Earlier immediately, the band’s publicist confirmed the information after the launch of a farewell video, Epilogue. The information got here as a shock to followers round the world, though the band has not launched any new materials collectively since 2013. But then, they’ve solely produced 4 studio albums throughout the 28 years they’ve been collectively as Daft Punk. Around the time of their debut 1997 album, Homework, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo additionally started to cover their faces.
Even although they’ve appeared in public with masks or helmets since then, there’s one simple method to say them aside – Thomas is notably taller.
They introduced the break up by rereleasing video footage from the 2013 album Random Access Memories the place their helmets are additionally colour-coded – gold for Guy-Manuel and silver for Thomas.
And one different piece of trivia earlier than we look behind the masks: their 2013 smash paid hommage to the funk and dance sounds of the Seventies and Eighties however do you know that Thomas’ father wrote the 1979 European chart topper D.I.S.C.O. by Ottawan?
Daft Punk bandmates Guy and Thomas met in 1987 at secondary college in Paris.
In 1992, they began a short-lived pop-rock trio known as Darlin’ with Laurent Brancowitz. All three performed guitar however they discovered little success.
Thoams later stated: “The rock n’ roll factor we did was fairly common, I feel. It was so temporary, perhaps six months, 4 songs and two gigs and that was it.”
Perhaps the most vital factor to come back out of the expertise was a nasty evaluation from Melody Maker which known as their music “a daft punky thrash.”
Thomas and Guy-Manuel ended the band however saved the inspiration for a brand new title.
They shaped Daft Punk in 1993, exploring a brand new drum-machine and synth sound.
Early singles Da Funk and Alive appeared on 1997 debut album Homework and all through these early years the pair truly toured and carried out with out masks. But after the album’s launch, they not confirmed their faces and retreated from interviews and public appearances.
In the starting, they used perspex masks which distorted their options earlier than shifting on to the full helmets after they reappeared in 2006 on stage at Coachella.
Asked in 2013 about why they at all times wore masks, Daft Punk stated it was impressed by the mythos of superheroes.
Thomas stated: “I bear in mind after I was a child, I’d watch Superman, and I used to be tremendous into the feeling of realizing that Clark Kent is Superman and nobody is aware of.
“We at all times thought as we had been shaping this factor that the fantasy was truly a lot extra thrilling than the thought of being the most well-known particular person in the world.”
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The duo careworn, nonetheless, that they step away from the masks and all they symbolize of their private lives.
Guy-Manuel stated: “We work rather a lot, however we aren’t in the superhero costume…”
And Thomas completed it for him: “Every day.”
They have averted the limelight and interviews all through their careers however have been papped in public often and much more often at official occasions.
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo & Thomas Bangalter.
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Thomas is reported to be the one who talks extra in interviews and has lived barely extra in the public eye, marrying French actress Elodie Bouchez.
The couple have two sons, Tar-Jay and Roxan, and break up their time between Los Angeles and Paris.
Thomas has his personal file label, Roulé, composes music for movies and had a serious hit in 1998, Music Sounds Better with You, with the trio Stardust
Guy-Manuel additionally has his personal label, Crydamour (a play on the French time period ‘Crie d’amour’ or ‘cry of affection’). Very little is understood about his personal life besides that he has two youngsters.