The DJs self-destruct.
After nearly three decades of relentless electronic jams, Dft Punk is calling it quits.
French multi-instrumentalists Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homme-Christo – who have taken some credit with the “birth of EDM” – announced their retirement on Monday morning Eight minute video Dubbed “Postscript”, shared on its digital media platforms. The group’s longtime campaigner Catherine Frazier confirmed the split For variety Journalists, decline to provide additional comments.
The video features the pair in a dimly lit desert wearing their signature space helmets, which have concealed their identities for their entire careers, and matching black jackets that have influenced their brand.
They walk for a full two minutes before stopping face to face in silent communication. A member then takes off his jacket to reveal some sort of battery cell, prompting his partner to activate the device before quickly moving away – and exploding.
The footage cuts to a desert sunset – or is it a sunrise? – Their 2013 single “Touch” provides a soundtrack to the end.
The song has been one of Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”, including global chart-topper “Get Lucky”, which features NERD’s Pharrell Williams and funk legend Neil Rodgers – a song that won its Grammy win for Best Album of 2014 achieved. Other high-profile collaborations include Kanye West’s critically acclaimed 2013 record “Yeezus” as well as The Weeknd’s 2016 album “Starboy”, particularly its title track “I Feel It Coming”.
The enigmatic duo, who came together as Duff Punk in 1993, have maintained a remarkably low profile despite their long lifespan and global cult-like fan base. His music has been sampled by many popular mainstream artists including “50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, Will.i.am, Machine Gun Kelly and perhaps most notably Kanye West.”Strong. The versatile cast were tapped to produce a score for Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” in 2010.
According to Variety, it was the group’s fiery performance at Coachella in 2006, which some have dubbed “the birth of EDM”, electronic dance music, thus spawning later syntactic-heavy hitmakers such as Skrillex, David Guetta and Calvin Harris.