The Story Behind the GRiZ x Daft Punk Burning Man Set [VIDEO]
GRiZ posted a video from Burning Man that had the dance music community wondering whether Daft Punk just came out of hiding for a surprise set. Captioned "That time i played sax with Daft Punk at burning man...," the video shared by GRiZ already has over 1.2 million views.
The footage captures a clip of Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ playing saxophone to "One More Time" with two mysterious DJs in Daft Punk helmets at the Ego Trip camp Burning Man 2016.
While the rumors continued to fly... after all, it's Burning Man... the real story behind this confusing on-stage moment has finally surfaced.
Tucker Gumber AKA The Festival Guy, a founding member of the Ego Trip camp, told Billboard "When we put the lineup out we just said 'special guest'...once we put 'special guest' on the lineup, after GriZ and before Thomas Jack, everyone wanted to know -- the buzz was already there."
Gumber saw a fake Daft Punk set at Burning Man the previous year and loved the excitement and uncertainty of it all. So after finding authentic-looking helmets on Etsy and tapping Canadian duo The Funk Hunters to be stand-in DJs, he was ready to pull off his own faux Daft Punk stunt.
"This has been Tucker's dream forever and as a massive Daft Punk fan I couldn't think of anything cooler than actually getting to BE daft punk for an hour!" Nick Middleton of The Funk Hunters told Billboard.
Check out their 45-minute set pretending to be Daft Punk below.
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