“After Daft” to explore the last 30 years of dance music culture


After Daft is your chance to get a detailed look at the monumental impact of iconic duo Daft Punk on electronic music, live experiences and pop culture.

french duo Daft punk is arguably one of the most influential bands to embellish the music scene we know and love. They exceeded expectations at a level of success and visibility over the course of their careers before retiring in early 2021. While this may be the end of this epic era of Daft Punk, many seek to celebrate the impact that the duo had on the scene, and a recently announced book titled After Idiot gave fans something to marvel at.

After Daft delve deep into the genre and industry defining aspects of Daft Punk’s career and further show just how influential these generational icons really are. Author Gabriel Szatan worked hard to obtain the most comprehensive documentation known to date on the one-off duo spanning their entire careers from their formation in 1993 until their separation in 2021.

It’s safe to say this bio will be different from most. After Daft will take an in-depth look at Daft Punk’s flagship tour, Alive 2006-07: a production that, you could say, forever changed the look of live music. The book will also give readers a glimpse of those who inspired the duo, such as veteran house and techno DJs and artists from Chicago and Detroit, as well as other influential artists in the arts and music from around the world.

The book is expected to be published in 2023 by John Murray Press / Hachette UK and details of the contributors and their involvement would be highlighted closer to the publication date. Grab your copy and see for yourself how the music industry has inevitably been impacted by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo; better known as Daft Punk.

Daft Punk sits in the pop pantheon alongside Prince, Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk, Missy Elliott, David Bowie, or whatever visionary you might want to name. Beyond making cheerful records, there are countless compelling sub-narratives that come in and out of their careers: 2006-07 Alive was as important to dance music as the Beatles’ 1964 appearance on The Ed. Sullivan Show Was For Rock ‘n’ Roll – What Has Changed In The Way We Respond To Gigs After Gigs? Have teachers been sufficiently recognized for their contributions? And how did Daft Punk remain anonymous in an era when the internet erased everyone else’s privacy? I’m excited to bring it all to light – as well as show how, in 28 years, music really sounded better with them.

-Gabriel Szatan

Gabriel Szatan after Daft
Gabriel Szatan | Photo credit: Tim Boddy

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