‘After Daft’ to Explore the Past 30 Years of Dance Music Culture

Daft Punk

After Daft is your chance to get a detailed look into iconic duo Daft Punk’s monumental impact on electronic music, live experiences, and pop culture.

French duo Daft Punk is arguably one of the most influential acts to grace the music scene that we know and love. They exceeded expectations to a level of success and visibility during their careers before calling it quits in early 2021. While it might be the end of this epic era of Daft Punk many are looking to celebrate the impact the duo had on the scene, and a recently announced book called After Daft has given fans something to get giddy about.

After Daft will dive deep into the genre and industry-defining aspects of Daft Punk’s career and further show just how influential these generational icons really are. Author Gabriel Szatan has been working hard to get the most thorough documentation known to date on the unique duo covering their entire career from their formation in 1993 to split in 2021. 

It’s safe to say that this biography will be unlike most. After Daft will take an in-depth look at Daft Punk’s seminal Alive 2006-07 tour: a production that one could say changed the look and feel of live music forever. The book will also give readers an inside look at the ones who inspired the duo, such as veteran house and techno DJs and artists of Chicago and Detroit, as well as other influencing artists in the arts and music around the world.

The book is due to be released in 2023 by John Murray Press/Hachette UK and details about contributors and their involvement are said to be brought to the light closer to the publication date. Grab your copy and see for yourself how much the music industry was inevitably impacted by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo; better known as Daft Punk.

Daft Punk sit in the pantheon of pop alongside Prince, Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk, Missy Elliott, David Bowie or any visionary you’d care to name. Beyond making joyous records, there are countless compelling sub-narratives which flow in and out of their career: Alive 2006-07 was as consequential for dance music as The Beatles’ 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was for rock ’n’ roll — what changed about the way we respond to concerts in the aftermath? Were the Teachers sufficiently recognised for their contributions? And how did Daft Punk retain anonymity at a time when the internet erased privacy for everyone else? I’m excited to bring it all to light — as well as making the case for how, over 28 years, music really did sound better with them.

-Gabriel Szatan
Gabriel Szatan After Daft
Gabriel Szatan | Photo Credit: Tim Boddy

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