Is Daft Punk really gone forever? Despite announcing his retirement on Monday, no one should rule out the inscrutable pair for now, say those who have closely followed his career.
“No one has been able to get into their heads. It’s hard to break those robot helmets, ”said Patrice Bardot, author of“ Electrorama, ”a book on French dance music.
From producing Japanese anime to making their own weird cult movie, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have thrown plenty of interesting curveballs since taking over the dance floors in the 1990s.
Few believe that robots have permanently left Earth’s orbit.
Stars are something we see because they are dead. These guys are very much alive and will continue their careers, “electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre told AFP, adding that he would be” very happy “to work with them in the future.
The obvious bet is that solo musical projects will follow.
That has been the way for other French house duos. Air’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel have several side projects going on, while a Gaspard Auge album, Half of Justice, is on the way.
The Daft Punk couple have already made some moves in this direction, with Homem-Christo, 47, doing production work for Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sebastien Tellier.
The 46-year-old Bangalter has retired French director Gaspar Noe’s soundtrack assignments, including his controversial film “Irreversible.”
As a duo, they worked on various film soundtracks, including a 2010 Tron remake and were tentatively linked to an upcoming film by Italian director Dario Argento.
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They would also like to be behind the camera.
The eight-minute clip that announced his retirement on Monday was removed from his 2006 film “Electroma.”
It wasn’t exactly a huge success, but the pair have never shown much concern about meeting public expectations, and having traded millions of albums over the years, they face few limitations.
“They will be drawn to projects where they will have a lot of independence, since they don’t exactly need the money,” Bardot said.
“They have a tendency to show up where you least expect them,” he added.
Whatever happens, they are highly unlikely to give up on their very cautious approach to fame.
“I don’t see any of them becoming a judge on The Voice anytime soon,” joked Yves Bigot, who co-wrote a book about the duo, “Daft Punk, Incognito.”
“Guy-Manuel is a shy guy, he is the one who speaks the least in interviews. And it’s not like Thomas is about to become the next David Guetta, ”he added.
Bigot couldn’t help but give the endless Daft Punk buzz a little grind: “Nothing will stop you from reforming later. There are many examples of that in music. “