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Daft Punk are a French electronic music duo formed in Paris in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. Daft Punk_sentence_0

They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement; they also had success in the years following, combining elements of house music with funk, techno, disco, rock and synthpop. Daft Punk_sentence_1

They have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most public appearances since 1999 and rarely grant interviews or appear on television. Daft Punk_sentence_2

The duo were managed from 1996 to 2008 by Pedro Winter (also known as Busy P), the head of Ed Banger Records. Daft Punk_sentence_3

After Bangalter and Homem-Christo's indie rock band Darlin' disbanded, they began experimenting with drum machines and synthesisers. Daft Punk_sentence_4

Their debut studio album Homework was released by Virgin Records in 1997 to positive reviews, backed by singles "Around the World" and "Da Funk". Daft Punk_sentence_5

Their second album, Discovery, had further success, supported by hit singles "One More Time", "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Daft Punk_sentence_6

In March 2005, Daft Punk released their third album, Human After All, to mixed reviews, though the singles "Robot Rock" and "Technologic" achieved success in the United Kingdom. Daft Punk_sentence_7

Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Daft Punk_sentence_8

They composed the score for the film Tron: Legacy, which was released in 2010 alongside its soundtrack album. Daft Punk_sentence_9

In 2013, Daft Punk left Virgin for Columbia Records, and released their fourth album, Random Access Memories, to acclaim; lead single "Get Lucky" reached the top 10 in the charts of 32 countries. Daft Punk_sentence_10

Random Access Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky". Daft Punk_sentence_11

In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song "Starboy", a collaboration with The Weeknd. Daft Punk_sentence_12

Rolling Stone ranked them No. Daft Punk_sentence_13

12 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time. Daft Punk_sentence_14

History Daft Punk_section_0

1987–1992: Early career Daft Punk_section_1

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met in 1987 while attending the Lycée Carnot secondary school in Paris. Daft Punk_sentence_15

The two became friends and recorded demos with others from the school. Daft Punk_sentence_16

This led to the formation of a guitar-based group called Darlin' with Laurent Brancowitz in 1992. Daft Punk_sentence_17

Bangalter and Homem-Christo played bass and guitar, respectively, while Brancowitz was brought on board after the two sought an additional guitarist. Daft Punk_sentence_18

The trio had branded themselves after The Beach Boys song of the same name, which they covered along with an original composition. Daft Punk_sentence_19

Both tracks were released on a multi-artist EP under Duophonic Records, a label owned by the London-based band Stereolab, who invited the trio to open for stage shows in the United Kingdom. Daft Punk_sentence_20

Bangalter felt that "The rock n' roll thing we did was pretty average, I think. Daft Punk_sentence_21

It was so brief, maybe six months, four songs and two gigs and that was it." Daft Punk_sentence_22

A negative review in Melody Maker by Dave Jennings subsequently dubbed the music "a punky thrash." Daft Punk_sentence_23

Instead of dismissing the review, they found it amusing. Daft Punk_sentence_24

As Homem-Christo stated, "We struggled so long to find [the name] Darlin', and this happened so quickly." Daft Punk_sentence_25

Darlin' soon disbanded, leaving Brancowitz to pursue other efforts with Phoenix. Daft Punk_sentence_26

Bangalter and Homem-Christo formed Daft Punk and experimented with drum machines and synthesisers. Daft Punk_sentence_27

1993–1999: Homework Daft Punk_section_2

In September 1993, Daft Punk attended a rave at EuroDisney, where they met Stuart Macmillan of Slam, co-founder of the label Soma Quality Recordings. Daft Punk_sentence_28

The demo tape given to Macmillan at the rave formed the basis for Daft Punk's debut single, "The New Wave", a limited release in 1994. Daft Punk_sentence_29

The single also contained the final mix of "The New Wave" called "Alive", which was to be featured on Daft Punk's first album. Daft Punk_sentence_30

Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 to record "Da Funk". Daft Punk_sentence_31

It became the duo's first commercially successful single the same year. Daft Punk_sentence_32

After the success of "Da Funk", Daft Punk looked to find a manager. Daft Punk_sentence_33

The duo eventually settled on Pedro Winter, who regularly promoted them and other artists at his Hype night clubs. Daft Punk_sentence_34

The band signed with Virgin Records in September 1996 and made a deal through which the duo licensed its tracks to the major label through its production company, Daft Trax. Daft Punk_sentence_35

Bangalter stated that while the duo received numerous offers from record labels, they wanted to wait and ensure that Daft Punk did not lose creative control. Daft Punk_sentence_36

He ultimately considered the deal with Virgin to be more akin to a partnership. Daft Punk_sentence_37

In the mid-to-late nineties, Daft Punk performed live without costumes in many places including the United States. Daft Punk_sentence_38

In 1996, the duo were featured at an Even Furthur event in Wisconsin, their first public performance in the U.S. Daft Punk_sentence_39

In addition to live original performances, they performed in various clubs using vinyl records from their collection. Daft Punk_sentence_40

They were known for incorporating various styles of music into their DJ sets at that time. Daft Punk_sentence_41

"Da Funk" and "Alive" were later included on Daft Punk's 1997 debut album Homework. Daft Punk_sentence_42

In February of that year, the UK dance magazine Muzik published a Daft Punk cover feature and described Homework as "one of the most hyped debut albums in a long long time." Daft Punk_sentence_43

