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Why did Daft Punk break up?

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After 28 years together, Daft Punk announced their breakup with a video titled Epilogue, which did not discuss the details nor the reason for the split.

Daft Punk is the legendary Parisian house duo which arguably helped in creating the Parisian unique interpretation of house music. Having formally formed in 1992, the duo released their debut album, Homework in 1997. The album provided singles which would affirm the duo’s musicality and star power, including hit singles, Around The World and Da Funk. Four years later, the duo released their sophomore album, Discovery. The album cemented the duo’s legendary status with hit singles including One More Time and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

In the years that would follow, their subsequent releases only functioned to assert the duo as iconoclasts of the definition of Parisian house music. Subsequent releases included their third studio album, Human After All, which was their live LP, and Tron: Legacy Soundtrack. Moreover, the duo was behind the house culture-defining singles, Get Lucky and Lose Yourself To Dance, which both featured Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Furthermore, both singles were also part of their 2013 hit album, Random Access Memories.

When the duo first began, the founders, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, initially performed without their now signature robot heads. The signature began taking form in 2001, during the promotional campaign for the release of their sophomore album. The robot heads would be the most definitive feature of the duo, a feature which they played on in their breakup video, Epilogue.

In March 2021, the duo took to YouTube and posted an eight-minute excerpt from Electroma. The indication of the duo’s breakup was alluded to by the ending, when it is marked that the duo existed between 1993 and 2021. The team provided the final confirmation with no further word on the reason for the decision. Moreover, considering that the duo does not make public appearances, it’s probable that fans will never know the reason for the breakup.


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