Daft Punk Decoded
Daft Punk 1995
You don’t need to be a D.J., producer, curator or music lover to have heard of the French electronic group Daft Punk, created in 1993. Daft Punk gained a large chunk of their notoriety in the late 90’s during the French house movement, their choice to merge elements of house and funk is what birthed their distinct sound. Aside from their sound the visual stylization and disguises associated with the duo are actually what sets them apart from the rest of the bunch. Daft Punks calculated decision to sport their glossy space helmets and robot gloves to create the mysterious persona has been well received by supporters since 2001.
Honestly, I was not a huge fan of Daft Punk prior to their sound production on the score and soundtrack of Disney’s Tron: Legacy in 2010. What Daft Punk composed for the Tron film was sonically fresh and new, just felt good to me as a producer to hear something so innovative. From 2010 right on up through 2013 I went back into their catalog for a better understanding of their approach, then out of nowhere, the masterpiece “Random Access Memories”, I was sold. Random Access Memories is what catapulted Daft Punk to international stardom and success with the smash lead single “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams and funk legend Nile Rodgers. Daft Punk was awarded five Grammy’s which included Album of the year while get lucky snatched well-deserved record of the year, peaking top 10 in 32 countries.