Artist of the Week: Daft Punk

From humble Parisian beginnings to revolutionizing EDM. Get to know Daft Punk

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The Beginning
Before they were hanging out with the ranks of Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder, winning Grammy after Grammy, the french electronic duo were just a couple of high schoolers in Paris. They began making music with the band Darlin’ (which also included their friend Laurent Broncowitz who ended up playing guitar for Phoenix), which was a more guitar-driven offering.
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After playing a few shows, Darlin’ was given a negative review in which their style of music was referred to as “daft punky thrash”. Darlin’ soon disbanded with Broncowitz leaving the band. Thomas and Guy-Manuel then formed Daft Punk.

Achievements
Since forming, Daft Punk has had an illustrious career. Their auspicious first album Homework was nominated at all three major awards shows: The Grammys, Brit Awards, and MTV Awards. After the success of Homework the band became very selective of their live performances, despite being sought after. Their legendary 2006 Coachella performance was their first North American show in years and revolutionized live electronic music with an incredible stage show (see video below). In 2007, they won their first Grammy for their 2007 live album, Alive. In 2010 Daft Punk contributed 24 songs to the film Tron: Legacy. Most recently, Daft Punk cleaned up at the 2014 Grammys (see their performance below) winning 4 awards including, Album and Record of the Year.

Discography
Homework (1997)
Discovery (2001)
Human After All (2005)
Random Access Memories (2013)

Videos

Daft Punk at Coachella

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Daft Punk Ft. Strokes singer Julian Casablancas