Daft Punk is Thomas Bangalter (born January 3, 1975) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born February 8, 1974). The duo started out as a rock band, Darlin', with their friend Laurent Brancowitz however, Laurent Brancowitz left the group for his brother's band, Phoenix, and Thomas and Guy-Manuel formed Daft Punk.
The band quickly built buzz in the electronic music scene with a series of killer 12" singles, starting with the banging techno of "Alive" on seminal Scottish techno label Soma. Meanwhile, "Da Funk" revealed another side of the band, looping an addictive guitar sample over lo-fi beats. "Musique" on the other hand offered warped disco funk, similar to the sound the duo would explore on their critically acclaimed debut album Homework in 1997.
The band quickly built buzz in the electronic music scene with a series of killer 12" singles, starting with the banging techno of "Alive."
Homework was a big hit in electronic music circles, and quickly gained currency beyond them too, with "Da Funk" and new single "Around the World" scoring inventive Spike Jonze-directed music videos. 2001 release Discovery was even more successful, introducing a slightly more song-based, almost MOR-rock influence sound. Third album Human After All returned to the banging house of their roots, however. Following a successful tour, the duo worked with Disney and a live symphony orchestra to compose the score of the film Tron: Legacy.