It's time to revisit our electronic music roots. I was barely a teenager when Daft Punk came out with their first single “Da Funk” in 1995, and it definitely triggered my passion for electronic music. The instrumental song was released in 1997 as part of their first album Homework, which became their first huge commercial hit in France and throughout Europe. “Da Funk” put the duo on the map and brought worldwide attention to French progressive house music.
The duo consists of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, who decided not to appear in their videos to keep their identities secret and let the music speak for itself. And people listened. 17 years later, the tradition is still on and Daft Punk’s faces are still unknown to the public.
Today Daft Punk is considered a legendary inspiration for current and future artists not just because of their music, but also their videos and elaborative live shows (mask-wearing DJs anyone?). As for the “Da Funk” video, showing a man-dog limping around New York with a boom box, no need to try to interpret it. “There’s really no message,” Bangalter said in an interview. So now you know.