The Musical Influences of Daft Punk

In order to determine who has influenced the music of the popular French band Daft Punk, you only have to listen to their track, "Teachers", from their Homework album. The song is a combination of all artists or DJ's who have made an impact on their musical instincts. Such influences include DJ Sneak, Hyperactive, Brian Wilson, Jammin Gerald, and Waxmaster. Before Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo started Daft Punk they reportedly shared the same tastes in musical style and performers. It was stated that they shared the same appreciation for The Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Stooges, and The Beach Boys. The fact that they both shared the same appreciation for rock bands was what led them to form their first band known as, Darlin'.

Band member, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, has also stated that the music of Romanthony and Todd Edwards had a large impact on their own musical actions, especially the technique for their music. This can also be seen in Daft Punk's "Teachers" track that was mentioned previously.

One interesting fact to note is that Romanthony and Todd Edwards did several collaborations for Daft Punk's Discovery album. For the basic concept of the album, the duo concentrated on all of the new techniques of techno music. One of their major inspirations for the album was the single "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin. It has been described as neither being a relaxation track nor a club track.

To help recreate the image of the single, Daft Punk utilized vintage musical equipment. However, the members of Daft Punk wanted everyone to understand that they do not try to recreate the sounds or songs of a particular band. They are simply trying to create their own edge of electronic music that can be enhanced with the vintage experiments.