Daft Punk don’t do too many live performances so when they do it’s a big deal, cue last night’s appearance with The Weeknd at the Grammys. It had been well documented that Daft Punk would be appearing at the Grammys this year, understandably so, expectations were high:
Not exactly memorable is it? Obviously this is a Weeknd performance rather than a Daft Punk performance with the duo almost acting as window dressing without really adding much. In fact their whole collaboration with the Weeknd feels a little light, other than some vocoder action it is difficult to understand what they’re bringing to the party. Of course their influence could be a lot greater than it first appears, they are the kings of smoke and mirrors. When asked about the collaboration by the Wall St Journal, The Weeknd stated:
“Their studio is like a spaceship, there’s a lot of gear, but the way they make music, the way they explain it, is very cinematic. It’s like they’re reading a page out of a novel: ‘We want to make sure that at the end, it feels like the sun’s coming up, and maybe there’s a car chase.’ They can get technical, but it was interesting how they visualize making music.”
These comments do seem to suggest that Daft Punk not only appear on Starboy and I feel it coming but were integral in the creation and production of the tracks. I was not a fan of Starboy when it was first released but I must admit, it’s really grown on me since, I cannot say the same of I feel it coming but maybe I’ll be proven wrong there too. Even if I do change my mind, this recent output is not of the same high standard that we have come to expect from Electro-pop’s most enigmatic and entertaining duo. Maybe they’re saving themselves for their next solo album? We can but hope, in the meantime let’s enjoy the tour de force that is their 2014 Grammys performance, another collaborative affair but one that works so much better:
Now THAT is how you do a Grammys performance.