Skip to main content

Legendary electronic duo Daft Punk have officially split up after 28 years.

They broke the news to fans with a heartbreaking excerpt from their 2006 film Electroma. Fittingly titled "Epilogue," the 8-minute video signals the end of Daft Punk and echoes the melancholia of the conclusion of the most pioneering act in dance music history.

The video shows the duo behind Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, walking through a desert until Bangalter eventually stops walking altogether. He then sheds his Daft Punk jacket and turns around to reveal a power box. Conflicted with switching on the self-destruct sequence, de Homem-Christo finally does and watches Bangalter walk away. 

After 60 short seconds, the robot explodes into smithereens and the screen fades to black with the text, "1993-2021." de Homem-Christo then walks away into the sunset while an angelic choir sings the most memorable lyrics from Daft Punk's 2013 song "Touch." 

It may be a sad day in electronic music, but Daft Punk's legacy will live on. After all, they've brought so much to the genre. 

Their 1997 debut album, Homework, started it all. "Around The World" and "Da Funk," among other fabled tracks, introduced the scene to a disco-inspired sound that would forever change the music industry. But it wasn't until 2001's Discovery that Daft Punk would be crystallized in music lore. The album contains some of the most seminal electronic songs in the genre's history, such as "One More Time," "Digital Love," and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Gryffin (cred Sam Dameshek)

Check Out Gryffin’s EDM.com Festival Hits Playlist Takeover Ahead Of His Sunset Music Festival 2022 Performance

Gryffin is still buzzing off the release of his latest album single "Caught Up” alongside singer and songwriter Olivia O'Brien.

james blake

James Blake's New Album Is Designed To Assist With Building Better Sleep Habits

The album was created by leveraging generative AI music technology.

Tiesto 8.21 (2)

Tiësto Makes His Foray Into NFTs With "All Access Eagle" Launch At EDC Las Vegas

Fans can grab a copy for a limited time through the LGND platform.

From there, they skyrocketed to international renown. A year after the release of their third album, Human After All, the tandem made history with one of the most important musical performances for electronic dance music. They performed at one of the biggest music festivals in the United States, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, shattering boundaries by appearing at a fest that had mostly rock acts on the bill at the time.

Daft Punk Pyramid - Alive 2007 Tour

Daft Punk performing at Coachella in 2006

In 2010 Daft Punk made it to the big screen, working with Disney to create the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy, a score that would become one of their most impactful contributions to the music zeitgeist thanks to blood-pumping tracks like "Derezzed." They even made a cameo in the film as robot DJs in the End of Line Club scene.

In 2013 Daft Punk released their last album, Random Access Memories, which features one of their most popular songs to date, "Get Lucky" with Pharrell Williams and fellow disco music legend Nile Rodgers. The global radio hit garneded them two Grammy Awards. They also went on to collaborate with a handful of elite artists to further solidify their impact on the contemporary music landscape, such as The Weeknd, whose 2016 hits "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming" feature the duo.

Source: Pitchfork

Related

Daft Punk Discovery

Daft Punk Return to Social Media, Spark Comeback Rumors On 1-Year Anniversary of Split

Daft Punk announced a one-time-only livestream of their 1997 "Daftendirektour" concert in Los Angeles, recorded without their iconic helmets.

daft punk

Songs by Daft Punk, ODESZA Among the Most Popular Music to Code to

A new study found that electronic music remains a top genre for coders.

tron-legacy-daft-punk-1

Daft Punk's "Tron: Legacy" Soundtrack Tops Dance/Electronic Charts 11 Years After Release

The release of a new Daft Punk collectible has pushed the duo's album back to the top of the charts.

pjimage (57)

Daft Punk Asked George Michael to be on "Human After All"

According to reports, Daft Punk asked George Michael to join them on their album "Human After All."

daft punk

[WATCH] Nu Deco Ensemble Premieres Symphonic Daft Punk Suite

Daft Punk's iconic hits have been outfitted for the symphony orchestra.

daft punk

You Can Now Experience Daft Punk’s “One More Time” in VR

A fan-created virtual reality program lets users explore the world of Daft Punk’s “One More Time.”

daft punk

Daft Punk to Compose First Film Score Since 2010

Daft Punk will compose Dario Argento’s forthcoming film "Occhiali Neri (Black Glasses)."

tron legacy daft punk

Disney Announces Vinyl Reissue of Daft Punk's Iconic "Tron: Legacy" Soundtrack

Vinyl pressings of the original "TRON" film's soundtrack, scored by legendary composer Wendy Carlos, are also available for pre-order.