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Transcript of Daft Punk
What is Daft Punk?
Well, Daft Punk is a French Electronic Music duo, consisting of the two musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The two met in 1987 when attending the same secondary school in Paris.
They became good friends and later started to record demo tracks with others from the school. They formed a small guitar based group called Darlin' in 1992 that only lasted for about six months.
They then later received a negative review in the newspaper article 'Melody Maker' and had their music dubbed as 'a daft punky thrash'. Instead of dismissing the review, they found it to be amusing and later disbanded Darlin' and Bangalter and Guy formed Daft Punk (leaving the third member of the group, Laurent Brancowitz, to pursue other efforts with 'Phoenix'). From there they began to experiment with drum machines and synthesizers which then lead to the creation of their first songs and then later, their first album.
Live Performances/Radio Interview
The Homework Era
1993 - 1999
The Discovery Era
1999 - 2004
The Human After All Era
2004 - 2008
The Tron Legacy Era
2008 - 2011
Random Access Memories Era
2011 - Present
Other Tracks From Homework
Other Tracks From Discovery
Other Tracks From The Tron Album
Other Tracks from Random Access Memories
In 1993, Thomas and Guy attended a rave at EuroDisney, where they met Stuart Macmillan of the band Slam. The demo tape that they gave to Macmillan at the rave formed the basis for Daft Punk's debut single, "The New Wave", which was a limited release in 1994. The single also contained the final mix of "The New Wave" called "Alive", which was to be featured on their first album.
Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 to record "Da Funk" which then became their first commercially successful single that same year. After the success of "Da Funk" the duo began to look for a manager. They eventually settled on Pedro Winter, who regularly promoted Daft Punk at his Hype night clubs.
Daft Punk then signed with Virgin Records in September 1996, and Thomas stated that they signed with Virgin Records not because they were interested in the money, but because the two wanted to keep control of what they had created instead of being pushed around by other record companies.
"Da Funk" and "Alive" were later included in Daft Punk's 1997 debut album Homework. The album was regarded as an innovative synthesis of techno, house, acid house, and electro styles, and had a big impact on the French House and dance music industries, with the most successful single from Homework being "Around the world". It was during this period of change in dance music that Daft Punk became largely successful by combining aforementioned music styles with the crowd pleasing elements of rave. Then, in 2001, came Discovery.
Around The World
Indo Silver Club
Other Tracks From Human After All
By 1999, the two had well begun the recording sessions for the next album, Discovery, which they had first begun working on in 1998. Discovery was then released in 2001 and it took on a new slicker kind of synthpop oriented style, which initially stunned the fans of Daft Punk's previous work. The duo said that the album was conceived as an attempt to reconnect with a playful, open minded attitude associated with the discovery phase of childhood, which is why they included heavy use of themes and samples from the late '70s to early '80s era on the album. Early releases of Discovery came with a special 'Daft Club' membership card, which granted access to an online music service featuring tracks that were later released on an album of the same name (Daft Club).
The album also provided istelf as a soundtrack to the anime film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (released in 2003), which was a collaboration between the creators of the album, meaning all of the videos for the tracks on the album are segments from the film.
After its release, Discovery brought on a new generation of fans, and the album reached No. 2 in the UK, and its single, "One More Time", was a major club and mainstream hit that nearly topped the UK singles chart, becoming well known for being heavily auto tuned and compressed. In 2001 Daft Punk also released a 45 minute excerpt of a Daftendirektour live performance, recorded at Birmingham in the UK in 1997, which was titled 'Alive 1997'.
Alive 2006 - 2007
(Tokyo, London, Sydney)
Starting on September 19 and ending on November 9 2004, Daft Punk devoted six weeks to the creation of new material. They then released Human After All in March 2005 and reviews of the album were mixed, mainly because of it's repetitive nature and seemingly rushed recording. Even with this being so, the duo considered Human After All to be their favourite of the three studio albums that they had created at that point; regarding it as 'pure improvisation'. The album was primarily created with two guitars, two drum machines, a vocoder and one eight-track machine, and was produced in 2 weeks and then mixed in four.
Bangalter stated that the album was an attempt to discover where human feelings reside in music and later commented - "We felt like the third album was about this feeling of either fear or paranoia... The record is not something intended to make you feel good."
The main singles from Human after all were "Robot Rock", "Technologic", "Human After All" and "The Prime Time Of Your Life", and a Daft Punk anthology CD/DVD titled Musique Vol. 1 1993 - 2005 was later released on April 4 2006, which contained new music videos for The Prime Time Of Your Life and Robot Rock. They also released a remix album of Human After All called "Human After All: Remixes" and the limited edition of this album included two kubricks (like lego) of Daft Punk as robots.
