A forthcoming new book, After Daft: The Rewiring of 21st Century Culture, is set feature more than 100 interviews with artists, DJs, filmmakers, designers and promoters, exploring the effect of Daft Punk on popular culture.
Set to be released in early 2024, the project, by music journalist Gabriel Szatan, will tell two stories in parallel – the first will examine the inner workings and universal appeal of the French duo, delving into the robots’ creative vision.
The project will also take a wide-angle lens to the past 30 or so years of technological changes and musical evolution, looking at electronic music’s surging influence within pop culture.
Among those interviewed for the book are Soulwax, Franz Ferdinand, Arthur Baker, Disclosure, The Avalanches, Porter Robinson, A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Tiga, Boys Noize and Annie Mac, as well as French artists Kavinsky, Air, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Vitalic, Madeon and Fred Falke.
Members of Daft Punk’s inner circle also feature, including Pedro Winter (Daft Punk’s ex-manager, head of Ed Banger Records), Gildas Loaëc, former label manager of Crydamoure and Roulé, Alan Braxe (Stardust), DJ Falcon (Together), Todd Edwards, Panda Bear and Paul Williams – as well as Daniel Vangarde, Thomas Bangalter’s father.
The book also travels to Detroit to talk to a selection of Daft Punk’s ‘Teachers’, as acknowledged in the Homework track of the same name – including Carl Craig, DJ Heather, DJ Deeon, Robert Armani, Kevin Saunderson, DJ Minx and, in his final interview, Paul Johnson.
“To tally the full scope of the After Daft era, you need to place as much emphasis on the After as the Daft,” Szatan commented. “We went into the project wondering: what if there was a fresher and more compelling way to frame this transformative age in culture?
“That’s why After Daft is artist-led, to tell an authentic story through the eyes of those who shaped it: musicians from different backgrounds and disciplines whose lives interacted in fascinating ways, undersung creatives who oil the industry machine, as well as countless artists that thrived as the ceiling was raised on dance and electronic music’s creative possibilities and immense global popularity.”
The book can be pre-ordered here.