Remember that trailer for the new Daft Punk documentary we showed you all the way back in September? Well, that documentary is finally here! “Daft Punk Unchained” premiered last night, December 10th, on Showtime. For those who have not seen it yet, here is a short clip of it, featuring their performance at Coachella 2006, with commentary from ex-manager Pedro Winter and music journalist Michelangelo Matos:
“No one had seen anything like that. No one had seen that level of production,” Matos says. “Everybody who was in the tent was texting everybody else: ‘You are missing this! This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen! You’re missing the greatest performance of all time.'”
The documentary, Mixmag reports, is directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and “charts the history of the French duo, from the early days right up to their success at the Grammy Awards in 2014. Pete Tong and Kanye West are among the others interviewed.” Pharrell Williams and Michel Gondry are also featured.
Rolling Stone recently interviewed Delpierre via email, and he talked about what making the film was like, and his views on how Daft Punk has influenced the world.
“I came to the conclusion that certain groups exist with the desire to sell the maximum amount of records and other groups like Daft Punk seek above all to create, protect their creative capacity to protect their dreams, their original wishes, their view of the world,” he says. “A group like Daft Punk has had a lot of influence on the world of music for 20 years. At the end of it all I’m curious to know what genre of music has been most influenced by them because I believe that it is their artistic position — what we call the freedom to create — which is the most successful aspect to Daft Punk. This example has no limits on genre, style, race or language. This is the best example of the most exciting young artists today.”