DAFT PUNK SPLIT
INDIO, CA – APRIL 29: Daft Punk performs at the Coachella Music Festival on April 29, 2006 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

The dance world is in mourning today after it was confirmed that Daft Punk split after 28 years together. The multiple Grammy award-winning French duo announced their split via an eight-minute video titled, Epilogue.

From Darlin’ to Daft Punk

Originally known as Darlin’, Thomas Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met at a Paris school in 1987 and formed a rock and roll band. Critical response was unkind to the pair and an infamous review dubbed the music “a daft punky thrash.”

Rather than being deterred by the criticism, Bangalter and de Homem-Christo used it as fuel, adopting the Daft Punk moniker and shifting their focus to dance music.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: (L-R) Musicians Pharrell Williams, with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk, perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Before long they had built an avid following throughout Europe, buoyed by the success of their 1995 record, Homework and hit single, Around The World.

Daft Punk Explode

But Daft Punk truly arrived on the world stage with their second album, 2001’s Discovery. The record was a high energy mix that cemented Daft Punk as one of dance music’s most unique acts.

A solid record from start to finish, Discovery became best-known thanks to the lead single, One More Time, the track quickly becoming Daft Punk’s signature tune. Discovery also included Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

It was this track that would help the French pair tap into a new audience when Kanye West appropriated the song and turned it into Stronger, released in 2007. The collaboration with Kanye would continue to pay dividends for Daft Punk, who performed the track at the 2008 Grammy’s alongside West.

Daft Punk would then make a triumphant return to the Grammys in 2014 where they nabbed album of the year for Random Access Memories becoming the first electronic act to win the category.

Daft Punk Split

Random Access Memories would prove to be their final feature-length record before Daft Punk split, though the pair would continue to work together. In 2016 they collaborated with The Weeknd for “Starboy.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: Musicians Thomas Bangalter (L) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)

The song later hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Daft Punk’s first number-one song in the U.S. They then teamed up again with The Weeknd once more for “I Feel It Coming” which served as the duo’s final single.

News of Daft Punk split after 28 years was greeted online with a mix of sadness, humour and appreciation for the band’s career.

Despite some people believing the announcement to be a hoax, Kathryn Frazier, the band’s longtime publicist, confirmed the Daft Punk split to the New York Times.

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