Daft Punk finally return to the media after 2 years of being out of contact. Their latest interview was with the American magazine Rolling Stone in which they explain most of the inspiration that ended up in their upcoming album Random Access Memories.
They start by revisiting the unveiling of their new music video last night at Coachella. Viewing the crowd from a near VIP area Thomas commented: “The fun part will be seeing the footage people shot when it hits the Internet, he said.”
The article gives an insight into how long this album has been in production – having been started in 2008 in Paris, before Thomas and Guy moved to different studios in Los Angeles and New York.
“We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the random way that memories are stored,” says Thomas, discussing the title of the album. Guy-Manuel added “The Seventies and the Eighties are the tastiest era for us […] and all these guys were tripping on meeting again and playing together again […] it’s not that we can’t make crazy futuristic sounding stuff, but we wanted to play with the past”.
Pharell Williams also participates in the interview, mentioning his encounter with the band at a party held by Madonna: “They were like, we’re working on something. I said, whatever you do, call me – I’ll play tambourine on it. They looked at each other and they were like, we’ll be in touch.” Williams also confirmed the name of two songs, “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance”, in which he collaborated with.
In their spare time Daft Punk have apparently also found time to jam with Kanye West. “He’s a good friend”, Guy-Manuel adds. But we’re not expecting him to make an appearance on the album.
They also explained their views of the current Electronic music era: “Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it’s not moving one inch […] that’s not what artists are supposed to do.”
The band also clarifies that they will not tour for the album. “We want to focus everything on the act and excitement of listening to the album”, Bangalter says. “We don’t see a tour as an accessory to an album.”
You can read more at the original Rolling Stone article here.