Paris natives, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, met at Lycee Carnot in Paris in 1987. Taking their name from a Melody Maker reviewer's description of an earlier project fronted by the duo called Darlin', Daft Punk was born in 1994 when they released their debut 'Alive' on Soma Quality Recordings. In 1996 they signed with Virgin and released 'Homework' the following year to critical acclaim and commercial success. Both also started their independent house labels during this time: Bangalter with Roulé and Christo with Crydamoure. Playfully shunning the limelight the pair were often interviewed but their faces concealed in photographs. In September 1999, Daft Punk reinvented themselves as robots, playing the game of the famous 1999 bug: "We did not choose to become robots. There was an accident in our studio. We were working on our sampler, and at exactly 9:09 AM. on September 9, 1999, it exploded. When we regained consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots." This new incarnation was more or less inspired by the persona of Andre Lewis AKA Mandré, an American funk artist from the 1970's who had his face covered with a robot mask. Their second album, 'Discovery', was released in 2001. Its lighter and poppier sound marked a departure from the more orthodox sound of the first album. It featured collaborations from vocalist Romanthony, DJ Todd Edwards and DJ Sneak. In 2003, Daft Punk released their full visual depiction of 'Discovery' with 'Interstella 5555', an anime/manga space opera conceived by Leiji Matsumoto (from the highly popular 1970's anime series 'Albator', 'Space Battleship Yamato' and 'Captain Harlock'). 2005 saw the release of 'Human After All'. The third album release retained their trademark Daft Punk sound, but more Electro oriented. However, criticism was less tender regarding this opus, made in 6 weeks, and builded around musical improvisations. Their movie 'Electroma', inspired by the 'Human After All' experience, was released in France, but projected only a limited number of times. 10 years of cult hits and rarities were released in the anthology 'Musique Vol 1 1993-2005' in April 2006. After the popular 'Alive 2007' tour and the release of 'Electroma' in DVD, the duo is now free of contractual obligations with EMI.
Daft Punk is a multi Grammy Award-winning electronic music duo formed in 1994 in Paris, France, and consisting of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born 8 February 1974) and Thomas Bangalter (born 3 January 1975). The band is considered one of the most successful electronic music collaborations of all time, both in album sales and in critical acclaim. Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 90s house movement in France, along with other artists such as Air, Cassius, and Dimitri from Paris.
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Daft Punk is an electronic music duo consisting of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born February 8, 1974) and Thomas Bangalter (born January 3, 1975). Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 1990s house movement in France and were met with continued success in the years following. After releasing their debut album Homework in 1997, they have had two successive studio albums: Discovery in 2001 and Human After All in 2005.
Daft Punk is also credited with producing songs that were considered essential in the French house scene. They were managed from 1996 to 2008 by Pedro Winter (Busy P), the head of Ed Banger Records.