Daft Punk May Not Be Done Just Yet, They May Just Be Going Solo
On February 22nd of this year, music fans worldwide were greeted with the earth-shattering news that legendary French electronic duo Daft Punk has finally broken up. For casual pop fans, this was a somber moment marking the end of the iconic group responsible for record-breaking hits such as “Get Lucky”.
For true fans of electronica, the breakup marked the end of an era, the death of a group that had created, cultivated, and perfected an entire genre and an entire culture of music. Either way, Daft Punk’s breakup marked a watershed moment in music history.
But both for the nostalgia seekers and for the contemporary audiophiles, there may be light at the end of the EDM tunnel. Daft Punk may be broken up, but they are certainly not done in the music industry, they are just going solo.
In an interview, Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter told Mixmag that he”will be creating a new record label and alias called Roulette which he will use to anonymously release his own material as well as that of producers within his extensive contacts book.” When asked about this project, Bangalter had this to say:
“I wanted to get back to the real,” Bangalter told Mixmag. “The grit and the dirt of underground music made specifically for dark nightclubs and the feeling and atmosphere of the dark nightclubs where that underground music is played.”
“I’m not interested in being in the spotlight and I want to continue the mystery that surrounded Daft Punk. The Roulette label will feature music by myself and my friends who also want to cut club tracks to vinyl quickly and spontaneously. I’ll also be DJing sets made up exclusively of Roulette material in small capacity clubs, which is where it all began for me.”
Bangalter remains committed to the aesthetics of his craft, stating that Roulette must always be italicized. According to him:
“Many artists now spell their names in capital letters, or with the vowels removed. That’s just child’s play. I’m the first one to use italics; it’s a statement of intent.”
As for the second member of Daft Punk, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, his future continues to lie in performance. He will be launching a project aptly named REVISION. Rumors state that this project will even include a new album, revisiting some of Daft Punk’s greatest collaborations, as well as some new sounds including American R&B and even funk. When asked about this new project, Guy Manuel gave the following statement:
“I’ve always played in bands, that’s where my heart lies,” Guy-Man told Mixmag. “I’ve worked with so many great musicians and have vivid ideas of what I want to achieve with the album format, now is the time to bring this vision to life.”
“Now I want to introduce those kids to the other side of my personality, the other side of music. The stuff they can listen to in the days in between weekends. REVISION is the missing half of ‘Homework’, an exploration of music.”
No one is sure exactly when REVISION will be brought to life, as Guy Manuel has only said that it will come “very soon” and that the project” will likely debut at Burning Man.”
While all of this information is, as Mixmag exists, preliminary and not widely verified, there is still a lot to be excited about. For all the influence that Daft Punk had, they are nowhere close to done. Whether they are still performing or moving behind the scenes, Daft Punk will continue to change the music industry as we know it. With both members committed to their craft, and to their aesthetic, the future looks quite bright
Arie Likhtman is a double major in music industry studies and Critical Communication and Media Studies with a minor in philosophy at Butler University. Originally from St.Louis Missouri, he has played music since the age of 4, studying everything from classical piano to ballroom dance to saxophone. He is deeply passionate about all aspects of music from the hot 100 charts to underground indie rock. He hopes to use his voice as a writer to bring new artists to the forefront of the conversation, and to offer new perspectives on music, culture, and society as a whole