Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter Reveals Why Duo Ended Iconic Project

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Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter Reveals Why Duo Ended Iconic Project

In a candid interview on BBC Radio 6 Music, Thomas Bangalter, one half of the iconic duo Daft Punk, has shed light on the decision to bring the curtain down on their illustrious musical journey, offering insights into the factors that led to the end of the Daft Punk project in 2021.

Reflecting on the closure of the project, Bangalter revealed a sense of closure and contentment, remarking that it “felt good” to bring the chapter to a close. When probed about the rationale behind their separation, he contemplated, “The question I ask more myself is why we did end it rather than how it could last for so long.”

In a thoughtful analogy, Bangalter likened the trajectory of their career to a captivating television series, acknowledging that every tale eventually reaches its concluding chapter. “It’s a lot like a story or mini saga – sometimes there’s a TV show that has a special place in people’s heart and it keeps that place, and it runs for one, two, three, four, five, sometimes 10 seasons,” he mused. “There’s a moment where it ends and I think it’s actually interesting to have this opportunity to start, have the middle and to end it.”

Addressing the distinctive robotic personas that became synonymous with Daft Punk’s identity, Bangalter revealed the unexpected evolution of their iconic helmets. He shared the genesis of the idea, envisioning “robotic personas like if they were part of the cantina scene in Star Wars or something like that,” devised with the help of special effects artisans from Hollywood. The decision to don the iconic helmets following their debut studio album ‘Homework’ in 1997 was born out of an unconventional idea that snowballed into an integral aspect of their image. “It was a weird idea and neither me nor Guy-Man ever imagined it would end up taking such proportions,” Bangalter confessed.

Bangalter delved into the immersive experience of their musical career, likening it to a directorial endeavor where they could craft their narrative and bend the boundaries between reality and fiction. This artistic freedom allowed them to “blur the line between fiction and reality,” creating a unique platform that was akin to directing a film sans cameras.

Revisiting their humble beginnings, Bangalter recollected the earliest live performance of Daft Punk in Marseille around ’94 – ’95, revealing a candid anecdote about his fellow collaborator Guy-Man. “We were kind of terrified,” he admitted. “Guy-Man was so terrified that he spent almost half of the show hidden under the table.”

The interview provides an intimate glimpse into the inner workings of Daft Punk’s creative journey, offering fans and enthusiasts a deeper understanding of the decisions that shaped their musical legacy. To hear the complete conversation with Thomas Bangalter, tune in to the BBC Radio 6 Music interview, as a window into the past and a testament to the enduring impact of Daft Punk’s artistic vision.


Listen to the full interview with Thomas Bangalter on BBC Radio 6 Music here.


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