According to The Village Voice, the album revived house music and departed from the Eurodance formula. Daft Punk_sentence_44

As noted by critic Alex Rayner, Homework brought together established club styles and the "burgeoning eclecticism" of big beat. Daft Punk_sentence_45

In 1997 Daft Punk also launched their Daftendirektour to promote Homework in several cities throughout the world. Daft Punk_sentence_46

For this tour the duo used their home studio equipment for the live stage. Daft Punk_sentence_47

As Bangalter stated, "Everything was synched up—the drum machines, the bass lines. Daft Punk_sentence_48

The sequencer was just sending out the tempos and controlling the beats and bars. Daft Punk_sentence_49

On top of this structure we built all these layers of samples and various parts that we could bring in whenever we wanted to." Daft Punk_sentence_50

25 May 1997 saw them perform at the Tribal Gathering festival at Luton Hoo, England, headlining with Orbital and Kraftwerk. Daft Punk_sentence_51

The most successful single from Homework was "Around the World", which is known for the repeating chant of the song's title. Daft Punk_sentence_52

"Da Funk" was also included on The Saint film soundtrack. Daft Punk_sentence_53

Daft Punk produced a series of music videos for Homework directed by Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Roman Coppola and Seb Janiak. Daft Punk_sentence_54

The collection of videos was released in 1999 and titled D.A.F.T. Daft Punk_sentence_55 : A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes. Daft Punk_sentence_56

1999–2003: Discovery Daft Punk_section_3

By 1999, the duo was well into the recording sessions for its second album, which had begun a year earlier. Daft Punk_sentence_57

The 2001 release of Discovery took on a slicker and distinctly synthpop-oriented style, initially stunning fans of Daft Punk's previous material in Homework. Daft Punk_sentence_58

The group states that the album was conceived as an attempt to reconnect with a playful, open-minded attitude associated with the discovery phase of childhood. Daft Punk_sentence_59

This accounts for the heavy use of themes and samples from the late '70s to early '80s era on the album. Daft Punk_sentence_60

The album reached No. Daft Punk_sentence_61

2 in the United Kingdom, and its single, "One More Time", was a major club and mainstream hit that nearly topped the UK Singles Chart. Daft Punk_sentence_62

The song is well known for being heavily autotuned and compressed. Daft Punk_sentence_63

The song and album created a new generation of fans mainly familiar with the second Daft Punk release. Daft Punk_sentence_64

The singles "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" were also very successful in the UK and on the United States dance chart. Daft Punk_sentence_65

"Digital Love" was subsequently covered by the bands Kodaline and Hellogoodbye. Daft Punk_sentence_66

The song "Face to Face" hit No. Daft Punk_sentence_67

1 on the USA club play charts. Daft Punk_sentence_68

A 45-minute excerpt from a Daftendirektour performance recorded at Birmingham, UK in 1997 was also released in 2001, titled Alive 1997. Daft Punk_sentence_69

The year 2003 saw the release of the feature-length animated film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. Daft Punk_sentence_70

Daft Punk produced the film under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto, who is their childhood hero. Daft Punk_sentence_71

The album Daft Club was also released to promote the film. Daft Punk_sentence_72

It features a collection of remixes previously made available through an online membership service of the same name. Daft Punk_sentence_73

2004–2007: Human After All Daft Punk_section_4

In March 2005, Daft Punk released their third album, Human After All, the result of six weeks of writing and recording. Daft Punk_sentence_74

Reviews were mixed, with criticism for its repetition and seemingly hasty recording. Daft Punk_sentence_75

The singles were "Robot Rock", "Technologic", "Human After All", and "The Prime Time of Your Life". Daft Punk_sentence_76

A Daft Punk anthology CD/DVD, Musique Vol. 1 1993–2005, was released on 4 April 2006. Daft Punk_sentence_77

It contains music videos for "Robot Rock (Maximum Overdrive)" and "The Prime Time of Your Life" directed by Daft Punk and Tony Gardner, respectively. Daft Punk_sentence_78

Daft Punk also released a remix album, Human After All: Remixes. Daft Punk_sentence_79

On 21 May 2006, Daft Punk premiered their first directed film, Daft Punk's Electroma, at the Cannes Film Festival sidebar Director's Fortnight. Daft Punk_sentence_80

The film does not include Daft Punk's music. Daft Punk_sentence_81

Midnight screenings of the film were held in Paris theaters starting from the end of March 2007. Daft Punk_sentence_82

Initial public comments have since been positive. Daft Punk_sentence_83

The Alive 2006/2007 tour began with a sole United States performance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California in April 2006. Daft Punk_sentence_84

Several festival appearances in Europe followed throughout the summer. Daft Punk_sentence_85

Two consecutive performances also took place at the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, held in Osaka and Chiba City respectively. Daft Punk_sentence_86

Daft Punk's final performance of the year occurred in the autumn, when they visited South America and played their second U.S. performance at the Bang! Daft Punk_sentence_87

Music Festival in Miami, Florida. Daft Punk_sentence_88

In June 2007, the duo resumed touring, beginning with an appearance at the RockNess music festival in the United Kingdom. Daft Punk_sentence_89

After further shows and festival performances in Europe, the act returned to North America for a full-fledged eight date tour. Daft Punk_sentence_90

