It’s been a few years since Daft Punk broke up, and one of the ‘robots’ has now spoken about why: Thomas Bangalter, and ‘the robots’ was precisely the problem. You see, Thomas has fallen out of love with technology and is now worried about where it’s all going.
He told the BBC: “Daft Punk was a project that blurred the line between reality and fiction with these robot characters… It was a very important point for me and Guy-Manuel to not spoil the narrative while it was happening.” But, “I love technology as a tool [but] I’m somehow terrified of the nature of the relationship between the machines and ourselves. Now the story has ended, it felt interesting to reveal part of the creative process that is very much human-based and not algorithmic of any sort.”
Indeed, “My concerns about the rise of artificial intelligence go beyond its use in music creation… we tried to use these machines to express something extremely moving that a machine cannot feel, but a human can. We were always on the side of humanity and not on the side of technology… As much as I love this character, the last thing I would want to be, in the world we live in, in 2023, is a robot.”
A solo LP is out tomorrow.
All they needed to do was play Glastonbury – THEN they could have retired