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Daft Punk: EDM Is Having an ‘Identity Crisis’

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Artists like Skrillex, David Guetta and Calvin Harris all owe their resoundingly successful careers to Daft Punk, who essentially helped to create the EDM genre as we know it.

The French duo told Rolling Stone that EDM is suffering what Thomas Bangalter calls an “identity crisis.” He said to the magazine, “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.”

Daft Punk are notorious for pushing the boundaries using new sounds and techniques in their music, but their collaboration with guitarist Nile Rodgers on ‘Random Access Memories,’ coupled with their signature electronic sound has lent a specifically disco-like quality to their new material.

Bangalter continued, “You hear a song, whose track is it? There’s no signature. Skrillex has been successful because he has a recognizable sound: You hear a dubstep song, even if it’s not him, you think it’s him.” So we guess that’s somewhat of a compliment to Skrillex, no matter how back-handed.

The guy has got a point. Daft Punk have kept a well regarded profile in EDM for their signature “robotic” sound, but they also regularly push the envelope as listeners are sure to find out with ‘Random Access Memories,’ which is due out May 21.

The band released a one minute clip for their song ‘Get Lucky,’ during ‘SNL,’ this week, and the track is more disco than any sort of fist-pumping club tunes EDM fans are used to these days. Daft Punk has come to re-inspire the genre, so get ready!

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Watch the Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky’ Promo feat. Pharrell and Nile Rodgers

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