This reached many markets for the first time on the trek and included a headline festival slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Daft Punk_sentence_91

A second leg of shows in October followed, consisting of an appearance at the Vegoose music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada and three shows in Mexico. Daft Punk_sentence_92

Daft Punk also mixed and composed much of the music for the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2008 Womenswear Full Show on 7 October 2007. Daft Punk_sentence_93

In December 2007, the duo returned to Japan to play a trio of dates. Daft Punk_sentence_94

This was followed by a series of special shows in Australia, dubbed "Never Ever Land". Daft Punk_sentence_95

The dates featured regular tour stalwarts SebastiAn and Kavinsky and were ultimately the fastest selling Daft Punk-related events to date. Daft Punk_sentence_96

The tour eventually culminated in Sydney at the Showground Main Arena. Daft Punk_sentence_97

Daft Punk released its second live album titled Alive 2007 on 19 November 2007. Daft Punk_sentence_98

It contains the duo's performance in Paris from the Alive 2007 tour. Daft Punk_sentence_99

The live version of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" from Alive 2007 was released as a single. Daft Punk_sentence_100

Olivier Gondry directed a music video for the single that features footage shot by 250 audience members at Daft Punk's Brooklyn appearance at KeySpan Park, Coney Island. Daft Punk_sentence_101

2008–2011: Tron: Legacy Daft Punk_section_5

Following the Alive 2007 tour, the duo focused on other projects. Daft Punk_sentence_102

Daft Punk made a surprise appearance at the 50th Grammy Awards on 10 February 2008. Daft Punk_sentence_103

The duo appeared with Kanye West to perform a reworked version of "Stronger" on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Daft Punk_sentence_104

For the appearance, Daft Punk used four JazzMutant Lemur controllers. Daft Punk_sentence_105

A press release specified that this was the first televised live performance by the duo in their career. Daft Punk_sentence_106

Bangalter's wife Élodie Bouchez also attended the event. Daft Punk_sentence_107

Daft Punk later stated in an EMI-sponsored live webchat that there would be no tour performances for 2008, and that they would instead focus on new projects. Daft Punk_sentence_108

A 2008 interview with Pedro Winter revealed that Daft Punk returned to its Paris studio to work on new material. Daft Punk_sentence_109

Winter also stepped down from managing the duo to focus attention on his Ed Banger Records label and his work as Busy P. He stated in a later interview that Daft Punk are working with an unspecified management company in Los Angeles. Daft Punk_sentence_110

The duo held its Daft Arts production office at the Jim Henson Studios complex in Hollywood. Daft Punk_sentence_111

In 2008, Daft Punk placed 38th in a worldwide official poll of DJ Mag after debuting at position 71 in the year before. Daft Punk_sentence_112

On 8 February 2009, Daft Punk won Grammy Awards for Alive 2007 and its single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Daft Punk_sentence_113

Later in February 2009, a website stated that a "hidden" tour had been set for 2009. Daft Punk_sentence_114

An event for 13 February 2009 in Shanghai, China was mentioned in the website. Daft Punk_sentence_115

It was later revealed to be a hoax. Daft Punk_sentence_116

Representatives of the band announced that Daft Punk had no tour plans for 2009, but stated that the duo was looking forward to performing in China during their next world tour "in 2010 or 2011". Daft Punk_sentence_117

The announcement also stated that all of Daft Punk's shows are and would be posted on their official MySpace page, and that the page can therefore be used to verify validity. Daft Punk_sentence_118

Daft Punk provided eleven new mixes featuring its music for the video game DJ Hero. Daft Punk_sentence_119

The duo also appears in the game as a pair of playable characters, along with a unique venue. Daft Punk_sentence_120

The duo appears wearing its Discovery-era helmets and Human After All-era leather attire. Daft Punk_sentence_121

Daft Punk's playable likenesses are absent from the sequel DJ Hero 2, which includes a remixed version of the song "Human After All". Daft Punk_sentence_122

At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the duo composed 24 tracks for the film Tron: Legacy. Daft Punk_sentence_123

Daft Punk's score was arranged and orchestrated by Joseph Trapanese. Daft Punk_sentence_124

The band collaborated with him for two years on the score, from pre-production to completion. Daft Punk_sentence_125

The score features an 85-piece orchestra, recorded at AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London. Daft Punk_sentence_126

Joseph Kosinski, director of the film, referred to the score as being a mixture of orchestral and electronic elements. Daft Punk_sentence_127

The members of Daft Punk also make a cameo appearance as disc jockey programs wearing their trademark robot helmets within the film's virtual world. Daft Punk_sentence_128

The soundtrack album of the film was released on 6 December 2010. Daft Punk_sentence_129

A deluxe 2-disc edition of the album was also released that includes a poster of the duo from the film. Daft Punk_sentence_130

Additional bonus tracks are also available through various online vendors. Daft Punk_sentence_131

An official music video for "Derezzed", with a running time of less than two minutes, also premiered on the MTV Networks on the same day the album was released. Daft Punk_sentence_132

The video, which features Olivia Wilde as the character Quorra in specially-shot footage, along with images of Daft Punk in Flynn's Arcade, was later made available for purchase from the iTunes Store and included in the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the film. Daft Punk_sentence_133

Walt Disney Records released a remix album of the score titled Tron: Legacy Reconfigured on 5 April 2011. Daft Punk_sentence_134

