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P R E F A C E In this book, I hope you will find everything you always wanted to know about the french iconic robot band also known as Daft Punk. From their start to their pick they reached in 2013.


TABLE OF CONTENT

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THE DAFT PUNK

The French electronic robot band is one of the famous band in the world, however, they never revealed themselves as they want to keep their intimacy. Since almost 20 years, the duo panics the charts, and every time they release an album, the world is going crazy. But who they really are ? Do there is humans behind these masks ?

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THE BEGINNING

Every stories has a beginning and an end, but who is interested of the end of the Daft Punk’s experience ? Discover how they meet each over and how they start to play music together and be who they are today.

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THE RISE

After their first album, Daft Punk started to be famous as they spread their music around the world with live tours. They came back in studio for two new albums that powered them on top of the electronic music world.


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THE PEAK

8 years after their last biggest controverted album, and an incredible world tour ‘Alive 2007’, Daft Punk came back to studio to record their fourth and last album named ‘Get Lucky’ with incredible guest such as the creator of the Scarface soundtrack, the singer of the rock band ‘The Strokes’, Pharrel Williams,

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SIDE PROJECTS

Beside their studio albums and tours, Daft Punk realized a couple of side projects, from the movie Interstella 5555 to the video game DJ Hero and the Soundtrack of the movie Tron : Legacy.

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THE FUTURE

Of what color is the Daft Punk’s future ? As 2013 has been an incredible success for them, and 2014 starts very well thanks to the Grammy Awards, there is no doubt that Daft Punk have an illuminated future.


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THE DAFT PUNK THE MYSTERY OF AN UFO IN THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC LANDSCAPE

The French electronic robot band is one of the famous band in the world, however, they never revealed themselves as they want to keep their intimacy. Since almost 20 years, the duo panics the charts, and every time they release an album, the world is going crazy. But who they really are ? Do there is humans behind these masks ?


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THE BEGINNING A GOOD TIMING AND AN INCREDIBLE CREATIVITY

Every stories has a beginning and an end, but who is interested of the end of the Daft Punk’s experience ? Discover how they meet each over and how they start to play music together and be who they are today.


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HOMEWORK Homework is the debut studio album by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released in January 1997 on Virgin Records. Homework’s success brought worldwide attention to French house music. According to The Village Voice, the album revived house music and departed from the Eurodance formula. The duo produced the tracks without plans to release an album.

“ TO BE FREE, WE HAD TO BE IN CONTROL. TO BE IN CONTROL, WE HAD TO FINANCE WHAT WE WERE DOING OURSELVES. THE MAIN IDEA WAS TO BE FREE. “ After working on projects that were intended to be separate singles over five months, they considered the material good enough for an album. Commercially successful, Homework  appeared in 14 national charts, peaking at number 150 on the United States Billboard 200 and at number 37 on the Australian Albums Chart. By February 2001, the album had sold more than two million copies worldwide and received several gold and platinum certifications. Overall Homework received positive critical response.

The album features singles that had significant impact in the French house and global dance music scenes. These include the US Billboard Hot Dance/ Club Play number-one singles “Da Funk” and “Around the World”, the latter of which reached number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.


“Da Funk” and “Rollin’ & Scratchin’” were released as a single under the Soma label in 1995. The tracks were then utilized by The Chemical Brothers in DJ sets at The Heavenly Social in London. During the same year, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons requested that the duo remix their single “Life Is Sweet” and open for The Chemical Brothers’ tour in the United Kingdom. The ensuing popularity of Daft Punk’s singles led to their signing with Virgin Records in September 1996. Their departure from Soma was noted by Richard Brown of the Glasgow-based label. “We were obviously sad to lose them to Virgin but they had the chance to go big, which they wanted, and it’s not very often that a band has that chance after two singles. We’re happy for them.”

ALBUM NAME HOMEWORK REALEASE DATE JANUARY 1997 VIRGIN RECORDS

RECORDING HISTORY In 1993 Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo presented a demo of electronic music to Stuart Macmillan of Slam at a rave in EuroDisney. The contents of the cassette eventually saw release on the single “The New Wave”, which was released on April 11, 1994 on Slam’s Soma Quality Recordings label. The record also contained the final mix of the track “The New Wave” entitled “Alive”.

Although Virgin held exclusive distribution rights over Daft Punk’s material, the duo remain the owners of their master recordings through the Daft Trax label. Bangalter expressed that “To be free, we had to be in control. To be in control, we had to finance what we were doing ourselves. The main idea was to be free.” Daft Punk discussed their method with Spike Jonze, director of the “Da Funk” music video. He noted that “They were doing everything based on how they wanted to do it. As opposed to, ‘oh we got signed to this record company, we gotta use their plan.’ They wanted to make sure they never had to do anything that would make them feel bummed on making music.Daft Punk worked to record other tracks, including “Revolution 909” and “Around the World”. The album was mixed and recorded in their own studio, Daft House in Paris, France. It was mastered by Nilesh Patel at the London studio The Exchange. Virgin re-released “Da Funk” with the B-side “Musique” in 1996, before the debut of Homework. Bangalter later stated that the B-side “was never intended to be on the album, and in fact, ‘Da Funk’ as a single has sold more units than Homework, so more people own it anyways than they would if it had been on the album. It is basically used to make the single a double-feature.”


