Daft Punk Mania: Inside The ‘Random Access Memories’ Hype Machine
It all started with Nile Rodgers.
The legendary producer and guitarist, who was a founding member of influential ‘70s disco band Chic, wrote a blog post back in January in which he casually mentioned he’d worked on new Daft Punk music.
“The next time I set foot in Japan, my collaboration with Daft Punk would have started to hit people’s eardrums,” he wrote on Walking on Planet C, a blog detailing Rodgers’ successful bout against cancer.
Not long after that blog post, reports began circulating that Daft Punk had signed a new record deal with Columbia. In February, the deal was confirmed when the French dance duo released a single image depicting the iconic robot helmets of members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo fused into one. Set on a black background with the Columbia Records logo discreetly in the corner, that image would go on to ignite a firestorm of rumors and misinformation that continue to rage around the revered band.
For the uninitiated, the current hysteria surrounding Daft Punk can seem baffling. But for fans of the long-time electronic music heroes (the band’s first album, Homework, debuted in 1997), it’s the culmination of more than 15 years of music multiplied by their now-legendary appearance at Coachella 2006 (below).