Legendary French electronic music and dance duo Daft Punk have announced their retirement and split. They broke the news through an 8-minute video titled ‘epilogue’ on the group’s official YouTube channel. The group’s longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the split to Variety, but declined further comment.
The video shows the duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo- sporting their signature gold and silver robot helmets which conceals their identity- walking around in a desert. They bid each other farewell, and one one of them promptly self-destructs, taking “split” too literally perhaps.
Formed in Paris, in 1993, the group introduced the French underground perspective to house scene, with chart-riding songs like ‘One More Time’ , ‘Around The World’, and ‘Da Funk’. Their debut album, ‘Homework’, is considered a landmark in dance music. Their 2014 Grammy award-winning album ‘Random Access Memories’ featured the worldwide hit retro-disco single ‘Get Lucky’, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
Since then the band have kept a low profile, only coming out of the shadows for collaborations with R&B star The Weeknd on two tracks, ‘Starboy’ and ‘I Feel It Coming, in 2016.’
The publicity-shy duo spent most of their career protecting their actual identities and were rarely seen publicly without their robot headgear. They also used processed, computerised vocals on most their biggest hits.
Tributes have poured in from fans all over the world :