An Idiots Guide to Daft Punk … Aka, The Robots From The 2014 Grammy Awards
So, a lot of you watched the Grammy Awards a couple days ago, and I am sure a lot of you (like my parents) were asking yourself, “Who the hell is Daft Punk? And why are they dressed like robots?”
You see, during and after the Grammys, there was confusion all over my Facebook feed over two things mainly:
- What the heck is Daft Punk?
- Is Lorde human?
Fortunately, yours truly has been a Daft Punk fan for many years now, and their album Random Access Memories, the album that won all the Grammys this year, is the album I have been listening to at the gym for the past 3-4 months. (Those who follow me on Twitter @kyrustweet should already be well aware of my Daft Punk obsession). So I decided to briefly explain who Daft Punk is, why they are the way they are, and explain why you have definitely heard a lot of their music before and didn’t even realize it.
WHAT THE HELL IS DAFT PUNK?
Okay, unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for all of the 2013, I am sure that you are familiar with Daft Punk’s summer anthem – “Get Lucky”.
I should let you know right off the bat that Daft Punk ALWAYS wears helmets, they rarely do interviews, and they rarely perform their music on broadcast television.
Alright … so Daft Punk is an electronic music duo from France who have been making music since the early 1990s. As I mentioned before, even if you haven’t heard of them, you’ve probably heard of their music. In addition to providing the entire score for the recent movie Tron: Legacy, here are some of their hits that you may be familiar with:
“One More Time”
“Around the World”
“Technologic” was sampled in Busta Rhymes’ hit song… “Touch It”…
“Harder Better Faster Stronger”
“Harder Better Faster Stronger” inspired the popular Kanye West song “Stronger”…
WHY DO THEY WEAR HELMETS?
The wearing of helmets is more of a gimmick or a schtick. They wanted to distance themselves from their music while adding a mythical feel to it. They have a whole theory about the separation of fiction and reality. As a result, they’ve worn those helmets for many years and are even more anonymous is real life.
Here’s a great quote from a recent interview Daft Punk did with The Rolling Stone about their helmets:
We want to keep the idea of mystery alive at a time when it seems to be in historically short supply.
ARE THE REALLY ROBOTS?
No. They are very human people. Here’s what they look like without their masks at a party last year playing wine pong (yes … beer pong with wine):
CLICK HERE if you want to see what they look like without their helmets.
Their real names are Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangaltar. Despite what people were hoping, they are not Scott Stapp from Creed and Chad Kroeger from Nickleback … though that’d be kinda funny.
IF DAFT PUNK HAS BEEN AROUND SO LONG, WHY HAVE THEY BEEN IGNORED MY THE MAINSTREAM MUSIC SCENE FOR SO LONG?
That’s a very good question. I remember being obsessed with Daft Punk back in high school and not knowing why more people haven’t heard of them. Truth is, Daft Punk has scored a handful of Grammy noms before, but didn’t win a Grammy until 2009 for an album that was made in 2007.
Okay, so I hope that answered your Daft Punk questions! If you have any more questions regarding Daft Punk, feel free to e-mail, text, or message me … I’d be glad to answer them!