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Daft Punk

Das Telefon von Intro-Autor Arno Raffeiner klingelte und dran war Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, eine Hälfte der französischen Elektro-Pop-Pioniere Daft Punk.
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Das Telefon von Intro-Autor Arno Raffeiner klingelte und dran war Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, eine Hälfte der französischen Elektro-Pop-Pioniere Daft Punk. Die steckten mitten in den Vorbereitungen zu ihrer ersten Tour seit 9 Jahren. Ein Grund mehr, nicht einfach wieder aufzulegen sondern die Gunst der Stunde für ein exklusives Interview zu nutzen. So heiß, sogar noch auf englisch.

Daft Punk haven't been doing live-shows for nine years, in June you'll be playing your first concert in Paris in ten years. After all these years, why did you decide to go back on stage again?
Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo: We would have liked to go back on stage before, but we thought that it was not the right time, mainly because of technical reasons. We made our first album 'Homework' [1997] and went on tour with a live show, that we were really happy with. But when we made the second album 'Discovery' [2001], we had problems with going out and doing a live show with it, because the album is much more complex, it's full of instruments, full of many different parts, and it would have been really hard for us to manage to translate it on stage. So at the time technology, computers and software, were not able to make us happy with the result. But now we're working with other software and other computers that made it possible to blend together all the albums we've done so far. We're bringing to the people the music of all the albums that we made, everything is there. And we're really happy with the result now.

So the shows are going to be like a best of Daft Punk?
Yeah, maybe. It could be called best of, but a best of would be just a compilation of one song, then another song, and yet another song. What we're trying to do is play around with all the music, that we made, in many directions, and plus there are some new parts, some new music mixed together. So it's not just a Best of, it's more like an improved best of. It's more complex and to me it's much better than a best of.

What can people expect at your shows? Maybe even guitars, real drums, or fireworks?
It's more computer based, we're basically messing around with our computers and drum machines and stuff like that. We're in a huge pyramid and deliver the music from there. It's true, in the 'Robot Rock' video from our last album, that we directed ourselves, we act with guitars. But we don't bring the guitars on stage for the live shows this summer.

You're famous for always wearing your robot masks. Did you ever think about letting robots do the whole show for you and sneak yourselves into the audience, like Kraftwerk used to do?
We're really big fans of Kraftwerk and everything they do. Maybe they are more extreme than us, because they've done shows, where they were not even on stage and put some robots there instead of them, which we don't. With Daft Punk it's more: We are the living robots doing the show. Maybe it's similar, but I don't say that we do as good as Kraftwerk do, because to me, musically and visually, they are really really great. So I wouldn't compare us to them, they're just too great.

Would you like it if robots were to take over the world?
I think they have already started. Maybe they're not controlling everything, but the more technology advances, the more every human being is really linked to technology, and it gets really part of our lives. So I'm not sure if the robots decide for us, but they're on their way to.

There are also other signs of the robotic takeover: Right now, everybody is claiming that they are the new Daft Punk - or at least the press is saying so: Justice are the new Daft Punk, Digitalism are the new Daft Punk and so on. What do you think about that?
You know, when we started with Daft Punk about ten years ago, people were saying that we were the new Chemical Brothers. I think time has proved, that we are Daft Punk - and not the new Chemical Brothers. So I'd say that Justice and Digitalism are Justice and Digitalism. When we started Daft Punk, it was something really new and had some impact, so maybe we had an influence on the guys from Digitalism or Justice and on what they do now, seen that they were kids at the time. But to me their music is really not the same and it is really different from one to another. Maybe it's flattering for them and for us, because Justice and Digitalism make good music. And I think maybe Justice and Digitalism also like what we do, so it's all good for everybody. But I don't know about "the new Daft Punk". I think they're just them.But would you agree that there's something like a nouvelle vague of the "French Touch" sound, with all the fresh and hot labels and artists coming from France?
Yeah, about ten years ago, there was the thing the press called the "French Touch", and there were some good bands that came out of France. Since then there's always been some good stuff, but maybe it's true that now it's more like a cycle, a new generation of people that are between five and ten years younger than we are. And this new generation is bringing some really good music. Justice are making some great stuff, we really like SebastiAn, who's supporting some of our shows together with Kavinsky, a guy who is on the Record Makers label and who's doing some great stuff, too. So there's a bunch of people that are making really great music and we like what they do. To me, all these artists make really top quality music. I think the level of producing music is getting better and better. So it's all good.

Daft Punk are among the biggest pop stars to have come out of electronic music and dance music. But you achieved that by never ever showing your faces. Do you think that's the best way to be an electronic pop star: by hiding one's identity, by pretending to be a machine?
I don't know if we are big pop stars in electronic music. Maybe, I don't know. Yeah, I think we are well-known, but we never wanted to be big pop stars anyway. So that was just our way to do stuff. Maybe what we decided first, was not to become pop stars. And if Daft Punk became pop stars anyway - I don't know, you tell me -, then it's the robots, it's not us. That's our way to do it. We're really happy with the way things are since we became robots. We're happy with the appearance of the robots, and it's more creative to bring these robots to the people than just to bring ourselves. The robots are really more creative and interesting than we are as people. So it's fine like that.

Interview: Arno Raffeiner

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