MUSIC: Random Access Memories of Daft Punk (Unmasked)
BEFORE THEY WENT STELLAR
The crew across the pond at DJhistory.com dusted off two Daft Punk articles from a time when they had yet to “masquerade as extras from a sci-fi film, when they were just two French kids with a nonchalant look in their eyes …”
I’ll admit being hyped to see where the fledgling producers’ heads were at soon after release of their 1997 début Homework. They’d met at school in Paris in 1987. Thankfully, Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter already knew who they were long before anyone else.
‘DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HIDE FROM STARDOM?’
A few excerpts from writer Matthew Collin’s piece totally hints at their awesomeness back then:
” … This new music, dance music, has started to become a huge thing all over the world, but it has a completely underground background,” Bangalter says in the interview. “This background is very important. Some people see The Prodigy, the Chemical Brothers, Future Sound Of London, maybe us, as something completely new, but it’s nothing that didn’t exist before. That’s maybe the way America sees dance music sometimes, as a new thing. Then you have to tell them that before us you had Frankie Knuckles or Juan Atkins and so on.”
Continuing: “Because we are Daft Punk and we don’t need to show our faces to get on a magazine cover or sell shitloads of records. Because we remember Juan Atkins and Frankie Knuckles and all the greats who went before us and didn’t get the respect, the money or the magazine covers. Because, like them, we’re ordinary boys who happen to make thrilling tunes; characters thrown up by a culture where it’s the track’s impact on the dancefloor that counts, not the artist’s image. Can we hide from stardom? We already have.”
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