Daft Punk is one of the most influential electronic music acts of all time. The duo consists of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They started out as an unsuccessful punk rock band before transitioning into house music in the 90s.
They released their debut album Homework in 1997 to wide critical acclaim and commercial success. The album’s third single Around the World became a hit single in the clubs and helped propel the group to fame.
They are known for their eclectic fusion of funk, pop, techno and disco music which helped shape the sound of French house. Their influence can be heard in the new generation of French electronic musicians; particularly Madeon.
They are also well-known for their distinct visual style which includes the use of their robot personas. They often appear at public events and concerts dressed as robots. This has contributed to their mystique since images of their faces are rare.
Their most commercially successful studio album is their 2013 release Random Access Memories which sold more than 6.7 million copies worldwide. It was particularly successful in Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK.
Random Access Memories won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Get Lucky won Record of the Year in 2014. The duo won three other Grammies that same year.
Notable songs from the duo’s catalog include One More Time, Around the World, Get Lucky, Technologic, Digital Love, Robot Rock and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger which was initially released in 2001 but resurged in 2007 after Kanye West sampled it on his song Stronger.
They topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time in 2016 for the song Starboy which is a collaboration track with Canadian singer The Weeknd.
The duo has been nominated for and won countless awards such as MTV Europe Music Awards, International Dance Music Awards, BRIT Awards, NRJ Music Awards and Austin Film Critics Association to name a few.
Daft Punk is known for their blending of electronic instruments with live elements. They use various live keyboards such as the Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and Clavinet electric pianos. A Gibson EDS-1275 double neck electric guitar is also part of their production arsenal.
The DAWs they use for recording their projects are Pro Tools and Ableton Live.
The Roland Jupiter 6, Yamaha CS-80, Oberheim OB-8, Roland TB-303 and Minimoog Voyager are some of the hardware synths that the group has used to create music over the years.
Spectrasonics Omnisphere and Ableton Operator FM synthesizer are some of Daft Punk’s software synthesizers.
The group uses many effects pedals during both studio and live sets. Some of these pedals include the Boss AW-2 auto guitar wah pedal, Ibanez FC10 Fat Cat distortion pedal, Boss CS-3 compression sustainer, and the Boss CE-5 chorus pedal.
The Neuman u47 FET mic was used for recording kick drums on Random Access Memories. The Shure SM57 and AKG C 451 B were used for recording snare drums. The Royer R-121 microphone was among one of the mics to be used by the group to record guitars.
The Guzausk-Swist GS-3a studio monitors are used for mixing some of Daft Punk’s records.
The Monster Tron T1 Daft Punk headphones are integrated into the group’s helmets for monitoring audio when headphones are required.