In 2010, Daft Punk were admitted into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an order of merit of France. Daft Punk_sentence_135

Bangalter and Homem-Christo were individually awarded the rank of Chevalier (knight). Daft Punk_sentence_136

On October of that year, Daft Punk made a surprise guest appearance during the encore of Phoenix's show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Daft Punk_sentence_137

They played a medley of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and "Around the World" before the song segued into Phoenix's song "1901". Daft Punk_sentence_138

The duo also included elements of their tracks "Rock'n Roll", "Human After All", as well as one of Bangalter's side projects, "Together". Daft Punk_sentence_139

2011–2015: Random Access Memories Daft Punk_section_6

Soma Records released a previously unpublished Daft Punk track called "Drive" that was made while the duo was still with Soma Records and recording "Rollin' and Scratchin'" and "Da Funk". Daft Punk_sentence_140

The track was included in a twentieth anniversary multi-artist compilation of the Soma label. Daft Punk_sentence_141

In October 2011, Daft Punk placed 28th in a "top-100 DJs of 2011" list by DJ Magazine after appearing at position 44 in the year before. Daft Punk_sentence_142

On 19 January 2012, Daft Punk ranked No. Daft Punk_sentence_143

2 on Mixmag's Greatest Dance Acts of All Time, with The Prodigy at No. Daft Punk_sentence_144

1 by just a few points. Daft Punk_sentence_145

In October 2012, Daft Punk provided a fifteen-minute mix of songs by blues musician Junior Kimbrough for Hedi Slimane's Yves Saint Laurent fashion show. Daft Punk_sentence_146

The duo also placed 44th in DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs list. Daft Punk_sentence_147

Daft Punk worked on their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, with musicians including Paul Williams, Chic frontman Nile Rodgers, and Giorgio Moroder. Daft Punk_sentence_148

In January 2013, Homem-Christo revealed that Daft Punk was in the process of signing with Sony Music Entertainment through the Columbia Records label, and that the album would have a spring release. Daft Punk_sentence_149

A gradual promotional rollout was later launched featuring billboards and television spots, leading to the reveal of the album title and the release date of 21 May 2013. Daft Punk_sentence_150

On 3 April, the official Random Access Memories website launched The Collaborators, a series of documentary videos about the album. Daft Punk_sentence_151

Later that month, a video preview for the song "Get Lucky" featuring Rodgers and Pharrell Williams was played at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Daft Punk_sentence_152

The radio edit of the song was released as a digital download single one week later on 19 April 2013. Daft Punk_sentence_153

"Get Lucky" became Daft Punk's first UK No. Daft Punk_sentence_154

1 single on 28 April 2013 remaining at number one for 4 weeks (as of 24 May) and the Spotify music streaming website reported that the song is the most-streamed new song in the service's history. Daft Punk_sentence_155

At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Daft Punk debuted a trailer for their single "Lose Yourself to Dance," and presented the award for "Best Female Video" alongside Rodgers and Pharrell. Daft Punk_sentence_156

In December, the duo revealed a music video for the song "Instant Crush," directed by Warren Fu and featuring Julian Casablancas. Daft Punk_sentence_157

Daft Punk co-produced Kanye West's sixth studio album, Yeezus (2013), creating the tracks "On Sight," "Black Skinhead," "I Am A God," and "Send It Up." Daft Punk_sentence_158

"Black Skinhead" was the first track to come from the collaboration, and was composed using drums from Daft Punk's recording sessions for Random Access Memories. Daft Punk_sentence_159

For the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Random Access Memories was awarded the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album, Album of the Year and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, while "Get Lucky" received the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and the Record of the Year. Daft Punk_sentence_160

Daft Punk performed at the ceremony with Stevie Wonder, Rodgers, Pharrell Williams as well as Random Access Memories rhythm section players Nathan East, Omar Hakim, Paul Jackson, Jr. and Chris Caswell. Daft Punk_sentence_161

The ensemble performed "Get Lucky" before moving into a medley consisting of Chic's "Le Freak" and Stevie Wonder's "Another Star" as well as elements of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", "Lose Yourself to Dance", and "Around the World". Daft Punk_sentence_162

The stage backdrop used for the performance was designed by Daft Arts to resemble a recording studio, incorporating a functioning mixing console operated by Daft Punk. Daft Punk_sentence_163

Pharrell later released his second studio album G I R L, in which Daft Punk performed additional vocals for the song "Gust of Wind". Daft Punk_sentence_164

On 10 March 2014, an unreleased Daft Punk song called "Computerized" surfaced on the Internet. Daft Punk_sentence_165

The song features Jay Z and contained elements of "The Son of Flynn" from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Daft Punk_sentence_166

The song was originally intended to be a single to appear in and promote Tron: Legacy, but it was scrapped after concerns of the lyrical content being too grounded to fit the film. Daft Punk_sentence_167

In April 2015, Daft Punk appeared in a short tribute to Rodgers as part of a documentary on his life titled Nile Rodgers: From Disco to Daft Punk. Daft Punk_sentence_168

In the short clip, the two send a "transmission" to Rodgers with the message: "Dear Nile, We are sending you this transmission to thank you for all your amazing songs. Daft Punk_sentence_169

Your music continues to inspire the world... With love, Daft Punk". Daft Punk_sentence_170

