After Daft – A new book about Daft Punk and the last 30 years of dance music culture


After Daft through Gabriel Szatan, to be published in 2023 by John Murray Press / Hachette UK, is a brand new book on Daft punk.

After Daft will be the first book to cover the entire career of pioneering French music duo Daft Punk, from their formation in 1993 to their separation in 2021.. It will be the most in-depth attempt to date to document Daft Punk’s unique position in the cultural landscape, including interviews with a wide range of contributors who have worked closely with Daft Punk for years, as well as others in the industry at large who have been touched and inspired by the duo and their lasting impact.

What will be presented in the book and what it focuses on.

After Daft will focus on the seminal of Daft Punk Live Tour 2006-07, a concert production that forever changed the look of live music, inspiring a new generation of DJ-producers and having a significant impact on the popularity and profitability of electronic music in the United States and around the world.

Much more than a book that focuses solely on Daft Punk, After Daft will also document the impact of those who inspired the duo – their “Teachers,” as mentioned in the 1997 debut album Homework – and their varying fortunes as electronic dance music has become a major cultural event. movement from the beginning of the 21st century. Veteran house and techno DJs and artists from Chicago and Detroit, as well as other key figures in the arts and music from around the world, are among them. Closer to the publication date, more information about the contributors and their involvement will be revealed.

Daft Punk sits in the pop pantheon alongside Prince, Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk, Missy Elliott, David Bowie, or whatever visionaries you might want to name. Beyond making cheerful records, there are countless compelling sub-narratives that come in and out of their careers: 2006-07 Alive was as important to dance music as the Beatles’ 1964 appearance on The Ed. Sullivan Show Was For Rock ‘n’ Roll – What Has Changed In The Way We Respond To Gigs After Gigs? Have teachers been sufficiently recognized for their contributions? And how did Daft Punk remain anonymous in an era when the internet erased everyone else’s privacy? I’m excited to bring it all to light – as well as show how, in 28 years, music really sounded better with them. – the author Gabriel Szatan about the book

Daft Punk was one of the most influential bands in the history of music. They left an indelible mark in the electronic underground after forming in 1993 and achieving an unprecedented level of success and visibility for a dance music group. When they split earlier this year, they had won six GRAMMY Awards and were ranked 12th greatest musical duo of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

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Their studio and singles albums have sold over twenty million copies worldwide, making them multi-platinum in almost every country, and they are widely recognized for helping popularize dance styles such as the house, techno and electro. Kanye West, The Weeknd, Pharell Williams and Arcade Fire are among the artists the duo have produced for. Daft Punk’s highly acclaimed live show, which is discussed in depth within After Daft, reinvented what was possible for a live music performance, spawning the multi-billion dollar EDM industry and normalizing the position of rave DJs at the top of festival posters around the world. .

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After Daft will be more than a traditional musical biography, focusing on the genre and industry defining aspects of Daft Punk’s career. The book will position the duo as generational icons, against the historical backdrop of changing cultural horizons in the duo’s home country, France, the United States and the rest of the world, alongside the rise of social media. and the Internet. The meticulous in-depth research, combined with exclusive access to the book’s participants, results in a first global publication on how Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known as Daft Punk, influenced the industry. live and recorded music, larger worlds of entertainment, and even transatlantic politics.

Following a multi-publisher bid, the British and Commonwealth rights to the book were won by John Murray Press / Hachette UK. In 2023, the movie After Daft will be released.

The author and his story.

Gabriel Szatan, writer, editor, broadcaster, event planner, streaming curator, A&R label and DJ, is the author of After Daft. He is known for his numerous reports on contemporary music and cultural movements of the 21st century.

He started his career as a promoter and radio host in London, then joined Gilles Peterson’s team at BBC Radio 6 Music, where he was promoted to senior curator of musical events and the Boiler Room editorial platform. During a five-year tenure, he has organized hundreds of shows and projects around the world, working simultaneously to showcase emerging talent and up-and-coming DJ superstars, as well as celebrating rave culture and history. dance music, with a particular emphasis on the American Midwest.

As a journalist, Gabriel has served on the editorial teams of Red Bull Music Academy and Resident Advisor, and his expert knowledge has been published in The Guardian, Pitchfork, The Economist, DJ Mag, Dazed, Crack, The Face and more. For a lengthy investigation into UK Garage’s ongoing subjugation, he was co-awarded Music Journalism of the Year by Complex in 2020.


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