Daft Punk's influence on synthwave and retrowave is undeniable. The French duo's unique blend of electronic music has inspired a new generation of artists to create their own version of the '80s sound.
Synthwave, also known as outrun, retrosynth, or futuresynth, is a genre of electronic music influenced by the early work of Daft Punk and other French house artists. The style is typified by its use of synthesizers and drum machines, often with an 8-bit or 16-bit aesthetic.
Retrowave is a subgenre of synthwave that takes its cues from the '80s film soundtracks of John Carpenter and Vangelis. The style often features synthesizers and drum machines, but also incorporates elements of rock and pop music.
Daft Punk's debut album Homework was released in 1997 and featured the track "Da Funk", which became an instant club hit. The album established the duo's signature sound: a mix of house, techno, and acid music with elements of pop and rock. Homework also featured the track "Around the World", which would go on to become one of Daft Punk's most iconic songs.
The duo's second album, Discovery, was released in 2001 and featured the singles "One More Time" and "Harder Better Faster Stronger". The album cemented Daft Punk's reputation as one of the most innovative electronic acts of their generation.
Discovery was followed by Human After All in 2005 and Random Access Memories in 2013. These albums saw Daft Punk experimenting with different styles and sounds, but always staying true to their roots in electronic music.
Random Access Memories featured the single "Get Lucky", which became one of the biggest hits of 2013. The song featured guest vocals from Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, and its success helped to bring synthwave and retrowave to a wider audience.
Since then, synthwave and retrowave have continued to grow in popularity, with new artists emerging all the time. While Daft Punk may not be making new music anymore, their influence on the scene is still very strong.