Later in 2015, a documentary, Daft Punk Unchained, was released. Daft Punk_sentence_171

The film covers Daft Punk's music career from the 1990s up to and including their 2014 Grammy appearance. Daft Punk_sentence_172

The documentary features interviews with Rodgers, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and others. Daft Punk_sentence_173

2016–present: Recent projects Daft Punk_section_7

On 22 September 2016, Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd released a track, "Starboy", featuring Daft Punk. Daft Punk_sentence_174

The song later hit No. Daft Punk_sentence_175

1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Daft Punk's first number-one song in the U.S. On 17 November, The Weeknd released "I Feel It Coming", also featuring Daft Punk, peaking at number four. Daft Punk_sentence_176

Both songs appeared on The Weeknd's album Starboy. Daft Punk_sentence_177

Throughout the end of 2016, rumors began to surface of a Daft Punk Alive 2017 tour. Daft Punk_sentence_178

In September 2016, the rumors led to Pitchfork reporting that Daft Punk had no plans for a future tour. Daft Punk_sentence_179

A fan-made website that first appeared on 27 October 2016 featured a blank page with text reading Alive in plain text. Daft Punk_sentence_180

Within the website coding were geo-coordinates based in Paris, Los Angeles, London, New York, Tokyo, São Paulo, Ibiza and Indio, the last being the location of Coachella. Daft Punk_sentence_181

The website has since been taken down. Daft Punk_sentence_182

In February 2017, Daft Punk launched a pop-up shop in Hollywood, California featuring memorabilia, artwork, and a display of the various costumes the duo has worn over the years. Daft Punk_sentence_183

The duo also performed with The Weeknd at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on 12 February 2017. Daft Punk_sentence_184

Throughout the years following the Starboy collaborations, Bangalter and Homem-Christo have worked solo as producers appearing on several projects. Daft Punk_sentence_185

On 21 June 2017, the Australian band Parcels released the song "Overnight", produced and co-written by Daft Punk. Daft Punk_sentence_186

In February 2019, it was announced that Daft Punk would launch an electronic art exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris featuring various costumes, guitars, and other fixtures based on the theme of the duo's song "Technologic". Daft Punk_sentence_187

On 27 April 2020, a la Repubblica interview with Italian filmmaker Dario Argento stated that Daft Punk had reached out to him with the desire to make the soundtrack of his upcoming film Occhiali neri (English title: Black Glasses). Daft Punk_sentence_188

The producers of the film have since clarified that no formal deal has been made regarding the film score. Daft Punk_sentence_189

The public relations firm behind Daft Punk have also stated that the duo are not associated with the film. Daft Punk_sentence_190

Artistry Daft Punk_section_8

Visual components and image Daft Punk_section_9

Daft Punk are well known for their use of visual components associated with their musical productions. Daft Punk_sentence_191

The music videos for their singles from Homework featured distinctive characters and placed emphasis on storytelling instead of musical performance. Daft Punk_sentence_192

The album Discovery subsequently became the soundtrack to Interstella 5555. Daft Punk_sentence_193

Their outward personas have also changed over time. Daft Punk_sentence_194

In one of the duo's earliest magazine appearances, Homem-Christo stated in a Jockey Slut interview that, "We don't want to be photographed. Daft Punk_sentence_195

[...] We don't especially want to be in magazines. Daft Punk_sentence_196

We have a responsibility." Daft Punk_sentence_197

Although they allowed a camera crew to film them for a French television arts program at the time, Daft Punk did not wish to speak on screen "because it is dangerous." Daft Punk_sentence_198

During their Homework years, the duo would usually wear a variety of masks to hide their appearance. Daft Punk_sentence_199

Bangalter noted that "the foundation for a lot of what we’re about artistically" is the 1974 film Phantom of the Paradise, in which the title character prominently wears a mask. Daft Punk_sentence_200

Daft Punk were also fans of the 1970s band Space, known for wearing space suits with helmets that hid the performers' appearance. Daft Punk_sentence_201

In 1998, the Bangalter side project Stardust experimented with the band wearing reflective costumes in their music video. Daft Punk_sentence_202

When not wearing disguises, Daft Punk occasionally preferred to be replaced by animation (as they appeared in The Work of Director Michel Gondry DVD) or have their faces digitally obscured for press kits. Daft Punk_sentence_203

Few official photos of the duo's faces exist, including a blurry one found in the Homework liner notes. Daft Punk_sentence_204

In their more visible Discovery years, Daft Punk appeared wearing robotic headgear and metallic gloves for publicity photo shoots, interviews, live shows and music videos. Daft Punk_sentence_205

The helmets were produced by Paul Hahn of Daft Arts and the French directors Alex and Martin, the duo who also designed them. Daft Punk_sentence_206

With engineering by Tony Gardner and Alterian, Inc., they are capable of various LED effects. Daft Punk_sentence_207

Wigs were originally attached to both helmets, but the duo removed them just before the outfits were publicly unveiled in 2001. Daft Punk_sentence_208

Daft Punk introduced the costumes to many U.S. television viewers in an advertisement during a special presentation of the music videos from the Discovery album during Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Daft Punk_sentence_209

Bangalter once stated, "We did not choose to become robots. Daft Punk_sentence_210

There was an accident in our studio. Daft Punk_sentence_211

We were working on our sampler, and at exactly 9:09 am on September 9, 1999, it exploded. Daft Punk_sentence_212

