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Daft Punk Biography

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Birth Place: Paris, France
Years Active: 1993–present
Genres: House

Daft Punk is an electronic music duo consisting of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born February 8, 1974) and Thomas Bangalter (born January 3, 1975).

Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 1990s house movement in France and were met with continued success in the years following. They have released three studio albums, two live albums, two remix albums, one compilation album, fourteen singles and sixteen music videos.

Paris-born musicians de Homem-Christo and Bangalter met in 1987, as they both attended the same school. Their first release as Daft Punk was the single "The New Wave" in 1994 on the Soma Quality Recordings label. The duo signed with Virgin Records in 1996 and continued to work on tracks for their debut album “Homework,” released in 1997. “Homework” featured singles that had significant impact in the French house and global dance music scenes. This includes the acclaimed “Da Funk” and “Around the World,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts for Hot Dance Music/Club Play. The album itself peaked #150 on the Billboard 200. As a result of sales, “Homework” was certified Gold by the RIAA as of July 11, 2001.

Their second album, “Discovery,” was released in 2001. The album peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom and #44 in the United States. “Discovery” has sold over 2.6 million copies and was certified triple platinum in France (in 2007) for shipments denoting 600,000 copies. Two cult hits were spawned from this album: "One More Time" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." The song "Face to Face" (featuring Todd Edwards) reached #1 on the Billboard Club chart in 2004.

Production was simultaneously underway for “Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem,” an animated film featuring the album as its soundtrack. Daft Punk collaborated with Leiji Matsumoto, who served as visual supervisor. Later in 2001 the duo released the live album “Alive 1997.”

The duo's third studio album, “Human After All,” was released in 2005. The first single "Robot Rock" received moderate attention, reaching #32 in the UK and #15 on the U.S. dance charts. “Human After All” was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Daft Punk subsequently focused on directing music videos for the album. Material shot for an eventually canceled video was reworked and expanded to create the feature film “Daft Punk's Electroma.” The film made its debut screening in 2006.

During the same year, the Daft Punk anthology “Musique Vol. 1 1993–2005” was released. In the summer of 2006 the duo performed a well-received live set, followed by a series of shows that eventually led to a worldwide tour in 2007. A recording from one of the performances was released as the album “Alive 2007.”

The duo created the score and are featured on the soundtrack to the 2010 film “Tron: Legacy.”