying, 'Can I have your autograph?' because we think we're exactly
like them. Even girls, they can fall in love with your music, but not
with you. You don't always have to compromise yourself to be
successful. The playing with masks is just to make it funnier.
Pictures can be boring. We don't want all the rock n\' roll poses and
attitudes—they are completely stupid and ridiculous today.
Daft Punk during an interview in the television show Kastljós
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. During this
interview they noted that the use of cloth bags in particular had been
a spontaneous decision, reflecting their willingness to experiment
with their perceived image in the media.
It is believed that the mystery of their identity and the elaborate
nature of their disguises have added to their popularity. The iconic
status of the robotic costumes has been compared to the makeup of KISS
and the leather jacket worn by
Iggy Pop . Bangalter has noted, "The
mask gets very hot, but after wearing it as long as I have, I am used
to it." He later stated that the helmets in their current iteration
are fitted with ventilators to prevent overheating.
Daft Punk continued to wear the robot costumes in their live
performances at the 2008, 2014 and 2017 Grammy Awards, with variations
in clothing. During the 2014 ceremony, they also accepted their awards
on stage in the outfits, with Pharrell and Paul Williams speaking on
the duo's behalf. At the time the decision to stay in costume drew
criticism from viewers on Twitter, including future White House Press
Sean Spicer . In both their appearance at the 2017 Grammy
Awards and in the Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming" music video, the duo
wore long black capes and chrome-plated gloves along with their
APPEARANCES IN MEDIA
Daft Punk's cameo appearance in
Daft Punk's popularity has been partially attributed to their
appearances in mainstream media. The duo appeared with Juliette Lewis
in an advertisement for The Gap , featuring the single "Digital Love
", and were contractually obliged to appear only in Gap clothing. In
the summer of 2001,
Daft Punk appeared in an advertisement on Cartoon
Toonami timeslot, promoting the official
Toonami website and
the duo's animated music videos for their album Discovery . The music
videos later appeared as scenes in the feature-length film Interstella
5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem , in which
Daft Punk make a
cameo appearance as their robot alter-egos. The duo later appeared in
a television advertisement wearing their Discovery-era headgear to
Sony Ericsson 's Premini mobile phone. Their robotic costumes
also make an appearance in the "Masterclass" section on Chilly
Gonzales ' 2006 DVD release From Major to Minor. In 2010, Daft Punk
Adidas advertisements promoting a
Star Wars -themed
Daft Punk has also produced music for other artists. They produced
Teriyaki Boyz 's debut single "
HeartBreaker " on the album Beef or
Chicken? . The song contains a sample of "Human After All". Daft Punk
N.E.R.D 's song "Hypnotize U".
Daft Punk are featured
on the cover of the December 2010 issue of British publication Dazed &
Confused to promote the film Tron: Legacy , for which the duo composed
the score. They also made a cameo appearance within the film as masked
DJs at the "End of Line" nightclub.
Coca-Cola distributed limited edition bottles designed by
Daft Punk, called Daft Coke. They were only sold in France. A newer
version of these themed bottles now exist as collectors items, some
parts of the bottles such as the cap and Coke logo being plated in
gold. Daft Punk, along with
Courtney Love were photographed for the
"Music Project" of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent . The duo appear
in their new sequined suits custom made by
Hedi Slimane , holding and
playing their new instruments with bodies made of lucite . In 2013,
Bandai Tamashii released a S.H. Figuarts (SHF) action figure for Daft
Punk coinciding with the release of
Random Access Memories in Japan.
Following a series a teaser trailers,
Daft Punk made a rare public
appearance at the
2013 Monaco Grand Prix in May on behalf of the Lotus
F1 Team , who supported the duo by racing in specially-branded cars
emblazoned with the band's logo.
Daft Punk were scheduled to appear on the episode of The Colbert
Report on 6 August 2013 to promote Random Access Memories, but were
unable to do so because of contractual obligations regarding the duo's
later appearance at the
2013 MTV Video Music Awards
2013 MTV Video Music Awards . According to
Stephen Colbert ,
Daft Punk were unaware of any exclusivity agreement
and were halted by MTV executives the morning prior to the taping. In
Daft Punk appeared alongside several other musicians to announce
their co-ownership of the music service Tidal at its relaunch.
The duo has also been acknowledged in works by other artists. "Losing
My Edge ", the first single by
LCD Soundsystem , bragged about being
the first to "play
Daft Punk to the rock kids."
LCD Soundsystem also
recorded the song "
Daft Punk Is Playing at My House ", which reached
No. 29 in the UK and was nominated for the 2006
Grammy Award for Best
Dance Recording . The
Soulwax remix of the song also contains samples
Daft Punk tracks as well as tracks by Thomas Bangalter. The
song "Number 1 Girl" by the Dutch music project Le Le mentions the
Thomas Bangalter and
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo among other
producers and artists. In the
Flight of the Conchords episode "Sally
", a music video for the
Flight of the Conchords song "Robots" is shot
with homemade robot costumes fashioned by the band's manager, Murray.
Jemaine comments, "It doesn't look like Daft Punk. We wanted ones like
A number of
Daft Punk tracks have been sampled or covered by other
Technologic " was sampled by
Swizz Beatz for the Busta
Rhymes song "Touch It ". In a later remix of "Touch It" the line
"touch it, bring it, pay it, watch it, turn it, leave it, start,
format it" from "Technologic" was sung by R -webkit-column-width:
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