Thomas Bangalter Says He’s “Relieved” Daft Punk Broke Up

If we’d should guess which two questions Daft Punk have in all probability been requested probably the most, we’d go along with: “Why did you break up?” adopted by “Why the robotic helmets?” The French home duo, who known as it known as it quits in February 2021, are famously hardly ever interviewed, however Thomas Bangalter supplied a bit of perception to the internal workings of Daft Punk — and being “relieved” that the period is over — on a latest episode of BBC’s The First Time with Matt Everett podcast.

Bangalter beforehand gave a form of imprecise rationalization for why Daft Punk broke up, saying that “the very last thing I might wish to be, on this planet we dwell in, in 2023, is a robotic.” Talking with host Everett, he dug deeper into his and bandmate Man-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s relationship with their artwork.

“There’s a connection between fiction and actuality, and the whole lot we did was the totally different chapters within the story, and a narrative by definition has a starting, a center and an finish,” Bangalter mentioned. “The query I ask myself greater than ‘why we did finish it?’ [is] ‘how lengthy may it final for therefore lengthy?’

“We had been very essential, me and Man-Man, on the historical past of rock ‘n’ roll – of all these bands that ultimately begin to be disconnected and age, and we didn’t suppose that we may get away with it both. Once we began I used to be 18 and after we ended Daft Punk I used to be 46. It’s been a big a part of my life however I’m relieved an glad to look again on it and say ‘OK, we didn’t mess it up an excessive amount of…’ And I believe it’s really fascinating to have this chance to start out, have the center and to finish it.”

Whereas it’s now inconceivable to think about Daft Punk with out their robotic helmets, Bangalter mentioned that their techy alter-egos had been initially a little bit of an accident. “Oh, it acquired fully out of proportion — [we were] carrying some masks and having enjoyable with a white label, nameless high quality of the rave scene or the underground scene,” he mentioned. “After having performed that for a yr or so across the launch of Homework I actually keep in mind pondering – it could be enjoyable to only have some particular results guys from Hollywood do these robotic personas like in the event that they had been a part of the cantina scene in Star Wars… Ultimately I felt it’s virtually like directing a movie with out cameras.”

Someplace on the market, as Bangalter implied, there’s a multi-generational stash of “rusted” and “deteriorated” helmets of Daft Punk’s previous. Elsewhere within the interview, he additionally mentioned falling in love with Michael Jackson’s Thriller, having his thoughts blown at his very first live performance seeing Bruce Springsteen, his affinity for horror films, and extra. Hearken to it right here.

Again in April, Bangalter launched a solo orchestral album Mythologies. The next month, Daft Punk shared a 10-year anniversary reissue of their remaining album Random Entry Recollections that features 9 previously-unreleased tracks.




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