Daft Punk, the legendary electronic music duo comprising Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, announced their split in 2021 after 28 years of groundbreaking music.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Bangalter revealed that their fears over artificial intelligence (AI) beyond its use in music creation played a role in their decision to part ways.
Bangalter explained that, as Daft Punk, they always tried to use machines to express something that only humans can feel. They were on the side of humanity, not on the side of technology.
“As much as I love this character, the last thing I would want to be, in the world we live in, in 2023, is a robot,” he said.
Daft Punk was not just a music project but a narrative that blurred the line between reality and fiction. To keep the mystery alive, they wore android helmets that became their trademark.
“It was a very important point for me and Guy-Manuel to not spoil the narrative while it was happening,” Bangalter said.
Their split was announced in a dramatic video titled ‘Epilogue,’ where the duo was seen wearing their signature helmets and leather jackets. In the video, one of the members reveals an energy pack on their back, and the other touches a button, leading to a massive explosion. The scene cuts to an image captioned “1993-2021” before transitioning to a setting sun.
Daft Punk’s last album, ‘Random Access Memories,’ released in 2013, was a commercial and critical success. The album won several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Engineered Album.
Daft Punk’s split was a significant loss to the music industry, and their contribution to electronic music will be remembered for years to come. Their concerns over AI beyond its use in music creation highlight the potential risks of AI and the importance of prioritizing humanity over technology.
Their mysterious narrative and iconic helmets added to the allure of their music and will be missed by fans worldwide.