Daft Punk have claimed that EDM “lacks depth” – and also confessed that they initially thought it had all been made by just one person.
Speaking in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now or availably digitally, the French pair said they didn’t listen to a lot of “electronic music”.
Asked for their opinions on DJs such as Deadmau5 and Skrillex, the band’s Thomas Bangalter said: “Deadmau5? No. I wouldn’t listen to Deadmau5 for pleasure. Skrillex we have a lot of respect for. He’s said that he saw our live show with the pyramid in 2007 and it made him want to make music, but it feels like he’s not copying our formula. He might be the kid that breaks the cycle, but we don’t listen to a lot of electronic music. We never did.”
His bandmate Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo then added: “I don’t know EDM artists or the albums. At first I thought it was all just one guy, some DJ called EDM.” When asked if that was because it all sounded the same, he replied” “A little bit, yeah!” while Bangalter added: “Maybe it’s just one guy called Eric David Morris.”
De Homem-Christo also later compared it to “an energy drink” that’s “really efficient on the body”, adding: “EDM is energy only. It lacks depth. You can have energy in music and dance to it but still have soul.”
Daft Punk release their long-awaited new studio album ‘Random Access Memories’ on May 20, but the album is currently streaming via iTunes. The LP features collaborations with the likes of Julian Casablancas, Chilly Gonzales and Giorgio Moroder and also includes the single ‘Get Lucky’ with Pharrell Williams, which held its place at Number One in the Official UK Singles Chart this weekend after passing 100,000 sales per week for the third week in a row.