Longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the men behind the iconic robot helmets, have broken up and that their recently uploaded eight-minute “Epilogue” video represents their statement on the end of their nearly three-decade collaboration.
Beginning in 1999, the press-shy Parisian producers adopted their mute robot costumes, which they wore religiously for the rest of their careers, and scaled to the heights of dance music with a trademark sound that blended pop, funk, synth-pop, hip-hop, house and techno with indie rock overtones. DP’s final landmark collaboration, “Starboy” with The Weeknd on his 2016 album of the same name, earned the group its first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. They also performed alongside the Canadian superstar on “I Feel It Coming” on the same LP.
Daft Punk has racked up six Grammy Awards since their first nomination in the 1998 ceremony, including the 2014 Grammy Awards for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance for their 2013 collaboration with Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky.” Their final album that became their swan song, 2013’s Random Access Memories, also snagged two Grammy Awards that year for album of the year and best dance/electronica album.
See the stars’ reactions to Daft Punk’s breakup and reflections on the EDM duo’s legacy below.