Daft Punk’s ‘Homework’ and ‘Discovery’ were recorded in Thomas Bangalter’s bedroom

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Thomas Bangalter has revealed that pivotal Daft Punk records ‘Homework’ and ‘Discovery were recorded in his bedroom.

Theories have circulated for many years over whether the pair’s debut, and second album respectively, had been recorded in one of their bedrooms — a theory that has been been confirmed as true by Bangalter.

In an interview with Matt Everitt, on his podcast, The First Time… Bangalter was questioned: “The myth is that ‘Homework’ was all in your bedroom, is that true?”

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In which he replied: “It’s true, ‘Homework’ and ‘Discovery’ were done in the bedroom, in the same flat as I was watching Modern Times and we had [Stevie Wonder album] ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ constantly on the turntables.

“In this small bedroom, my parents had given me this small boombox for my 11th birthday, a JVC boombox with a little graphic equaliser, and I kept this thing.”

He adds: “One day when we plugged in a few keyboards and samplers, I found that boombox and I put it on the stack of machines. And that little boombox is what we mixed and recorded both ‘Homework’ and ‘Discovery’ on. That was the magic one.”

‘Homework’ was released in 1997 whilst ‘Discovery’ came years later in 2001 with Mixmag describing it at the time as “the perfect non-pop pop album” and claiming the duo had “altered the course of dance music for the second time” within the April 2001 issue.

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This new interview with Bangalter also covers topics such as the origins of the electronic duo as well as what the future holds for him.

Also discussing music, Bangalter plays tracks from the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Paul Williams, Stevie Wonder and more.

Listen to the full podcast episode here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Multimedia Editor, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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