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Биография DAFT PUNK
Парижане Тома Бангальтер и Ги-Мануэль де Омем-Кристо познакомились в родном городе в далеком 1987 году. Они стали закадычными друзьями и в 1992 году начали вместе записывать музыку, пригласив еще одного артиста и назвав свой проект Darling. Сложно себе представить, что тогда будущие монстры электроники играли смесь инди-рока и панка, делая каверы на знаменитые композиции других коллективов. Одно из их выступлений в Великобритании местные критики описали как "дурацкий панк" (daft punk), однако музыканты не обиделись на обзор - более того, нашли критическую статью крайне занимательной. Они распустили коллектив Darling и уже вдвоем начали творить электронную музыку в 1993 году. Нетрудно догадаться, что названием новой команды стало Daft Punk. Группа тут же заключила контракт с крупным французским лейблом Soma Quality Recordings и уже в 1994 выпустила свой первый сингл The New Wave. Daft Punk безусловно сумели обратить на себя внимание, и следующий сингл Da Funk имел громкий успех во всем мире. В сентябре 1996 года Daft Punk перешли на студию Virgin Records, а в следующем году был готов их первый альбом Homework.
Инновационное сочетание хауса, техно и электроники, ярко представленное в завораживающей композиции Around The World, сделало диск Homework сенсацией в мире танцевальной музыки. Немалый интерес публики вызвали и экспериментальные видео на песни Daft Punk, а также атмосфера таинственности вокруг внешности обоих музыкантов. Некоторые обвиняли Бангальтера и де Омем-Кристо, появлявшихся везде в масках, в намеренном раздувании интереса к их настоящим лицам - но истинной причиной такого поведения стала застенчивость артистов. Позже их осенила идея надевать костюмы пришельцев на выступления и интервью. Этот имидж идеально сочетался с обработанным на вокодере роботоподобным вокалом, ставшим знаковым элементом в творчестве Daft Punk. В 1999 году дуэт засел в студии за новым альбомом Discovery, который увидел свет в 2001 году. Работа поразила слушателей сильным уклоном в танцевальную музыку 70-х и 80-х годов ХХ века, а также заметным уклоном в синти-поп. Со стремлением к достоверности, свойственный скорее роботам, чем людям, участники Daft Punk использовали раритетное оборудование тех лет для передачи соответствующей атмосферы.
В то время как хиты Face To Face, One More Time, Digital Love и Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger с пластинки Discovery звучали во всех клубах мира, Daft Punk выпустила запись своего живого выступления в Бирмингеме, Великобритания, озаглавленную Alive 1997. В 2003 году музыканты представили публике анимационный фильм Interstella 5555: The 5tory Of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, саундтреком к которому стал альбом Discovery. В 2004 году Daft Punk провели за написанием очередного альбома всего 6 недель. Полный искрометного юмора Human After All был выпущен в марте 2005 года, подарив миру электронные хиты Robot Rock и Technologic. В 2006 году артисты решили подвести итог своей музыкальной деятельности антологией Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005. В том же году на Каннском кинофестивале монстры электроники представили свой первый фильм Electroma. В 2007 году Daft Punk помогли рэперу Канье Весту записать композицию Stronger с альбома Graduation, после чего команда отправилась в музыкальное турне под названием Alive 2007. Это событие исполнители отметили релизом записи Alive 2007,сделанной во время их выступления в Париже и вышедшей через целых десять лет с момента первой концертной записи группы.
