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Daft Punk, legendary dance pioneers, have split after 28 years

23 February 2021 | 9:12 am | Emma Jones

Legendary French dance duo Daft Punk have confirmed they have split up after nearly 30 years of making music, as confirmed by their publicist.

Legendary dance pioneers Daft Punk have announced they have broken up after 28 years. The robot duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, shared an 8-minute excerpt titled 'Epilogue' from their 2006 film, Electroma, which depicts one of the members being blown up before fading to black with the text "1993-2021" on the screen. When Pitchfork sought clarification from the pair's long time publicist Kathryn Frazier, she confirmed the split but did not provide any comment or reason.

Daft Punk are one of the world's most loved and influential acts in popular music. Their many hits include 'One More Time', 'Around The World' and 'Get Lucky', and the pair have maintained relevance with their innovation, openness to collaboration and embracing of the way dance and electronic music has evolved over the years. Having first formed in 1993, their 1997 album, Homework, is a landmark release for dance and pop music fans everywhere, and their 2001 record Discovery cemented their place as superstars on a global scale.

2005 saw them release Human After All, which included 'Robot Rock' and 'Technologic', and preceded their live album Alive 2007, and the soundtrack album for Tron: Legacy. Twenty years into their career, they captured the hearts and ears of an entirely new generation with their 2013 album Random Access Memories, as well as with their work on Kanye West's Yeezus and with The Weeknd on 'Starboy' and 'I Feel It Coming', as well as Australia's Parcels on 'Overnight'.

Most importantly, they have continued to connect and inspire entire generations with their music. It is not often said with as much truth, but there really is nothing else like Daft Punk. Thank you for everything.

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Watch their Epilogue below:

Words by Emma Jones

Image: Sony Music