Daft Punk’s 30 years of electronic dance music are over


After nearly 30 years together, Daft Punk is calling it quits.

The popular French music duo known as Daft Punk have broken up after nearly 30 years of making their famous electronic dance music together. The duo consisted of Thomas Bangalter and Guillaume Emmanuel “Guy-Manuel” de Homem-Christo, who recently announced their split to the public. 

Daft Punk revealed their break up through a YouTube video, which quickly caught the attention of many fans and made its way onto the trending page. The video, titled “Epilogue,” was slightly less than eight minutes long, and it showed the two men wearing jackets with their band name on them as well as their iconic silver and gold helmets. One of them turned their back to show a switch and had the other one press it, which started a timer. He walks away from his band mate and when the timer finally ends, he explodes, signifying the end of the musical group.

Many of the responses in the comments section of the video were fans expressing their gratitude for the duo as well as their sadness for the end of Daft Punk. Several of the commenters wrote about how much they appreciate them for their years of hard work and dedication to their craft. 

Daft Punk has made many songs over the years including some collaborations with other notable musicians such as The Weeknd, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and many others. They have had incredible hit songs such as “Get Lucky,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” and “One More Time.” 

Billboard Magazine’s Kate Bein writes on the Daft Punk song “Face to Face,” “Just wow. How could you not love this song? All those samples cut up and mashed together to create this awesome, chunky melody. Much of this song’s signature style is thanks to Todd Edwards, the American house producer Daft Punk credits as one of its biggest influences. He co-produces and sings on this Discovery favorite, and c’mon. These lyrics? This is what great songwriting is made of.” 

The Weeknd released two different songs with Daft Punk, “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming,” both released in 2016. Both of the songs charted very well, hitting the number 1 and 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. “Starboy” was Daft Punk’s very first song to reach number 1 in the U.S., which was an incredible accomplishment for the duo. 

“Those guys are one of the reasons I make music, so I can’t even compare them to other people. Their branding and how seriously they take their craft and image and everything — they’re almost not even real,” The Weeknd told Variety Magazine. “seriously, they’re very strategic, they’re very smart, and they don’t attach themselves to anything they feel isn’t right.” 

All in all, Daft Punk spent almost the last three decades creating and releasing their electronic music for millions of people around the world to enjoy. It is sad to see them go their own separate ways, but we will always have their songs to go back and listen to.