Daft Punk

A look back at Daft Punk performing without their iconic robot helmets: Watch

Turning back time, and in fact digging rare footage from the early 90s, it was at that moment in time that Daft Punk were emerging into the dance scene, and in turn, performing at shows without the iconic robot helmets that came to be from 1999 and onwards. A truly rare sight, only true industry veterans had the privilege of witnessing the iconic duo at their early stages, making these videos a must-watch.

Creating a lasting legacy within the dance scene, or in any environment for that matter, is no easy task, however; if there is an act that their name is a synonym to just that, is no other than Daft Punk. The iconic duo¬†commenced their rise towards stardom back in 1993 and never looked back, generating a career in music that has helped define generation after generation. Taking a look back into the past, the masked duo didn’t always cover their faces, with a rare few videos still surfacing online from the time that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter performed at events in the early 90’s without any masks on.

Creating, or for a matter of fact, hiding their identity from 1999 and onwards, Daft Punk ensured that the sole focus of what they had to offer was placed upon their music and not themselves, with de Homem-Christo also revealing during a Rolling Stone interview that; “We’re not performers, we’re not models – it would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features… But the robots are exciting to people.” A truly unique outlook on both music and life in the broader context, Daft Punk looked at various alternatives when coming to a decision of hiding their faces, as black bags over their heads and halloween masks came to discusion, before eventually settling for the robot helmet’s that we all know and love.

Diving deep into the golden era of electronic music, it is more than evident that the industry has evolved since the time that Daft Punk were performing without any masks, making their true identity during shows a rare sight for most of us, as only the true industry veterans were able to witness the eventual pioneers of our scene at their early stages and without their iconic robot helmets. Fast-forward to now, and with the announcement of their split still impacting the industry in more ways than none, be sure to check out the rare footage of Daft Punk without masks below, as well as the crowd interaction that most definitely differs from what we are experiencing at this current moment in time. Were you one of the lucky ones to join their shows at the beginning of their career? Let us know in the comments section.

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