STRUCTURE OF THE ALBUM Daft Punk produced the tracks included in Homework without a plan to release an album. Bangalter stated, “It was supposed to be just a load of singles. But we did so many tracks over a period of five months that we realized that we had a good album.” The duo set the order of the tracks to cover the four sides of a two-disc vinyl LP. De Homem-Christo remarked, “There was no intended theme because all the tracks were recorded before we arranged the sequence of the album. The idea was to make the songs better by arranging them the way we did, to make it more even as an album.” The name Homework, Bangalter explained, relates to “the fact that we made the record at home, very cheaply, very quickly, and spontaneously, trying to do cool stuff.”

TRACK 2 “WDPK 83.7 FM” LENGHT : 0:28 TRACK 1 “DAFTENDIREKT” LENGHT : 2:45

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TRACK 4 “DA FUNK” LENGHT : 5:29

TRACK 3 “REVOLUTION 909” LENGHT : 5:27

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TRACK 6 “FRESH” LENGHT : 4:04

TRACK 5 “PHOENIX” LENGHT : 2:45

TRACK 8 “ROLLIN’ & SCRATCHIN’” LENGHT : 7:28

TRACK 7 “AROUND THE WORLD” LENGHT : 7:10


“Daftendirekt” is an excerpt of a live performance recorded at the first I Love Techno party in Ghent, Belgium. It served as the introduction to Daft Punk’s live shows and was used to begin the album. Janet Jacksonsampled “Daftendirekt” on her song “So Much Betta”, which was included in her tenth studio album, Discipline, in 2008. Homework’s following track, “WDPK 83.7 FM”, is a tribute to FM radio in the US. The next song, “Revolution 909” is a reflection on the French government’s stance on dance music. “Revolution 909” is followed by “Da Funk”, which carries elements of funk and acid music. According to Andrew Asch of the Boca Raton News, the song’s composition “relies on a bouncy funk guitar to communicate its message of dumb fun.” Bangalter expressed that “Da Funk”’s theme involved the introduction of a simple, unusual element that becomes acceptable and moving over time. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazinecomplimented the song as “unrelenting”, and Bob Gajarsky of Westnet called it “a beautiful meeting of Chic(circa “Good Times”, sans vocals) and the 90s form of electronica.” The song appeared on the soundtrack for the 1997 film The Saint and was placed at number 18 on Pitchfork Media’s “Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s” list.

TRACK 10 “HIGH FIDELITY” LENGHT : 6:02

TRACK 9 “TEACHES” LENGHT : 2:53

“Phoenix” combines elements of gospel music and house music. The duo considered “Fresh” to be breezy and light with a comical structure. Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine criticized the song, stating that it “doesn’t feel like the beach just because of the lapping waves heard in the background.” The single “Around the World” carries influences of Gershon Kingsley’s hit “Popcorn”. Its music video was directed by the Academy Award-winning French filmmaker Michel Gondry, who compared the track’s bassline to that of “Good Times” by Chic. Chris Power of BBC Music named it “one of the decade’s catchiest singles”. He stated that it was “a perfect example of Daft Punk’s sound at its most accessible: a post-disco boogie bassline, a minimalist sprinkling of synthetic keyboard melody and a single, naggingly insistent hook.” Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine commented that “there is no way you’d want to have a Homework without ‘Around The World’.” The track “Teachers” is a tribute to several of Daft Punk’s house music influences, including future collaborators Romanthony, DJ Sneak and Todd Edwards. The song “Oh Yeah” features DJ Deelat and DJ Crabbe. “Indo Silver Club” features a sample of “Hot Shot” by Karen Young. Prior to its inclusion on Homework, “Indo Silver Club” was released as a single on the Soma Quality Recordings label in two parts. The single lacked an artist credit in the packaging and was thought to have been created by the nonexistent producers

TRACK 12 “OH YEAH” LENGHT : 2:01

TRACK 11 “ROCK ‘N ROLL” LENGHT : 7:34

TRACK 14 “INDO SILVER CLUB” LENGHT : 4:35

TRACK 13 “BURNIN’” LENGHT : 6:54

TRACK 15 “ALIVE” LENGHT : 5:15 TRACK 16 “FUNK AD” LENGHT : 0:51


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THE RISE TWO ALBUMS STUDIO A GIANTIC LIVE TOUR

After their first album, Daft Punk started to be famous as they spread their music around the world with live tours. They came back in studio for two new albums that powered them on top of the electronic music world.


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THE VERY DISCO ERA DISCOVERY IS THE SECOND STUDIO ALBUM BY FRENCH HOUSE DUO DAFT PUNK RELEASED ON 3 MARCH 2001 BY VIRGIN RECORDS. IT MARKS A SHIFT IN THE SOUND FROM CHICAGO HOUSE, WHICH THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY KNOWN FOR, TO DISCO, POST-DISCO, GARAGE HOUSE, AND SYNTHPOP-INSPIRED HOUSE.


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