Legendary Duo Daft Punk Call It Quits After 28 Years


Daft Punk on YouTube

The end of the electronic duo was announced on YouTube with an eight-minute-long video titled “Epilogue”.

Tristan Baldeo, Staff Writer

After nearly three decades of success and being responsible for some of the greatest songs in the pop and dance genre, French electronic duo Daft Punk is officially calling it quits.

The duo announced their retirement in an eight-minute video posted to their YouTube channel titled “Epilogue”.

Daft Punk was formed in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and have become known worldwide for their music and infamous robot costumes. Fame struck for them with the release of their debut album “Homework” in 1997, featuring their two breakout songs “Da Funk” and “Around the World”. These songs would lead the duo to receive two Grammy nominations, the first of many.

The two would continue to blossom across the globe with their music, constantly receiving nominations within the electronic realm. The mainstream appeal would grow alongside this as their 2001 sophomore album, “Discovery”, would be highlighted by tracks such as “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

Kanye West himself would go on to sample “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” for his own track titled “Stronger” off his Graduation album in 2007. The song would go on to become one of the biggest and most popular songs in West’s discography and ultimately cement the duo as legends in music.

The realm of hip-hop and the community surrounding it would be something Daft Punk would continue to be involved in. While they worked with Kanye West on a constant basis, they would go on to work with The Weeknd in 2016 on his third studio album “Starboy” as well as Pharrell Williams on a plethora of tracks. This includes the duo’s most popular track, “Get Lucky”, which came off their last album, “Random Access Memories” in 2013.

Daft Punk would go on to win four Grammys in 2014 following their 2013 success. “Random Access Memories” would go on to take home album of the year and best dance/electronic album. Meanwhile, “Get Lucky” would win record of the year and best pop duo/group performance.

While the future is uncertain for both Bangalter and Homem-Christo at the moment, they will forever be known as two legends with a permanent impact on music.