Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter spent almost three decades performing by each other’s side as the legendary EDM duo Daft Punk. Their decision to split up was recently announced in an 8-minute video that left their fans around the world heartbroken.
Cut from their 2006 film Daft Punk’s Electroma, this video titled “Epilogue” serves as the duo’s farewell. It shows them in a deserted landscape, activating a power pack that starts an explosion that leads to their self-destruction, as they walk in different directions.
The duo’s split has also been confirmed by their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier, but it’s unclear why they decided to take this step at this point in time. The video doesn’t give away any clear clues, and simply references the band’s hiatus with a title card that reads “1993–2021”.
Daft Punk released four studio albums since their formation, cementing their status as the leaders of the French house movement. Their rise to prominence started with their debut album Homework in 1997 and continued well into the mid-2010s.
Daft Punk’s latest album Random Access Memories was actually their biggest success, and it ended up winning several Grammys, including album of the year. They also reached no. 1 in several countries with their mainstream collaborations, including The Weeknd’s “Starboy” and Pharrell Williams’s “Get Lucky”.