Born 3rd January 1975, Bangalter makes one half of the
Daft Punk duo specialising in Guitars, Bass, Drums,
Synthesisers, Piano/Keyboards, Programming
A former DJ and member of the rock band “Darlin’” in the
Early 80’s Bangalter brings a more creative and musical
vibe to the electronic duo.
Cited as being the “Tech guy” and the voice of the duo by partner Guy-Manuel, Bangalter has
helped bring his own musical influences into the duo’s unique sound. He is both classically
trained at the piano and highly experienced in producing electronic music.
Along side Daft Punk Bangalter has created and been involved in many collaborative projects
Such as “Together” with DJ Falcon and also “one off” hit collabs including Stardust’s
“The Music Sounds Better With You”.
Bangalter also has a keen interest in movie soundtracks and sounds, he has supplied and
Wrote scores for the movies “Irréversible” and “TRON Legacy”
Born 8th February 1974 Guy-Manuel acts as the other half of
the Daft Punk duo, De Homem Christo provides Synthesizers,
Guitars, Keyboards, Drums and Programming.
Before Daft Punk De Homem Christo wrote and created music
with Bangalter and childhood friend Laurent Brancowitz who
later formed the indie rock trio “Darlin’” up until 1993 after a
critical review claimed them to be “A daft punky thrash”
which later inspired the name for their newly formed duo.
De Homem Christo labels himself more as the “muso” behind Daft Punk as quoted below.
"he's much more of the tech guy than I am. We did everything together. But I have more distance, I'm more
critical of everything we do. We're two halves of one solid combination. There's balance there — completeness
between us, yeah".
Outside of Daft Punk, De Homem Christo also creates and produces music in a group called
“Le Knight Club” and also produces with Crydajam. More recently De Homem Christo worked
along side his partner Bangalter to help write and produce the score to the movie
Guy-Manuel & Thomas met in 1987 during their time in high school, but the two did
not become musically involved with one another until the early 1990’s where the two
would exchange demo tapes and ideas. Two years later Thomas and Guy-Manuel
would form the guitar based band known at the time as “Darlin’” (named after the
famous Beach Boys song) with childhood friend Laurent Brancowitz. (Brancowitz went
On to become a member of the indie-rock band “Phoenix”)
The group disbanded after a year long run after a bad review out of the Melody Maker
magazine claimed “Darlin’” sounded like “A daft punky thrash” but this negative
review would later inspire the name for the duo’s new project.
“The rock n’ roll thing we did was pretty average I think, it was so brief.
Maybe six months, four songs and two gigs, and that was it.”
The “Daft Punk” project took its first steps in 1993 when Bangalter handed a demo tape
Labelled “The New Wave” to the co-founder of Soma Quality Recordings Stuart Macmillan. The
Demo was released under limited quantities and also featured the final mix of “The New Wave”
entitled “Alive” (which would later become their first single from their debut album Homework)
After recruiting manager Pedro Winter and recording their second single “Da Funk” Thomas &
Guy-Manuel where already grabbing media exposure within their local night life scene, In
September 1996 the duo signed to Virgin Records under a heavily compromised deal between
Thomas, Guy-Manuel and Virgin Records regarding licencing and creative control of their music.
The duo settled to licence their works to the label though “Daft Trax” the duo’s pre-established
Bangalter released this statement concerning their “creative control” after signing with Virgin;
“We've got much more control than money. You can't get everything. We live in a society where
money is what people want, so they can't get the control. We chose. Control is freedom.
People say we're control freaks, but control is controlling your destiny without controlling other
people. We're not trying to manipulate other people, just controlling what we do ourselves.
Controlling what we do is being free. People should stop thinking that an artist that controls
what he does is a bad thing. A lot of artists today are just victims, not having control, and they're
not free. And that's pathetic. If you start being dependent on money, then money has to reach a
point to fit your expenses.”
In January 1997, four months after signing with Virgin Records, Thomas & Guy-Manuel released
Their first album under the new name of “Daft Punk” entitled “Homework”
The album consisted of the final mixes of “Da Funk” and “Alive” as well as many other
Unreleased demo’s the duo decided to complete during their four month writing period. And in
Early 1999 came the release of “D.A.F.T – A Story about Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes”
A compolation of the music videos for “Around The World”, “Burnin’”, “Fresh”, “Da Funk” and
The album was well received and was labelled responsible for bringing worldwide attention
to the “french house” genre.
Immediately after completing their 1997 tour (entitled “Alive 1997”, Thomas & Guy-Manuel
went on an indefinite hiatus without leaving any indication regarding the future of Daft Punk.
The duo returned to the public in 1999 with a whole new look and style. To help keep their faces
And identity a secret Thomas and Guy-Manuel chose to start wearing decorative android helmets
complete with lights and real metallic trims.
Two years later and the duo began work on their second album “Discovery” in 1999 which
Gave away to a completely new sound for the duo, a sound which Bangalter states is heavily
Influenced by his and Guy-Manuel’s childhood.
