Daft Punk is arguably the most impactful techno/dance duo of all time. The iconic group formed in 1993 and became one of the largest dance groups in the world. Over the years, they would expand into the world of film scoring and even their own filmmaking. However, today brings sad news as the band has officially announced their breakup.
Daft Punk did so with a clip from their film Daft Punk’s Electroma which you can watch right here:
Daft Punk’s longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the duo were splitting up, but there has been no specific reason stated for the duo disbanding.
This is certainly a bummer for Daft Punk fans. The duo had remained an influential and highly talented presence in the music world. It seemed like they had planned to explore some other avenues for their talents as well. They provided the score for TRON: Legacy and it was widely accepted as the best element of that film. In fact, Disney released a complete edition of the soundtrack just last year to commemorate the movie’s tenth anniversary. And it was expected that the duo was returning to score the third film in the TRON series. However, it looks like that has now been scrapped. Daft Punk was also announced to be scoring the new Dario Argento horror film, Black Glasses. We assume that is also no more.
There is no doubt that there will be a lot of speculation swirling around exactly why the duo decided to call it quits. They seemed to have quite a few projects in the works as of last year. Granted, 2020 was a tumultuous and challenging year for everybody on the planet. There is the possibility that the stresses that came along with that year helped contribute to the end of Daft Punk. Until we start to hear any definitive reporting regarding the split, everything is just guesswork.
The duo leaves behind an impressive body of musical work. Their debut album, Homework, created indelible dance tracks like “Around the World” and “Da Funk” that went on to define their style of dance music. Their second album, Discovery, catapulted them into the most popular dance duo in the world. Thanks to a tie-in anime film in 2003, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, the group expanded their fanbase in a huge way. Daft Punk would eventually scoop up numerous Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year with their 2013 release, Random Access Memories.
There is no overstating that this is the end of an era. It is a sad day in the music world. Daft Punk has helped to shape and define a particular genre of music and their influence will be felt for decades to come. Hopefully, we can see the group either reunite or reform in the future, if just for some more film scores or a reunion event. If not, we still have an incredible library of music that will always be there for us. Listen to some Daft Punk today in memoriam.