VIDEO.  When Daft Punk played without a helmet at the Trans Musicales in Rennes

VIDEO. When Daft Punk played without a helmet at the Trans Musicales in Rennes

Violet Field inEntertainmentFeb 23, 2021 3 min read1 views

The duo Daft Punk, the most famous French group in the world, have just announced their separation. He has performed twice at the Trans Musicales festival, in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), but also in a café in the Breton capital, at the very beginning of electro. A more complicated coming than expected.

© Eric Perez The duo Daft Punk during their very first concert at the Trans Musicales at Ubu, in Rennes, in 1995.

The duo Daft Punk, the most famous French group in the world, have just announced their separation. He has performed twice at the Trans Musicales festival, in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), but also in a café in the Breton capital, at the very beginning of electro. A more complicated coming than expected.

Watching Daft Punk play at the Carmès café (now a restaurant) rue Saint-Georges, in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine) … This is an event which a few lucky few were able to attend in 1995, a few months before their programming at Ubu, for the Trans Musicales, in the golden age of rave parties.

The duo had been in existence for two years and had already made a name for itself in the world of electronic music, called F rench touch. That evening, in front of Carmès, we crowded outside to go inside. It was still a young Parisian duo who was just getting through. They had released two maxis. They were not yet helmets. But, already, they set the dance floors on fire. A few months later, they will play live, at Ubu, for the Trans Musicales.

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“We had a friend DJ Kenobi in common and it was thanks to him that I was able to bring them to the Trans Musicales,” recalls Jean-Louis Brossard, the programmer of the emblematic Rennes festival. It was the beginnings of electro, everyone knew each other. Their 45, Da Funk and Rollin '& Scratchin', it was mega hits. We couldn't have an evening without these titles. A very original techno house , full of energy. Their music was not only made for dancing, you could also listen to it at home. "

In full strikes

Getting them to Rennes was more complicated than expected. We are in 1995, it is the big strikes against Juppé and his plan to reform pensions: more trains, more gasoline… “ We managed to find a plane to bring them to Rennes, says Jean-Louis Brossard. To take it, Thomas Bangalter, who had just had his license, agreed to put his entire studio in his car. It was hell ! "

No helmets at Ubu

The duo played an afternoon at Ubu, still unmasked at the time. “I absolutely wanted to listen to their singles live. I was not deceived. They had brought all their consoles. " Conquered, the programmer invites them back the following year, on the stage of the exhibition park this time, at the electro night" Planet ". “They produced a very special live set. They had taken their entire studio on stage. They were still not wearing a helmet and this photo, in which we see Thomas Bangalter with his Trans Musicales pass around his neck, has been around the world. They were really cool, very nice normal guys. "

With the end of Daft Punk, announced in a very mysterious video, will we be able to hear Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo again? Jean-Louis Brossard has his own idea. “They will continue to make music, each on their own. Even together… ”

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