Daft Punk has stated that their mission is to draw a connection between the different genres of music rather than have music be segregated as it was in the past. They see themselves as being as much influenced by icons of rock such as AC-DC as by disco and seek to show this eclectic influence in their songs. This can be seen in their start as an alternative rock band, which then shifted to an electronic music focus with their late 90s debut album Home Work, which still stands as a landmark in the genre of electronic dance music. Their career has come right back around to rock with their metal influenced Human After All album released in 2005.
Daft Punk’s legacy could be seen as one that influenced the start of the latest crop of dance music superstars. The group, consisting of Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, believes that its mission is to do more than just create party songs. Bangalter and Homem-Christo want to create serious, revolutionary music and to create their own aesthetic, hence the iconic robot helmets.
The group has recently forayed into the world of major Hollywood motion picture soundtracks, composing the music for Tron. They composed 24 original tracks for Tron, taking over from the first film’s composer, Wendy Carlos. They are also getting ready to release a new LP, which hearkens back to the groups disco influences. Among the reported collaborations on the untitled collection will be songs with 70s composer Paul Williams and disco singer Niles Rodgers. A song in which legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder raps is also said to have been completed for the LP. Moroder is best known for producing many of Donna Summer’s hits along with songs for Blondie and Irene Cara.