Before they became EDM superstars, what did Daft Punk do with their time? Why, they took Gabrielle and turned her song into… well, judge for yourself!

I love digging into the backgrounds of artists. For example, many were surprised by Low Steppa’s breakthrough some years ago – but he’d been around since at least 2004 to my knowledge. Or if you love Terrence Parker’s brand of piano house, you might be surprised to discover he’s been around since the early 1990s, if not earlier.

And believe it or not, but there was a time when Daft Punk hadn’t started putting records out like “Around The World”. So when I looked into their archive – and Discogs is a brilliant resource for doing this, by the way – I was amused to discover they have a couple of remixes in there. Not many, but a few very interesting ones.

For example, they remixed an early Chemical Brothers record called “Life Is Sweet” back in 1995 and the label was still persuaded to release it – despite the fact it contained no words from the singer at all. As for this particular remix of a Gabrielle song from 1996?

Weird and wonderful. I wish I could make something like that…

The REAL story behind Daft Punk and why Eddie Johns was never paid for the “One More Time” sample – not the clickbait version the press would have you believe

Over the past few days, you might have noticed a story going around about Daft Punk’s 2000 release “One More Time”. The song is built heavily around a few chopped up samples of a 1979 record called “More Spell On You” by Eddie Johns.

Well, Mr Johns has never been paid any royalties for the use of his music. This story broke late last Friday, and in the style of journalists desperate to go home at the end of the working week, they’ve chosen the easiest, most sensationalist way possible to cover it.

They’d have you believe that those cruel millionaires in Daft Punk have deprived this man of his money for over two decades. The truth is rather more boring, but is now in the process of being fixed.

The Eddie Johns song in question came out on Président Records in 1979. The catalogue for the label was purchased by GM Musipro in 1995. Virgin Records, who released “One More Time” in 2000 pay GM Musipro royalties every six months, something which has been confirmed by their boss.

So what’s the problem? Simple. They haven’t been able to contact Eddie Johns. They lost contact with him a long time ago and were never able to trace him. This is a much more common problem than you’d imagine.

In truth, this is actually a good news story. Johns has been found and will soon receive a pay cheque. It could be quite a hefty one – enough to get him back on his feet with a good standard of living. And this story being shared means another burst of popularity for both songs, which means more money in the future.

Not exactly the bad news that journalists would have you think…

EXCLUSIVE: Daft Punk in rumoured collab with Amateur At Play?

The above, of course, is complete bollocks. I just made it up. Right now. But it’ll get me lots of readers wondering who the hell I am, why they’d be collaborating with a relative unknown or why they were taken in by a piece of blatant clickbait.

And if anyone calls me out on it, I can simply defend myself by claiming I was asking a question. Even though I clearly wasn’t.

Call it the Mixmag effect. Besides, if Daft Punk read what I wrote about them lately, I suspect a collaborative effort of any kind is unlikely…

Why did Daft Punk split? Don’t ask Mixmag!

Why DID Daft Punk split up? You’d think that I wouldn’t care for this subject given my previous writings on the subject, but I saw something and I fancied writing about it, simply because I could.

The easiest way to find out why Daft Punk split up would be to ask the guys themselves. Perhaps by sending a statement asking the question and getting a response. Or perhaps by securing an interview with the two gentlemen, where the question could be discussed in detail.

Mixmag chose not to do that. For some reason, they instead decided to construct an entire article asking why they might have split up. Not why they did, but why they might. Seriously.

It’s a bit clickbait, isn’t it?

Daft Punk splitting up and why I can’t honestly say I’m bothered

I see that Daft Punk have decided to call it a day. Cue loads of eulogies from people who seem to think it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened. Really? In the middle of a pandemic that’s killed nearly 2½ million people to date, the reaction just seems completely inappropriate.

You might have guessed that I have no intention of joining this hysterical festival of mourning. I have no doubt that there are many people who certainly cited Daft Punk as an influence on their music and why they got onto it. Absolutely fine. And I include myself in the list of people who have got enjoyment out of their records over the years. I played one of the Masters At Work remixes of “Around The World” only the other day, for example.

There’s no denying that two boys from France have done good in their 28 years together. But the reaction to them calling it a day is just utterly ridiculous. Then again, when you announce your retirement by putting out a 6 minute video with cinematic production and two robots blowing up, it kinda invites that kind of hysteria, doesn’t it?