The debut album from Daft Punk, “Homework” was released with vast amounts of hype generated from years of success with just a small demo worth of singles. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the men behind the masks, gave their demo to DJ Stuart Macmillan while at a rave in EuroDisney in ‘93. Thanks to the connection, Daft Punk’s cassette landed on the radio and caught on like an electrical fire over the next year. In ‘95, they put out "Da Funk" and "Rollin' & Scratchin," which only fueled the fire more with a label bidding war for the rights to release “Homework” following. By its release in 97, “Homework” was an instant sensation amongst European house clubs. Critics worldwide also praised the album, making it a seminal release for French house music.
The French robot duo Daft Punk ruled the world of electronic music and brought it to the mainstream. Defined by their pop melodies sampling classic disco, funk and rock songs, Daft Punk set themselves apart from the house scenes of Europe with warm, fuzzy production and intricate live visuals. Although clubs and fans adored the group from the beginning, critics largely dismissed the group as mindless, joyless party music. But in the later half of their career, critics would change their tune with hindsight as the music Daft Punk created ten years prior took hold of the industry. They would inspire artists like Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, deadmau5, The Weeknd and LCD Soundsystem. They officially announced their break up in February 2021 with an 8-min epic music video called “Epilogue.”