Paris, Feb 23 (AFP/APP): Have Daft Punk really gone for good? Despite announcing their retirement on Monday, no one should write off the inscrutable pair just yet, say those who have closely followed their career.
“No one’s ever been able to get in their heads. It’s hard to break through those robot helmets,” said Patrice Bardot, author of “Electrorama,” a book on French dance music.
From producing Japanese anime to making their own strange cult film, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have thrown plenty of interesting curve-balls since first taking over dancefloors in the 1990s.
Few believe the robots have permanently left Earth’s orbit. “Stars are something that we see because they are dead. These guys are very much living and will continue their career,” electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre told AFP, adding that he would be “very pleased” to work with them in the future.
The obvious bet is that they will pursue solo music projects. That has been the path for other French house duos. Air’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel have multiple side projects on the go, while an album by Gaspard Auge, one half of Justice, is reportedly on the way.
The Daft Punk pair have already made a few moves in this direction, with Homem-Christo, 47, doing production work for Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sebastien Tellier.
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