Electronic music dream team Daft Punk has announced they are breaking up. After nearly thirty years, I bet you’d get tired of wearing that helmet too!
The French dance duo broke the news in a video posted to their YouTube channel Monday morning, which is currently trending #1 and has six million views and counting. The eight minute video, titled “Epilogue” features a clip from Daft Punk’s 2006 film “Electroma” as well as their 2013 song “Touch”. Despite being beautifully done, the video doesn’t reveal as much information as fans might desire. The split was later confirmed by their publicist, but no further details were provided on what caused the break up or what’s next for either of the musicians.
Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo met as teenagers in Paris in the late 80’s. The two immediately began collaborating, though they didn’t officially create music as Daft Punk until 1993. The pair played with various costumes and disguises before unveiling their iconic space helmets in 2001, which remained a major part of their image for the next two decades. When asked about the helmets in an interview, Bangalter said “We don’t believe in the star system. We want the focus to be on the music. If we have to create an image, it must be an artificial image. That combination hides our physicality and also shows our view of the star system. It is not a compromise. We’re trying to separate the private side and the public side.”
In their twenty eight years together, Daft Punk released a total of four studio albums, several live and remix albums, and many singles including “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. The pair have received many accolades over the years, including six Grammy awards. Most notably, they they won four Grammys in 2014, two of which were for their single “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams.
You can watch the full video announcing their break up down below.