Many helmeted individuals appear in Daft Punk’s latest video, “Get Lucky,” and so it seems any actor could give Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christ a break and act out the electronic duo’s roles from beneath their helmets, for them. But Daft Punk doesn’t play like that.
In a recent interview with French magazine Rock ‘n’ Folk, Daft Punk stated they don’t perform frequently enough to warrant the use of actors playing out their parts on stage, or in videos. Besides, they seem to greatly appreciate the anonymity that comes with the robotic costumes they wear while putting on a show:
It is hard to tell what would’ve happened for us without the anonymity. We have no regrets on that subject. We have a normal life. We met when we were 12. We listened to The Velvet Underground and The Doors. We created those robot personas. We see the next generation appropriating it and it pleases us.
Such anonymity even led to someone trying to sell them tickets to their own show in London, back in 1997, but that obviously has done little to dampen Daft Punk’s desire to act out their robotic parts.
Recently, in promotion of their upcoming album Random Access Memories, out May 20, the duo has been releasing videos in an online series known as The Collaborators, and it features Daft Punk at their helmeted finest. This has included videos with disco legend Giorgio Moroder, American producer Todd Edwards, Nile Rodgers and Panda Bear.
It seems even though the band is overloaded with busy work, they won’t soon be lightening their load by hiring actors to do one of their favorite jobs for them.