Daft Punk decided to formalise their split in a YouTube video this February, after remaining quiet on social media for a lengthy period of time.
Daft Punk took to YouTube on Monday, 22 February 2021, to announce their breakup and share a video titled Epilogue. In the video, the French electronic music duo, formed in 1993 in Paris by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, appears in their signature helmets and spacesuits while walking through a deserted space side-by-side. As the visuals progress, they split down their own individual paths, signifying the disbandment of the ensemble. The video concludes with a time stamp, 1993 – 2021, confirming the end of the duo.
Considered one of the most influential electronic dance groups of the twentieth century, Daft Punk chose not to add any other personal comment, leaving the video with close to 25 million views on YouTube and numerous comments from fans who expressed their disappointment. In a statement to Pitchfork in February 2021, long-time publicist, Kathryn Frazier, confirmed that the duo had parted ways, but did not elaborate on the reason for the split.
Since November 2020, the duo has stopped updating its social media pages, which sparked rumours of a split before the official announcement. Being close to 50 years of age, the two musicians were not actively keeping up with live performances or concerts, and they relied heavily on their past songs. Fans believe that the duo decided to end their career on a high, after a long career as dance music trailblazers.
Daft Punk released their debut album, Homework, in 1997, after gaining traction in the French underground scene since their formation in 1993. Homework solidified the group as dance musicians and spawned hits such as Around The World and Da Funk. They continued to release a string of hits in the early 2000s, with songs such as One More Time and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, with remixes of each song being covered by the new generation of dance DJs and musicians, including Pharrell Williams in Get Lucky.