After 28 years of performing together, legendary dance duo Daft Punk have called it quits. They announced their split with an 8-minute video titled ‘Epilogue’, which contains excerpts from Daft Punk’s 2006 film Electroma. The duo’s longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier has also confirmed the news to Pitchfork, but gave no reason for the breakup.
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met as students at a Paris secondary school in 1987 and soon began working on music together. They initially formed an indie rock band called Darlin’, but decided to focus on electronic dance music after experimenting with drum machines and synthesizers. Following a series of singles that included their debut outing ‘The New Wave’, ‘Da Funk’, and ‘Homework’, they issued their first full-length album, 1997’s Homework, which became a landmark release in the genre. Having fully integrated their trademark robot outfits into their public appearances, their second album, 2001’s Discovery, was an even greater success, featuring the more pop-leaning singles ‘One More Time’ and ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.
Daft Punk’s last album, Random Access Memories, arrived in 2013 and won Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 2014 Grammys Awards. That same year, they were credited on several tracks from Kanye West’s Yeezus and went on to collaborate with The Weeknd on the 2016 single ‘Starboy’, their first to top the Billboard charts.