When we regained consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots." Daft Punk_sentence_213

Daft Punk have said that they donned their robot outfits to easily merge the characteristics of humans and machines. Daft Punk_sentence_214

Bangalter later stated that the costumes were initially the result of shyness. Daft Punk_sentence_215

"But then it became exciting from the audience's point of view. Daft Punk_sentence_216

It's the idea of being an average guy with some kind of superpower." Daft Punk_sentence_217

When asked whether the duo expressed themselves differently within the robotic suits, Bangalter stated "No, we don't need to. Daft Punk_sentence_218

It's not about having inhibitions. Daft Punk_sentence_219

It's more like an advanced version of glam, where it's definitely not you." Daft Punk_sentence_220

With the release of Human After All, the musical duo's outfits became slightly less complicated by consisting of black leather jacket and pants and simplified versions of the Discovery headgear. Daft Punk_sentence_221

The attire was designed by Hedi Slimane. Daft Punk_sentence_222

Bangalter stated that, "We never like to do the same thing twice. Daft Punk_sentence_223

It's more fun and entertaining for us to do something different, whether it's wearing masks or developing a persona that merges fiction and reality. Daft Punk_sentence_224

We're happy to give back to the masses". Daft Punk_sentence_225

According to Bangalter, the duo has a "general rule about not appearing in videos." Daft Punk_sentence_226

Although Daft Punk rarely grants interviews, Bangalter is cited as being the more talkative and opinionated one of the duo. Daft Punk_sentence_227

With regard to fame and stardom, he said: Daft Punk_sentence_228

In the same interview, he was also asked a question if stardom can be avoided. Daft Punk_sentence_229

During the filming and promotion of Daft Punk's Electroma, the duo went to great lengths to avoid showing their faces. Daft Punk_sentence_230

While on the set of the film, the duo chose to be interviewed with their backs turned. Daft Punk_sentence_231

As reported in October 2006, the band went as far as to wear black cloths over their heads during a televised interview. Daft Punk_sentence_232

During this interview they noted that the use of cloth bags in particular had been a spontaneous decision, reflecting their willingness to experiment with their perceived image in the media. Daft Punk_sentence_233

It is believed that the mystery of their identity and the elaborate nature of their disguises have added to their popularity. Daft Punk_sentence_234

The iconic status of the robotic costumes has been compared to the makeup of KISS and the leather jacket worn by Iggy Pop. Daft Punk_sentence_235

Bangalter has noted, "The mask gets very hot, but after wearing it as long as I have, I am used to it." Daft Punk_sentence_236

He later stated that the helmets in their current iteration are fitted with ventilators to prevent overheating. Daft Punk_sentence_237

Daft Punk continued to wear the robot costumes in their live performances at the 2008, 2014 and 2017 Grammy Awards, with variations in clothing. Daft Punk_sentence_238

During the 2014 ceremony, they also accepted their awards on stage in the outfits, with Pharrell and Paul Williams speaking on the duo's behalf. Daft Punk_sentence_239

The decision to stay in costume drew criticism from viewers on Twitter, including future White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who misspelled the duo's name as "Daft Funk". Daft Punk_sentence_240

In both their appearance at the 2017 Grammy Awards and in the Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming" music video, the duo wore long black capes and chrome-plated gloves along with their customary helmets. Daft Punk_sentence_241

Appearances in media Daft Punk_section_10

Daft Punk's popularity has been partially attributed to their appearances in mainstream media. Daft Punk_sentence_242

The duo appeared with Juliette Lewis in an advertisement for The Gap, featuring the single "Digital Love", and were contractually obliged to appear only in Gap clothing. Daft Punk_sentence_243

In the summer of 2001, Daft Punk appeared in an advertisement on Cartoon Network's Toonami timeslot, promoting the official Toonami website and the duo's animated music videos for their album Discovery. Daft Punk_sentence_244

The music videos later appeared as scenes in the feature-length film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, in which Daft Punk make a cameo appearance as their robot alter-egos. Daft Punk_sentence_245

The duo later appeared in a television advertisement wearing their Discovery-era headgear to promote Sony Ericsson's Premini mobile phone. Daft Punk_sentence_246

Their robotic costumes also make an appearance in the "Masterclass" section on Chilly Gonzales' 2006 DVD release From Major to Minor. Daft Punk_sentence_247

In 2010, Daft Punk appeared in Adidas advertisements promoting a Star Wars-themed clothing line. Daft Punk_sentence_248

Daft Punk have also produced music for other artists. Daft Punk_sentence_249

They produced the Teriyaki Boyz's debut single "HeartBreaker" on the album Beef or Chicken?. Daft Punk_sentence_250

The song contains a sample of "Human After All". Daft Punk_sentence_251

Daft Punk later produced N.E.R.D. Daft Punk_sentence_252 's song "Hypnotize U". Daft Punk_sentence_253

Daft Punk are featured on the cover of the December 2010 issue of British publication Dazed & Confused to promote the film Tron: Legacy, for which the duo composed the score. Daft Punk_sentence_254

They also made a cameo appearance within the film as masked DJs at the "End of Line" nightclub. Daft Punk_sentence_255

In 2011, Coca-Cola distributed limited edition bottles designed by Daft Punk, called Daft Coke. Daft Punk_sentence_256