During this era, Daft Punk also released their second live album titled Alive 2007 on November 19 2007 and it contains the duo's live performance in Paris on their Alive 2007 tour. The live version of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" from Alive 2007 was released as a single and a music video was directed that contains footage that was recorded by 250 audience members at Daft Punks Brooklyn appearance.
Following their Alive 2007 tour, the duo began to focus on other projects. A 2008 interview with Pedro Winter revealed that Daft Punk had returned to the Paris studio to work on new material. Pedro also stepped down from managing the duo to focus on his other record labels and later stated in an interview that Daft Punk was working with an unspecified management company in Los Angeles.
On February 8 2009, Daft Punk won grammy awards for Alive 2007 and its single, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Then, at the 2009 Sand 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 and they collaborated with him for two years on the score, from pre-production to completion.
The score featured an 85-piece orchestra and was recorded AIR Lyndhurst studios in London, and the director of the film also referred to the score as being a mixture of orchestral and electronic elements. Guy-Manuel and Thomas also appeared in the movie as disk jockeys, wearing their trademark robot helmets inside the films virtual world. The soundtrack to the film was then released on December 6 2010, and a deluxe 2-disc edition was released that includes a poster of the duo from the film.
Also during this era, Daft Punk were admitted into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an order of merit of France and Bangalter and de Homem-Christo were individually awarded the rank of Chevalier (Knight). The duo also released eleven new mixes featuring their music for the game DJ Hero in 2009. The duo appear in the game as characters with their own unique venue, wearing their Discovery era helmets and the Human After All leather attire.
In 2008, Daft Punk began experimenting with material for a fourth studio album, whilst they were working on the Tron: Legacy score. Thomas Bangalter mentioned at the time - "Making music for a movie is very humbling. We’ve been working on some of our music concurrently." The duo were not satisfied with the Random Access Memories demos, in which synthesizers were prominently featured, so they eventually decided to work with live musicians. "We wanted to do what we used to do with machines and samplers, but with people." The duo avoided the use of samples on the album, with the exception of the closing track, "Contact". The duo also limited the use of electronic instruments on the album to drum machines, a custom-built modular synthesizer, and vintage vocoders!
The album features collaborations with Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Pharrell Williams. The title of the album is said to encapsulate Daft Punk's interest in the past, referencing both random-access memory technology and the human experience. Bangalter explained the reasoning behind the name - "We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the random way that memories are stored." The two felt that whilst current technology allows for an unlimited capacity to store recorded material, the content produced by contemporary artists has diminished in quality. Their goal was therefore to maximize the potential of infinite storage by recording a sprawling amount of elements.
Daft Punk sought a "west coast vibe" for the style of the album, referencing such acts as Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers and the Eagles. The duo also specifically looked to the album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd as models. Bangalter stated - "The most important records in music, whether it's Led Zeppelin, The White Album, Sgt. Pepper's, Quadrophenia or Tommy, are the ones that take you on a journey for miles and miles."
Random Access Memories was then released on May 17 2013, and is the duo's most critically and commercially successful album to date, scoring 87/100 on Metacritic, and debuting at number one in twenty countries.
The Prime Time Of Your Life
Television Rules The Nation
(Alive album cover)
The Game Has Changed
Giorgio By Moroder
Over the years, the duo have produced/created two movies (Interstella: 5555 & Electroma) and one music video contemplation (D.A.F.T).
Interstella 5555: The 5tory Of Thee 5ecret 5tar 5ystem - Interstella 5555 is a feature-length Japanese-French animated adventure musical film, and is the visual realization of the album Discovery. Each track from the album has been animated as an episode, with the movies plot revolving around the abduction and rescue of an interstellar pop band. The film was produced by Daft Punk, Cédric Hervet and Emmanuel de Buretel along with Toei Animation, under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto. The idea for Interstella 5555 formed during the early Discovery recording sessions. After Matsumoto agreed to supervise the direction of the movie, production began in October 2000 and ended in April 2003. The cost of the film is said to have been $4 million, and was released on December 1, 2003.
Electroma - Daft Punk's Electroma is a film that the duo produced in 2006. The plot revolves around the quest of two robots, who want to become human. The music featured in this film is not by Daft Punk, which is a first for the duo after their previous film and home video releases, D.A.F.T. and Interstella 5555. However, Daft Punk DID in fact direct Electroma. Thomas Bangalter stated, "With this film, we had the same approach as when we started making music. Create without any rules or standards. Take a free approach to something new that you don't really know, and that you learn from scratch."
D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes - D.A.F.T. is a video collection created by Daft Punk which features music videos of six tracks from their album Homework. The title derives from the appearance of dogs (Da Funk and Fresh), androids (Around the World), firemen (Burnin), and tomatoes (Revolution 909) in the each of the videos for the tracks, but there is no actual plot connecting any of the episodes. Each of the music videos feature a "making of" documentary except for the album track "Rollin' & Scratchin'" since its music video is a live performance in Los Angeles, California.
Alive 2007 - Berlin