Daft Punk aren’t exactly talkative types, but they just gave Rolling Stone the first interview about their new album Random Access Memories, telling the magazine that they’ve been working on the album since 2008 and that it finally came alive when they ditched samples for live instrumentation. They called in a murderer’s row of studio musicians from the ’70s and ’80s, which Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo calls “the tastiest era for us.” And Thomas Bangalter says, “Here, we were trying to make robotic voices sound the most human they’ve ever sounded, in terms of expressivity and emotion.”
In the same interview, the duo talks about doing an improvised studio session with Kanye West. Bangalter: “It was very raw: he was rapping – kind of screaming primally, actually.” The French director Michel Gondry also mentioned that the Aphex Twin video visionary Chris Cunningham is making a video for one of the songs from that session, which sounds fucking incredible. Elsewhere in the interview, Bangalter says that Daft Punk have “no current plans” to tour behind Random Access Memories, and the duo give their opinions about Saturday Night Live (they like it) and the current state of electronic dance music (they don’t like it). Check out the full interview here.
And in other Daft Punk news, Yves Sait-Laurent designed their insanely slick new suits; check them out in the video below.
Random Access Memories is out 5/21 on Columbia.