Daft Punk Disbanded After Iconic Career

The pioneers of electronic dance music have parted ways after 28 years


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French electronic dance music duo Daft Punk announced on Monday, Feb. 22 that they would be disbanding in the form of a YouTube video titled “Epilogue.”

In the video, the two robots are seen walking together for a brief moment until one stops in its tracks, eventually exploding while the other walks away. The title card, which was created with American music video director, Warren Fu, reads, “1993-2021”,while a portion of Daft Punk’s song, “Touch,” plays as the video ends.

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo met while attending school in 1987. The two formed their musical partnership in 1993 in Paris, France, and quickly rose to prominence and fame in the late 1990s and 2000s through their experimental use of synthesizers and drum machines alongside the house music movement. Throughout 28 years of activity, Daft Punk’s four studio albums and 22 singles served as some of the biggest influences in dance music history. The duo co-produced tracks for the likes of popular artists Kanye West, Pharrel Williams and The Weeknd throughout the 2010s, bringing house, electronic and disco music genres into mainstream American pop music.

Perhaps Daft Punk’s most iconic production was “Alive 2007,” a concert tour in 2006 and 2007 to promote their third album, “Human After All.” Throughout 48 shows across Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania and South America, “Alive 2007” was described by The Times newspaper as a “memorable sensory spectacle, both dazzling and deafening.” The duo was heralded for their ability to bring electronic dance music to the mainstream, especially in the United States.

Daft Punk, considered by Billboard, “the most influential act of its time,” inspired many newer electronic artists. Popular modern EDM producers such as Porter Robinson and Madeon, have previously cited Daft Punk as their greatest influences. Hugo Pierre Leclerq, a French electronic artist known by the stage name Madeon, tweeted just hours after the disbandment announcement saying, “I cannot imagine how different my life would be without Daft Punk. What an impossibly rich, immaculate legacy! Merci!”