French electronic music act Daft Punk announces split

Legendary duo announces breakup via YouTube video

Legendary dance duo Daft Punk split on Feb. 22. (Facebook, Daft Punk photo)

Legendary dance duo Daft Punk split on Feb. 22. (Facebook, Daft Punk photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The legendary dance music duo Daft Punk on Monday (Feb. 22) announced it has broken up.

After 28 years together, Daft Punk made the announcement Monday in an eight-minute YouTube video titled "Epilogue," which they also posted on their Facebook page. Kathryn Frazier, their longtime publicist, confirmed the information to BBC but gave no reason for their seemingly sudden decision.

In "Epilogue," excerpted from the 2006 sci-fi film "Electroma" that the duo co-produced, the musicians go their separate ways in a desert, and one of them explodes in the end.

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo founded Daft Punk in Paris in 1993, revolutionizing the style and sound of house music. The release of their 1997 debut album "Homework" is considered to be a landmark event in dance music history.

The duo's robot-like appearance on stage, complete with metal helmets and gloves, has become iconic. However, they intentionally shy away from the spotlight and are rarely seen in public without their costumes.

According to BBC, de Homem-Christo told Rolling Stone magazine: "We're not performers, we're not models. It would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features, but the robots are exciting to people."

The musicians' worldwide success was cemented upon the release of their 2013 track "Get Lucky," featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. The song was in their album "Random Access Memories," which won five Grammy awards in 2014, including the category for album of the year.

Daft Punk has won six Grammies and is famous for such international hits as "One More Time," "Get Lucky," and "Lose Yourself to Dance."

"Epilogue" (YouTube, Daft Punk video)

(YouTube, Daft Punk video)

(YouTube, Daft Punk video)

(YouTube, Daft Punk video)

Updated : 2021-03-03 11:51 GMT+08:00