Thomas Bangalter was born in Paris, France, in 1975. He joined with close pal Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo 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.”
He met his buddy and future musical partner Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo while the two were eighth grade pupils at Lyce Carnot. Inspired by Italian disco following a class trip to Pompeii, the two soon made their very first song 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.
They followed up four years after with 2001’s Discover, which many consider another seminal record, filled with advanced sampling work featuring the joyous “One More Time” as well as the bouncy, whimsical “Digital Love.” The duet also set forth an assortment of remixes, Daft Club (2003).
In between his Daft Punk responsibilities, Bangalter had also founded his own label, Roul, so when the act Stardust released the 1998 single “Music Sounds Better With You,” another opus of nightclub-flooring exuberance. He scored the contentious 2003 movie Irreversible at the same time.
Aesthetically, the Daft Punk duo are known for hiding their faces with superhero-inspired robot helmets, evoking a “sci fi glam” appearance, as Bangalter said in a 2013 Rolling Stone interview.
In 2005, the duo released the album Human After All, and much more than two years after dropped the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Record. Its 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. Added members of the musical cast of Memories contain Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, Paul Williams and Giorgio Moroder.