Bangalter and Homem-Christo were originally briefly in an indie rock band named Darlin’. When the group disbanded, it left the two to experiment musically with drum machines and synthesisers. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met in 1987 while attending the Lycée Carnot, a secondary school in Paris. Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 to record “Da Funk”.
It became the duo’s first commercially successful single the same year. After the success of “Da Funk”, Daft Punk looked to find a manager. The duo eventually settled on Pedro Winter, who regularly promoted them and other artists at his Hype night clubs. In the mid-to-late nineties, Daft Punk performed live without costumes in many places including the United States. In 1996, the duo were featured at an Even Furthur event in Wisconsin, their first public performance in the U. Da Funk” and “Alive” were later included on Daft Punk’s 1997 debut album Homework.
In February of that year, the UK dance magazine Muzik published a Daft Punk cover feature and described Homework as “one of the most hyped debut albums in a long long time. The most successful single from Homework was “Around the World”, which is known for the repeating chant of the song’s title. Da Funk” was also included on The Saint film soundtrack. By 1999, the duo was well into the recording sessions for its second album, which had begun a year earlier. Starting on 13 September and ending on 9 November 2004, Daft Punk devoted six weeks to the creation of new material. The duo later released the resulting album Human After All in March 2005. Reviews were mixed, mostly citing its overly repetitive nature and seemingly hasty recording.
On 21 May 2006, Daft Punk premiered its first directed film, Daft Punk’s Electroma, at the Cannes Film Festival sidebar Director’s Fortnight. 2007 tour began with a sole United States performance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California in April 2006. After further shows and festival performances in Europe, the act returned to North America for a full-fledged eight date tour. This reached many markets for the first time on the trek and included a headline festival slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago.