Music Artist Spotlight – 02/26

Daft Punk

Music is often made with specific timings and measurements to create beats, riffs, hooks, and at long last, the product you hear on the album. Humans have long trained themselves in musical theory, but humans are not exactly flawless in their methods. So what would be better to create music than highly sophisticated scientific instruments known as robots? Specifically, the group Daft Punk. A pair of electronic music artists who, despite their outer appearance, may be Human after All.The two men behind the project, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met in 1987 and were part of a rock group before deciding to follow in the footsteps of electronica in 1993. After the release of several singles, The New Wave and Da Funk the group finally got a record contract and in 1997 their influential debut album, Homework, was released. It was hailed as an innovative mixture of various styles of electronic music and is considered to be one of the best dance music albums of the ’90s. The group released their groundbreaking Discovery in 2001, an album which took the dance music sounds and added a hit of pop sensibility. This was later to be the soundtrack to the film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, an animated feature which told the story of a group of galactic musicians and their struggle to get back to space after being captured and held on earth by a greedy record label. Their latest studio album, Human After All is seen as the group’s weakest and most repetitive offering thus far, only going through a 6 week writing schedule.

The group is legendary for refusing to show themselves in public without something masking their faces. In early years, this could be anything as simple as a plastic mask to a burlap sack. However, as the duo evolved the Robotic costumes became their signature. During live shows, the group performs with the masks on. Daft Punk live shows are few and far between, but teeming with explosive energy that spreads through the crowd like wildfire. Most recently, they have been using a large electronic ‘Pyramid’ to perform on, with gigantic screens and advanced pyrotechnics serving as a visual assault to accompany the barrage of beats and claps coming from the speakers.

The group also released a full length motion picture, Daft Punk’s Electroma, in 2006. Initially only shown at film festivals, Electroma received mixed reviews. The film tells the story of two robots (Daft Punk themselves) trying to become human and blend in with the rest of the world. The movie was saluted for its fantastic cinematography and use of imagery to tell the story rather than words but was also criticized for the incredibly long “walk” sequence which makes up a rather large bulk of the movie. It has been released on DVD in Australia and the UK and is expected to hit the US in Spring 2008. The group’s latest album, Alive 2007, is a live album documenting their show in Paris during their Alive 2007 tour.

20 years after meeting up and playing in an unsuccessful rock group, the driving force behind Daft Punk have broken new ground while hailing the musical styles of the 70s and 80s. Meshing together sight and sound into an unforgettable live experience, Daft Punk is one group you have to see live before you die.

Daft Punk Official Website
Daft Punk Official Myspace

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