Off the radar: Where did Daft Punk go?

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Daft Punk

Remember the Get Lucky epidemic? It is surprising to say that it has been 6.5 years since Daft Punk’s last album Random Access Memories. Even though the band still has 10 millions monthly streams on Spotify, they have been very quiet since May 2013. So where did Daft Punk go?

There aren’t many bands who can pull-off genre changes in all of their records and still achieve tremendous success. But Daft Punk is certainly an exception. The French duo started their career back in 1993. Their first commercial success came with ‘Da Funk’ in 1995 and with their debut album Homework in 1997 which also included another banger track ‘Around the World’. Their french house sound shifted with more funk and disco elements on their second album Discovery and who can forget the animated music videos? In 2005, Daft Punk released their third album Human After All which has more rock and house materials mashed-up. Things were going really well for the band, but they stopped touring after the promotion tour of their second live Alive in 2007.

Signs of Life

Their final album and probably the most well-known, Random Access Memories, was released in 2013. This disco, funk, and pop-influenced album has great collaborations like Pharell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Julian Casablancas. ‘Get Lucky’ was the 4th most streamed song in Spotify in 2013. Fans hoped they would see them live after this massive success but unfortunately, they did not tour. At the time, it was believed that they would only tour RAM if/when they would release a remix version of the album. Howerver, nothing happened and their only live appearance was in 2017 at the Grammy’s for their collaboration with The Weekend. So what happened? Why did they stop touring when they are practically one of the most popular acts of all time? There is not a certain answer to this. They did not make any statements like Coldplay and the impact of touring on the environment. The common belief is that they consider themselves as producers and performing arts are not their forté.

Future Plans

A Daft Punk world tour is actually one of most anticipated events among its fans, who even opened a twitter account solely about the possibility of tour news. Also, over the last decade, more and more DJ performances started to occupy the headliner slot in respectable festivals. So, waiting for Daft Punk to headline in a major music festival like Glastonbury or Sziget is definitely reasonable. Will this finally happen in 2020? We will have to wait and see.

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Full-time music lover. After her first music festival in 2004, she was hooked and has been quite an enthusiastic follower and participant ever since. So far, she has attended Sziget (2 times), Rock Werchter, Rock im Park and countless festivals and concerts in her hometown, Istanbul. In real life, to support herself she works in a web agency and spends her annual leaves on music festivals.