Each week KEXP Documentaries bring you a musical subject in the time it takes to play just one song. For our current series “Electronic Innovators” we have teamed up with Seattle’s Decibel Festival and today’s episode on the legendary French electronic duo Daft Punk airs at 3pm on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole.
Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met when they were kids and as young men formed an indie rock band named Darlin’ in 1992. They recorded a single and got bad press from Melody Maker, who said their song sounded really bad, like “daft punk”. Instead of being discouraged by the review, they took the name for their own. And, influenced by house, funk and disco they used this new identity and released their first (and some say best) album, Homework, in 1997 with club anthems like “Around the World” that took rave music to the top of the pop charts.
Influenced by German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, Daft Punk dresses in robot outfits for shows. For their last tour, they performed from the top of a lighted stage pyramid. The physical character of this music and the interactive nature of the shows, where you as a dancer merge with the crowd to groove-oriented songs, sets the electronic dance music scene apart from other styles.
For more info on the internationally-acclaimed Decibel Festival, coming to multiple venues here in Seattle on September 28 through October 2, visit dbfestival.com.
KEXP Documentaries are created by Michele Myers. This series was co-produced by Decibel Festival‘s Sean Horton. Assistant Producers are John Felthous and Mary Janisch. Lesson Plans are created by Tiffany Grobelski and Michele Myers. Executive Producer is Kevin Cole. If you would like to follow along more closely in the creation of these radio stories, we post research materials, songs and videos on our Facebook page and on Twitter.