End of a Techno Era: Daft Punk’s Sudden Disbandment

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Daft Punk’s founding members in costume

Charles "Logan" Rutledge, Writer and editor

     If you enjoy techno rock, house music, and other various forms of electronic music, it’s likely you’ve at least heard of Daft Punk, a small band that’s made its mark in music history for their unique blend of dance and electronic music. Unfortunately, Daft Punk has disbanded, leaving fans confused as to why. 

     Daft Punk was founded in 1993 in Paris by a pair of ambitious musicians who call themselves Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They have decided to disband this year. The pair have made a name for themselves for almost 20 years, having worked with many other large names in the music industry, as well as influencing many others throughout their career. Their work has earned them many prestigious awards, such as being nominated for album of the year in 2014 with “Random Access Memories,” six Grammy awards, and having composed the soundtrack of Tron: Legacy with Joseph Trapanese, among other various smaller awards and feats.

      Daft Punk recently released their final piece, Epilogue, on February 22, 2021 on their YouTube channel. Epilogue isn’t truly a formal disbandment piece, as much as it now symbolically viewed as being. The video depicts the pair in motorcycle jumpsuits walking in a desert when Bangalter, the member with the chrome helmet, stops. When Guy-Manuel, the gold helmed member, approaches him, he takes off his jacket and turns around to show a countdown timer, which Manuel activates. Bangalter then walks away from Manuel without a word as the 60 second timer counts down to his demise. At the end of the timer, he turns around to look at Manuel one last time before detonating.  The video then transitions to play their song “Touch,” from “Random Access Memories” with Manuel walking towards a sunset in the background, as the years 1993 and 2021 flash on the screen. 

     Currently, other than the release of Epilogue and their publicist Kathryn Frazier confirming the break up, Daft Punk has yet to comment on the reason for their disbanding directly. This news led to a gargantuan spike in Daft Punk sales, with digital album purchases rising by over 2000%.