Biography in English
The Daft Punk story began back in 1987 when Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo (born in 1974) and Thomas Bangalter (born in 1975), met in the playground of their Paris lycee and became best friends. Thomas Bangalter came from a musical background, his father having been involved in the French disco movement in the 70’s, and it was not long before the pair decided to form their own group with a number of lycee friends. Calling themselves Darlin', the group recorded a debut single in 1992 on the English label Duophonic (which had recently been set up by the Anglo-French techno group Stereolab). The single which sold a mere 1,500 copies proved a hit with the British music press who declared it to be a promising first effort. However, the single did not find favour with all music journalists, one particularly harsh critic dismissing it as "daft punk". (Far from taking offence at this description, the French duo actually found it amusing and they would later rename their new group Daft Punk). While the British music press had given the group’s first single a good write-up, Darlin’ remained practically unknown in their homeland. They performed a number of local gigs, but eventually Thomas and Guy-Manuel began to grow bored of the group’s sound. The turning-point in their musical career came when the pair attended a giant rave held at EuroDisney in 1993. There they met the directors of a small Scottish techno label Soma. Quitting their group of lycee friends, Thomas and Guy-Manuel formed a duo, and started developing their innovative techno/house style. A year after meeting the Soma directors at the rave, the duo released their debut single on the Scottish label under the name Daft Punk. The 2-track CD (featuring "New wave" and "Alive") scored another big hit with the British music press. Daft Punk soon proved to be a pioneering force on the techno/house scene, pushing back the boundaries of the genre to integrate elements of other musical styles such as disco, rock and groove. Moving away from the pure house sound (that had originated in Chicago in the early 80’s) Daft Punk created their own innovative 90’s fusion, mixing a powerful techno beat with musical influences from their adolescence (everything from Jimi Hendrix and The Stooges to Kiss, Television, David Bowie and Talking Heads - without forgetting a good dose of French chanson star Serge Gainsbourg !) Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 95 to record "Da Funk", the techno/dance/rock instrumental which would catapult the duo to the forefront of the international dance scene. The duo were suddenly in demand, and they spent the following year touring Europe’s rave scene where their frenetic DJing drove crowds on the dancefloor wild. Daft Punk proved phenomenally successful on the London dance scene, where they were soon so big that they were invited to support one of their favourite groups The Chemical Brothers. Daft Punk also made a name for themselves among the DJ community with their brilliant remixes of singles by The Chemical Brothers and singer Gabrielle. By this point Daft Punk’s fame had started to spread beyond the underground rave scene and the duo were signed by Richard Branson’s record label Virgin in 1996. Daft Punk’s hit "Musique" was included on a compilation album on Virgin’s techno label Source, which was the first label to release the group’s records in France. Daft Punk went on to set up their own label, Daft Trax, taking control of their own productions. The pair also kept a tight control on their image, appearing in all promotional photographs with masks or balaclavas to protect themselves from the media frenzy unleashed by their sudden popularity. Daft Punk’s single "Da Funk" was re-released on January 13 1997, followed on February 20 by the duo’s debut album "Homework" which was to catapult them to international fame. The group had expressed a desire that the album should be released on vinyl rather than CD, and 50,000 copies were pressed. But "Homework", distributed in 35 countries around the world, sold over 2 millions copies in just a few months and extra stocks had to be hot-footed from the presses to the record shops. Daft Punk’s concept album proved phenomenally successful with young music fans worldwide, the duo's innovative techno fusion transcending national and cultural barriers. Music magazines and the international media hailed Daft Punk as exciting new talents, praising their original sound and raw energy. There was no stopping the French duo’s vertiginous rise to fame now and when Daft Punk’s new single "Around the World" was released on April 11 1997 it rocketed straight to the top of the European charts. What’s more, "Around the World" (greatly influenced by the pre-house 70’s smash "Pop Corn") became a huge hit in the American charts - a rare feat for a French single ! Daft Punk soon proved so successful on the American market that their first single "Da Funk" was even featured on the soundtrack of the Hollywood movie "The Saint" directed by Philip Noyce. Daft Punk have been greatly in demand recently, headlining at countless major musical events including Lollapallooza in America and British festivals