Produced in Paris, France, on February 8, 1974, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo joined with buddy Thomas Bangalter to become iconic dance/electronica duo Daft Punk. Daft Punk had its first U.S. No. 1 record with 2013’s Random Access Memories, headed by the single “Get Lucky.” Guy-Manuel is the great grandson of Portuguese writer Francisco Manuel Homem Cristo (Filho). De Homem-Christo met his friend and future musical partner Thomas Bangalter while the two were eighth grade pupils at Lyce Carnot. Inspired by Italian disco following a class trip to Pompeii, the two shortly made their very first tune together.
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo finally rocked out in the indie band Darlin’. The group’s single, a cover of a Beach Boys tune, was panned in a British review that included a phrase that inspired the name they’d use as dance-based artists—Daft Punk. The duet also set forth an assortment of remixes, Daft Club (2003).
Aesthetically, the Daft Punk duet are understood for hiding their faces with superhero-inspired robot helmets, evoking a “sci fi glam” appearance, as Bangalter said in a 2013 Rolling Stone interview. Both prefer to wear the masks so that more attention could be paid for their work compared to who they’re. De Homem-Christo is certainly the quieter section of the duet, giving vital feedback to Bangalter and having a marvelous ear for sound and air.
In 2005, the duo released the album Human After All, and over two years later lost the live album Lively 2007, which won a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Record. 2005’s variation of “Harder Better Faster Stronger” also won for Best Dance Recording. Daft Punk afterwards made a foray into soundtrack work (including a picture cameo) with the 2010 sequel Tron: Legacy.
2013 became a banner year for the duet together with the launch of Random Access Memories in May. As well as the groovy lead single “Get Lucky,” co-composed by Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, reached the top five on the pop charts. Added members of the musical cast of Memories contain Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, Paul Williams and Giorgio Moroder.