They were only sold in France. Daft Punk_sentence_257

A newer version of these themed bottles now exist as collectors items, some parts of the bottles such as the cap and Coke logo being plated in gold. Daft Punk_sentence_258

Daft Punk, along with Courtney Love were photographed for the "Music Project" of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. Daft Punk_sentence_259

The duo appear in their new sequined suits custom made by Hedi Slimane, holding and playing their new instruments with bodies made of . Daft Punk_sentence_260

In 2013, Bandai Tamashii released a S.H. Daft Punk_sentence_261

Figuarts (SHF) action figure for Daft Punk coinciding with the release of Random Access Memories in Japan. Daft Punk_sentence_262

Following a series a teaser trailers, Daft Punk made a rare public appearance at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix in May on behalf of the Lotus F1 Team, who supported the duo by racing in specially-branded cars emblazoned with the band's logo. Daft Punk_sentence_263

Daft Punk were scheduled to appear on the episode of The Colbert Report on 6 August 2013 to promote Random Access Memories, but were unable to do so because of contractual obligations regarding the duo's later appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Daft Punk_sentence_264

According to Stephen Colbert, Daft Punk were unaware of any exclusivity agreement and were halted by MTV executives the morning prior to the taping. Daft Punk_sentence_265

In 2015, Daft Punk appeared alongside several other musicians to announce their co-ownership of the music service Tidal at its relaunch. Daft Punk_sentence_266

Influences Daft Punk_section_11

Bangalter and Homem-Christo have credited many sources that influenced their musical style. Daft Punk_sentence_267

Bangalter recalled that the records motivated him to learn English as a second language, since he wanted to understand the lyrics. Daft Punk_sentence_268

The duo's mutual admiration for rock bands led to the founding of their own indie group called Darlin'. Daft Punk_sentence_269

Bangalter explained: "It was still maybe more a teenage thing at that time. Daft Punk_sentence_270

It's like, you know, everybody wants to be in a band." Daft Punk_sentence_271

They also drew inspiration from the rock and acid house in the United Kingdom during the early 1990s. Daft Punk_sentence_272

Homem-Christo referred to Screamadelica by Primal Scream as the record that "put everything together" in terms of genre". Daft Punk_sentence_273

The liner notes of Homework pay tribute to a large number of musical artists and contain a quote from Brian Wilson. Daft Punk_sentence_274

Bangalter stated: "In Brian Wilson's music you could really feel the beauty—it was very spiritual. Daft Punk_sentence_275

Like Bob Marley, too." Daft Punk_sentence_276

When questioned on the success of Daft Punk's debut album and the rising popularity of their associated musical genre, Bangalter responded, "before us you had Frankie Knuckles or Juan Atkins and so on. Daft Punk_sentence_277

The least you can do is pay respect to those who are not known and who have influenced people." Daft Punk_sentence_278

The Daft Punk track "Teachers", from Homework, refers to several influences, such as Romanthony and Todd Edwards. Daft Punk_sentence_279

Homem-Christo stated: "Their music had a big effect on us. Daft Punk_sentence_280

The sound of their productions—the compression, the sound of the kick drum and Romanthony's voice, the emotion and soul—is part of how we sound today." Daft Punk_sentence_281

A 2011 Bodytonic podcast featured tracks from all of the artists named in "Teachers", the Brian Wilson speech quoted in the liner notes of Homework, and a Kraftwerk-like 1983 track produced by Daniel Vangarde, father of Bangalter. Daft Punk_sentence_282

Romanthony and Edwards later collaborated with Daft Punk on tracks for Discovery. Daft Punk_sentence_283

For the album, Daft Punk focused on new styles of electronic music. Daft Punk_sentence_284

A major inspiration was the Aphex Twin single "Windowlicker", which was "neither a purely club track nor a very chilled-out, down-tempo relaxation track", according to Bangalter. Daft Punk_sentence_285

The duo also used vintage equipment to recreate the sound of an artist from a previous era. Daft Punk_sentence_286

As stated by Homem-Christo, "On 'Digital Love' you get this Supertramp vibe on the bridge," which was generated through an in-studio Wurlitzer piano. Daft Punk_sentence_287

During a later interview, Homem-Christo clarified that "we didn't make a list of artists we like and copy their songs." Daft Punk_sentence_288

Daft Punk would collaborate with Edwards again on the song "Fragments of Time", featured on the 2013 album Random Access Memories. Daft Punk_sentence_289

During a 2009 interview, Bangalter named Andy Warhol as one of Daft Punk's early artistic influences. Daft Punk_sentence_290

For the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, the duo drew inspiration from Wendy Carlos, the composer of the original Tron film, as well as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, John Carpenter, Vangelis, Philip Glass and Maurice Jarre. Daft Punk_sentence_291

Daft Punk later sought a "west coast vibe" during the production of Random Access Memories, referencing such bands as Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers and the Eagles. Daft Punk_sentence_292

They also highlighted the influence of Jean Michel Jarre in an interview following the album's release. Daft Punk_sentence_293

In January 2017, London-based music publication FACTmag featured a 1000 track playlist of Daft Punk's influences to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Homework. Daft Punk_sentence_294

