Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, left, and Thomas Bangalter of the French duo Daft Punk. Photo: Chad Batka for The New York Times
That was then:
The band signed with Virgin Records in September 1996 and made a deal through which the duo licensed its tracks to the major label through its production company, Daft Trax. Bangalter spoke of the duo’s decision to sign with Virgin:
“Many record companies offered us deals. They came from everywhere, but we decided to wait—partly because we didn’t want to lose control of what we had created. We turned down many record companies. We weren’t interested in the money, so we turned down labels that were looking for more control than we were willing to give up. In reality, we’re more like partners with Virgin.”
With regard to the artistic control and freedom, Bangalter stated:
“We’ve got much more control than money. You can’t get everything. We live in a society where money is what people want, so they can’t get the control. We chose. Control is freedom. People say we’re control freaks, but control is controlling your destiny without controlling other people. We’re not trying to manipulate other people, just controlling what we do ourselves. Controlling what we do is being free. People should stop thinking that an artist that controls what he does is a bad thing. A lot of artists today are just victims, not having control, and they’re not free. And that’s pathetic. If you start being dependent on money, then money has to reach a point to fit your expenses.”
This is now: A house high in the Hollywood Hills, a swimming pool, and a Porsche, among other things. Let’s hope they still can control what they do and be free – and are allowed to keep their Discovery-era helmets.
This article about Daft Punk appeared today in The New York Times.
Daft Punk Gets Human With a New Album
By Simon Reynolds
Published: May 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES — Thomas Bangalter, half of the influential French dance-music act Daft Punk, has a house high in the Hollywood Hills here. He and his musical partner, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, divide their time between Los Angeles and Paris, where their families live. But for all their jet-setting, there’s little evidence of rock star flash to be seen (well, apart from the Porsche that Mr. de Homem-Christo has parked in the driveway). Built in the midcentury style called post and beam, the bungalow exudes a subtle retro feel, with white carpeting, a cross section of a tree trunk as a coffee table, and a gravel fireplace in the living room. The swimming pool, a small square of radiant Hockney blue, is visible through the glass walls.
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