• Consists of two French musicians – Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.• The duo met in 1987 while at school in Paris. The two became good friends and formed a band called Darlin’ with Laurent Brancowitz in 1992.• A bad review in Melody Maker dubbed their music ‘a bunch of daft punk’.• The band soon disbanded, leaving Bangalter and de Homem-Christo to form Daft Punk and experiment with drum machines and synthesizers.
• The duo met the directors of a small Scottish techno label called Soma at a giant rave at Eurodisney in 1993.• A year later Daft punk released their debut single, which proved a bit hit with the British music press.• The group became a pioneering force in the techno/house scene, integrating elements of other musical styles such as disco, rock and groove, moving away from the pure house sound which originated in Chicago.
• Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 and recorded ‘Da Funk’, a techno/dance/rock instrumental which catapulted them to the forefront of the international dance scene.• The duo were suddenly in demand, and spent the following year touring Europe.• They were particularly popular on the London dance scene.
• The duo’s fame began to spread beyond the underground rave scene, and they were signed by Virgin records in 1996.• Their hit ‘Musique’ was included on a compilation on Virgin’s techno label, Source.• Daft Punk went on to set up their own label, Daft Trax to control their own productions.
• In 1997, they released their debut album, ‘Homework’. It was distributed in 35 countries and sold over 2 million copies in just a few months.• They released a new single, ‘Around the World’ in April of the same year, which rocketed to the top of the European charts, and also became a huge hit in the American charts.
• Daft Punk went on to release ‘Discovery’ in 2001. After two weeks of sale the album had sold over 1.2 million copies.• In 2004, they released ‘Human After All’ .• The next few years included greatest hits releases, and a mini worldwide tour, attracting crowds of around 35,000.• In 2010, the duo composed the soundtrack for Walt Disney’s Tron, in which they married synthesizers with a symphony orchestra.