“It’s less of a tribute to the music of 1975 to 1985 as an era and more about focusing on the time when we
were zeo to ten years old. Where you’re a child and you don’t judge or analyze music, you just like it
because you like it. You’re not concerned with whether it’s cool or not. Sometimes you might relate to just
one thing in a song, such as the guitar sound. This is about the true, simple, honest relationship you have
with music when you’re open to your own feelings.”
Thomas Bangalter in an interview about Discovery with Remix Magazine
Daft Punk released “Discovery” in March 2001 after spending 2 years recording, mixing and
Mastering in an unknown studio in Tokyo
The album consisted of the singles “One More Time”, “Digital Love”, “Something About Us”
And “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Along side Discovery also came the release of
“Interstella 5555” an feature length animated movie created by Daft Punk and legendary
Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto. “Interstella 5555” acts as the music video(s) for each track
Soon after the release of Discovery in 2001, Daft Punk went on another hiatus. But on
September 13th 2004 the duo spent six weeks writing and creating new material, some of
Which would be used on their next release “Human After All”
No full statements about the interview were given other than;
“We believe that “Human After All” speaks for itself”
Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem Christo
The statement about the album became more clear when after the release of “Human After All” Daft
Punk refused any and all interviews offered to them, they implied that using forms of media would run
contrary to the album.
Daft Punk released their 3rd album “Human After All” in March 2005 to be met with very mixed
The album consisted of the singles “Human After All”, “Technologic”, “Robot Rock” and “Prime
Time of Your Life”
Many critics claimed the album was repetitive and dry compared to their previous releases.
After the release of “Human After All” the duo embarked on their second tour in
2006 up until late 2007 after which they released a live album entitled “Alive 2007”
As well as releasing “Human After All” and “Alive 2007”, Guy Manuel and Thomas also released
The feature length film “Electroma” which they directed and produced.
After a grueling 2 year tour Daft Punk returned to their hometown of Paris, France in 2008
To write and produce new material, after 11 years together Pedro Winter the duos manager
Stepped down to work on his own independent record label.
The duo received their first Grammy award in 2009 for their live rendition of their single
“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” from the “Alive” album. Later in the year Daft Punk where
also featured in the video game “DJ Hero”, appearing as playable characters and also supplying
their own remixes of “Around The World”, “Robot Rock”, “Television Rules The Nation”
and a 8 minute “megamix” for the game.
It was announced in 2009 that Daft Punk would be supplying a 24 track soundtrack for the
Film “TRON:Legacy”. The duo also composed the score and even made a cameo in the
In 2010 Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De-Homem Christo where awarded the title of
“Chevalier” by the order of France (French equivalent of a Knighthood).
After the success of TRON:Legacy, Thomas & Guy-Manuel when on yet another 4 year hiatus
during which the two had absolutely no contact with the media, during their hiatus the two
continued to write and record material, some of which would soon become the basis for their
On the 26th February 2013 the duo posted photo labeled “Columbia” to their facebook page,
It was later announced that Daft Punk had left Virgin and signed with Sony Music’s Columbia
Records label. Daft Punk also released a 15-second teaser of their next single “Get Lucky” on
the Saturday Night Live show.
In April 2013 Daft Punk revealed that the new album would include collaborations with;
-Jason Beck (a.k.a Chilly Gonzales)
-Noah Lennox (a.k.a Panda Bear)
7 Years after the release of “Human After All” Daft Punk released their newest album entitled
“Random Access Memories” on 17th May 2013.
Recorded though out 2008 all the way up to 2012 in five different studios, the duo decided to
record live instrumentation as apposed to their older albums which were heavy in synthesizers,
Samples and other programmed instruments, also the use of 70’s-80’s analog recording
Equipment (such as microphones, mixing desks, monitors and other units) where used to achieve
What collaborator Todd Edwards called “The “West Cost” vibe of the 70’s”
The album was met with mass critical acclaim as of the day of its release, and has gone to
Number one in over 20 countries.
Daft Punk’s debut album “Homework” was at the time considered the
peak of the “French House” genre Daft Punk’s hit “Around the World”
reached mass critical acclaim, known for its heavy 4-to-the-floor drums,
melodic bass line and repetitive vocal loop.
Four years after the release of Homework, Thomas & Guy-Manuel not only decided
to take a change of appearance but also more funky spin on “synthpop” which came
as a surprise for their fans
With a “Supertramp” esque vibe, Daft Punk released the singles “One More Time”,
“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and the hit “Digital Love”
After another four year disappearance, Daft Punk released
their 3rdalbum “Human After All” which took a somewhat
darker tone than the previous albums.
Songs such as “Prime Time of Your Life”, “Human After
All”and “Technologic” give of a more modern EDM vibe from
Most recently, Daft Punk have collaboratedwith the likes of Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams,
Paul Williams and Giorgio Morder to write andcreate their new album “Random Access
“Random Access Memories” takes a lot of their “electronic” roots away, with live
instrumentation recordings and the utilizing of older recording equipment and techniques.
The album features the single “Get Lucky”as well as “Lose Yourself To Dance”, “Give Life
Back To Music” and “Fragments of Time”