such as Tribal Gathering and Glastonbury. From October to December 1997 the duo, still hidden behind their notorious plastic masks, performed an extensive international tour, playing 40 dates worldwide. The highlights of this tour included memorable performances in Paris at L'Elysee-Montmartre (17 October) and Le Zenith (27 November), as well as extremely successful concerts in Los Angeles (16 December) and New York (20 December) where Daft Punk played on stage for a full five hours. By the middle of October 97 Daft Punk's album "Homework" had earnt the duo two gold discs in France. The album also proved a phenomenal success on the international music scene, going gold in England, Ireland, Belgium, Italy and New Zealand and platinum in Canada. Daft Punk were the first French group ever to enjoy success on such a massive scale. While continuing to enjoy huge international success, Daft Punk also proved they were a techno duo with a heart of gold. On 8 December 1997 the group played at the Rex Club in Paris with Motorbass and DJ Cassius, asking fans to bring along a selection of toys. Fans were able to exchange these toys for free tickets on the door and the group then donated the toys to an association in the Paris suburbs caring for children in need. Renowned for guarding their identity and their work closely throughout their career, Daft Punk attacked the French TV channel FR2 at the end of '97 for having used three Daft Punk tracks without their authorisation. The affair proved to be a long and complicated one, taking months to go through the French courts, but Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter finally won their case in the spring of '98. Meanwhile, Daft Punk continued to fly the flag for French electro abroad, winning new fans on dancefloors across Europe and the US. The duo's singles and remixes were eagerly awaited in clubs all the way from Paris to Liverpool and New York. In the summer of '99 Thomas Bangalter branched out on his own for a few months, scoring a huge international hit with his temporary group Stardust. Released on Bangalter's own label, Roule, Stardust's single "Music Sounds Better With You" drove clubbers wild on dancefloors across the world, rocketing to the top of the charts in several different countries. Throughout their career, Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter have always paid close attention to the visual side of their work and in November '99 they put out a pioneering DVD, entitled "D.A.F.T. A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes". The DVD featured five video clips of the duo's work, four of which were made by top international film directors (Spike Jonze, Roman Coppola, Michel Gondry and Seb Janiak). The fifth was made by Daft Punk themselves. Daft Punk rocketed back into the French music news on September 27th 2000 with a brand new single entitled "One More Time". The first new Daft Punk single in two years was hailed as a major event in the electro world. Indeed, "One More Time" was pirated extensively on the Internet on several mp3 sites including Napster and even played on French radio prior to its official release. As planned, the release of the album on the 13th of March 2001 was accompanied by good media coverage. Still unsure of their image, Daft Punk exposed themselves to the world with helmets and gloves on, a cross between science fiction heroes and robots. Called “Discovery”, this CD has a cover very similar to the previous one, the difference being the name Daft Punk is written in raised mercurial script. Unequivocally dance-tunes, the 14 tracks on the album verge on the disco and were heavily influenced by their teenage listening, from Paul McCartney to the Electric Light Orchestra. After two weeks of sales, Virgin declared that “Discovery” had already sold more than 1.3 million copies. In the same vein - ie TV music memorabilia - the duo asked the Japanese Manga master Leiji Matsumoto, inventor of Albator and producer of Candy and Goldorak, to create the video for “One more time”. As attentive of their work as of their marketing, Daft Punk have equipped the CD with a permanently valid card which connects to their website daftclub.com and enables access to unedited tracks. In this way they can bypass the free downloading sites like Napster etc. For them, “music must retain its commercial value” (Source AFP). Added to which, the group is still battling with the SACEM, the “Society for Authors, Composers and Editors of Music”, who have an unofficial monopoly on rights in France. Daft Punk never wanted to subscribe and wanted to manage their rights themselves, which the SACEM refused to accept. Subsequently, the SACEM have refused to pay Daft Punk the rights they have amassed on their behalf since the group started out. To please their fans, on the 2nd of October, the French duo released a single track, recorded live, which lasts 45 minutes and is simply called “Daft Punk alive 1997”. It was in fact recorded in Birmingham, England a few months after the release of “Homework” in 1997. At the end of October, a new single from the album “Discovery” hit the market, called “Harder Better”.
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