Tributes Daft Punk_section_12

The duo has been acknowledged in works by other artists. Daft Punk_sentence_295

In "Losing My Edge", the first single by LCD Soundsystem, lead singer James Murphy sarcastically bragged about being the first to "play Daft Punk to the rock kids." Daft Punk_sentence_296

LCD Soundsystem also recorded the song "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House", which reached No. Daft Punk_sentence_297

29 in the UK and was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. Daft Punk_sentence_298

The Soulwax remix of the song also contains samples of many Daft Punk tracks as well as tracks by Thomas Bangalter. Daft Punk_sentence_299

The song "Number 1 Girl" by the Dutch music project Le Le mentions the names Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo among other producers and artists. Daft Punk_sentence_300

In the Flight of the Conchords episode "Sally", a music video for the Flight of the Conchords song "Robots" is shot with homemade robot costumes fashioned by the band's manager, Murray. Daft Punk_sentence_301

Jemaine comments, "It doesn't look like Daft Punk. Daft Punk_sentence_302

We wanted ones like Daft Punk." Daft Punk_sentence_303

Daft Punk tracks have been sampled or covered by other artists. Daft Punk_sentence_304

"Technologic" was sampled by Swizz Beatz for the Busta Rhymes song "Touch It". Daft Punk_sentence_305

In a later remix of "Touch It" the line "touch it, bring it, pay it, watch it, turn it, leave it, start, format it" from "Technologic" was sung by R&B and rap artist Missy Elliott. Daft Punk_sentence_306

Kanye West's 2007 song "Stronger" from the album Graduation borrows the melody and features a vocal sample of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Daft Punk_sentence_307

Daft Punk's robotic costumes make an appearance in the music video for "Stronger". Daft Punk_sentence_308

The track "Daftendirekt" from Daft Punk's album Homework was sampled for the Janet Jackson song "So Much Betta" from her 2008 album Discipline. Daft Punk_sentence_309

The track "Aerodynamic" was sampled for Wiley's 2008 single "Summertime". Daft Punk_sentence_310

"Veridis Quo" from the album Discovery was sampled for the Jazmine Sullivan song "Dream Big" from her 2008 album Fearless. Daft Punk_sentence_311

DJs Marc Mysterio and Téo Moss released a cover version of "One More Time" featuring the vocals of Yardi Don. Daft Punk_sentence_312

Daft Punk's "Around the World" was sampled for JoJo's 2009 song "You Take Me (Around the World)". Daft Punk_sentence_313

The song "Cowboy George" by The Fall contains a clip of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Daft Punk_sentence_314

A cappella group Pentatonix performed a medley of Daft Punk songs, released as a YouTube video. Daft Punk_sentence_315

As of June 2020, the video had been viewed over 330 million times. Daft Punk_sentence_316

The medley won for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella of the 57th Grammy Awards. Daft Punk_sentence_317

In a December 2012 episode of The Simpsons titled "The Day the Earth Stood Cool", recurring character Disco Stu wears an outfit which is very similar in design to Bangalter's. Daft Punk_sentence_318

The online role-playing game World of Warcraft references the musicians with non-player characters Guyo Crystalgear and Tivilix Bangalter, which wear distinctive diving suits and helmets based on the duo's signature appearance. Daft Punk_sentence_319

In the 2014 animated film My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, the character Rarity briefly dons an outfit with a helmet similar to that of Homem-Christo's. Daft Punk_sentence_320

The 2014 French drama film Eden includes appearances by two actors who portray Daft Punk at various points in their career. Daft Punk_sentence_321

An hour long documentary named Daft Punk Unchained was televised on 24 June 2015 in France and on 9 February 2016 in the UK. Daft Punk_sentence_322

It uses prexisting Daft Punk footage along with new interviews of their colleagues to document the rise to fame and the lives of the duo and their pioneering influence on the electronic music scene. Daft Punk_sentence_323

The duo was satirized in a 2015 episode of Family Guy. Daft Punk_sentence_324

In the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, two ghosts shaped like both elements of Daft Punk appear in the episode "Puffdora's Box". Daft Punk_sentence_325

Daft Punk was later referenced and parodied by the pigs in The Angry Birds Movie as "Daft Piggy", along with Steve Aoki (as "Steve Aoinki") in the movie. Daft Punk_sentence_326

A medley of Daft Punk songs was played at the 2017 Bastille Day parade by a French military band, in front of French President Emmanuel Macron and his many guests, including U.S. President Donald Trump. Daft Punk_sentence_327

In the DuckTales reboot episode "McMystery at McDuck McManor! Daft Punk_sentence_328

", Dewey Duck adopts the persona of "DJ Daft Duck" and wears a helmet modeled after de Homem-Christo's. Daft Punk_sentence_329

Baicalellia daftpunka, a species of flatworm, was named after Daft Punk because part of the organism resembles a helmet. Daft Punk_sentence_330

Footage of Daft Punk's 2006 performance at the Coachella Festival was featured in the documentary film Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, released on YouTube in April 2020. Daft Punk_sentence_331

In the 2020 animated film Trolls World Tour, Daft Punk's song "One More Time" was featured in a musical number sung by the Techno Troll, King Trollex, voiced by Anthony Ramos. Daft Punk_sentence_332

Discography Daft Punk_section_13

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Studio albums Daft Punk_section_14

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Soundtracks Daft Punk_section_15

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Concert tours Daft Punk_section_16

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Awards and nominations Daft Punk_section_17

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