The legendary dance duo Daft Punk is riding into the sunset. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo surprisingly decided to go their separate ways, announcing the news via a video titled Epilogue.
The clip shows the two musicians walking in the desert while wearing their characteristic outfits and trademark space helmets. Suddenly, one of them reveals some sort of a console on his body that contains two buttons. The other one pushes one of the buttons and starts walking away until an explosion forces him to turn around.
The scene is then cut to a Memoriam: “1993-2021,” marking the 28 years of the group’s musical activity.
Daft Punk’s breakup was later confirmed by the duo’s longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier, who didn’t reveal details about the reasons for the decision.
Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo formed Daft Punk in 1993 and quickly achieved prominence on the French house scene. The duo released their first album, titled Homework, in 1997. The debut was met with positive reviews after which they started gaining a bigger following outside France.
In the following years, Daft Punk established itself as one of the most influential acts on the world’s music scene. Their combination of house music with funk, techno, rock, disco, and pop was embraced by the audience and loved by the critics.
The duo released four studio albums, with the most recent one, Random Access Memories, releasedt in 2013. They received 12 Grammy Award nominations throughout their career and have six wins, including two for Best Dance/Electronica Album.