EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS AND BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS

Celestially photographed and unmasked in the age of Homework and Discovery

1997

HOMEWORK

2001

DISCOVERY

WHAT'S INSIDE?

The Real Daft Punk embodies the dynamic practices and principles that launched Daft Punk to superstardom presenting the essence and gift of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. A profound reflection of the tidal ebbs and flows of Dance Music intersected with divergent thinking. This book is honest behind the music tales of an exceptional brotherhood and the catalytic sea change fashioned by its comeuppance. Over two exclusive interviews with Daft Punk captured in the age of Homework and the gestation period leading up to and including the release of Discovery, The Real Daft Punk provides vital insight into how the duo achieved unparalleled success without compromising artistic integrity or musical vision

Homework

Exclusive interview

Discovery

Exclusive interview

Photos

80+ exclusive original photos

Pedro Winter

The man with the masterplan

Rico The Wizard

Who is this mystery man?

Da Mongoloids

Who are the members of this special collective?

DJ Sneak

An inside look at his first Birthday Beats featuring special guest Thomas Bangalter

House Music

How the battle between underground and overground was won

Collaborations

Different tempos and styles before Kanye West and The Weeknd

The French Touch

More than Disco loops

Groupies

The grass is always greener on the other side

The Sound

Destroying the old rules

Albums & Singles

Complete Discography

Solo

Complete Roulé & Crydamoure Discography

The Real Daft Punk is much more than the narrative of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo exploding across international markets and opening up the Art Form to legions of new listeners. It is a story that, like its subjects, dismantles archaic unwritten rules of music industry conduct while providing the ideation necessary to lead a successful career as a confident creative with a rich legacy.

THE REAL DAFT PUNK

Book Trailer

The music in the trailer is not Daft Punk.

A look inside The Real Daft Punk

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The Real Daft Punk answering the questions who is Daft Punk? What is their purpose? Where did their unique sound originate? When did they begin to devise different music? Why do they prefer to remain anonymous? And how do they create tracks?


Yin and Yang '97

THOMAS BANGALTER:

Yeah. Well, this is it, but what I say is maybe it’s inevitable to become more or less the thing, to become more or less very famous and the star thing but maybe the logo is more the star. I’m saying where you see the logo everywhere. In New York, there are lots of posters, and here there’s lots of stickers, posters, and stuff, so it’s becoming more or less very, very big. But least as part of the promotional thing, it’s not our face. We don’t want us to be the star. If it is the music gets more and more popular and people love it then eventually Daft Punk, in itself, will be maybe a star thing and then maybe. But not doing the dumb thing and as an ego thing, and maybe we can make things, you know, push the music forward. But this is not something that we want to take personally.

Yin and Yang '97

THOMAS BANGALTER:

Yeah. Well, this is it, but what I say is maybe it’s inevitable to become more or less the thing, to become more or less very famous and the star thing but maybe the logo is more the star. I’m saying where you see the logo everywhere. In New York, there are lots of posters, and here there’s lots of stickers, posters, and stuff, so it’s becoming more or less very, very big. But least as part of the promotional thing, it’s not our face. We don’t want us to be the star. If it is the music gets more and more popular and people love it then eventually Daft Punk, in itself, will be maybe a star thing and then maybe. But not doing the dumb thing and as an ego thing, and maybe we can make things, you know, push the music forward. But this is not something that we want to take personally.

Sneak's Birthday Beats

Thomas Bangalter marked his return to Toronto to participate in the Boomer Brothers Presents DJ Sneak’s Birthday Beats at Industry Nightclub on November 5, 1998. The bill was Kaizer Soze aka DJ Juan, who is Sneak’s brother, King Britt, Junior Sanchez, Thomas Bangalter & DJ Sneak on four decks, and Chicago House legend Derrick Carter closed the night.
The party was discreetly promoted to those in the know and attended by 850. (Multiple sites offer a recording of the evening listing the event as the 1997 Industry DJ set of Daft Punk.)

The next day, Thomas Bangalter flew to Jamaica with Toronto residents Rory Levy (Boomer Brothers), Matt C (Industry), and Gavin Gerbz, and spent four nights on the seven-mile beach of Negril.

GAVIN GERBZ:

We wanted to do something special for Sneak’s birthday. I called Pedro to see if Thomas would be interested in coming over to surprise him. The event was on a Thursday night and had the energy of a Saturday night rager. It was the perfect getaway for Thomas as people were straight up bootlegging “Music Sounds Better With You” all over the world, due to its massive success. Unfortunately, other “friends” in the game were letting him down as well. We decided on a spontaneous four day trip to Jamaica after the surprise birthday party at Industry. Thomas needed to get away from Europe, and we bonded during that Toronto/Jamaica trip. Fast forward to 2007, and Rory Levy extended an invitation to manage and sell merchandise on the Alive 2007 tour. He was the only non-Parisian in the crew.

Thomas Bangalter and DJ Sneak four-turntable set
https://www.mixesdb.com/w/1998_-_DJ_Sneak_@_The_Industry,_Toronto

Future Shock

GUY-MANUEL DE HOMEM-CHRISTO:

Maybe you got more House producers that are digging Hip-Hop and do some downtempo tracks than you have Hip-Hop producers that make House beats. But, at this moment it’s very exciting. OutKast, Neptunes, and Rockwilder especially, who has the electronic sound. In House music, people tend to try different things, but we’re still not making music together. So, the next step is for us to make music with them, or for them to make music for us. Not us, but just House producers. Maybe it already exists, just not on a larger scale.

Secret Society

THOMAS BANGALTER:

You have two kinds of people that are into House music. You have people that are into changing things globally, so it can be to make this music widely accepted. Then you have other people that want to keep it underground and confidential because if it’s confidential people feel more like they’re part of a secret society. Either you’re organising the revolution, then once the revolution is global, you’re selling out. By selling out you’re doing it not for the principal, you’re doing it to make money. The other is if you want to be part of a secret society, then you’re very angry at people. For us, we want music to be shared. Maybe some people want to keep the music for five friends and knowing the new hot stuff. We think differently. Something really good for everybody, to show it to more people because it’s a good feeling. It’s music, and it’s supposed to be bringing people together.

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