Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker compares the split of Daft Punk to the impact of someone’s death. Parker spoke to Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson as he shared how he reacted to the shocking news of the duo’s split on Monday, February 22.
Sharing he reaction to the news, he said:
“I mean, I guess I wasn’t expecting to be as emotional as I was. It really moved me. I wonder what it was now that made them want to do it and announce it, because they obviously haven’t released anything since ‘Random Access Memories’. Yeah, it shook me”.
“It was almost like when you hear about someone that’s died. “I know it’s obviously not nearly as tragic as when someone dies, but that kind of shock.
My phone blew up. I messaged Dom and Jay, the old group, going… Yeah. I mean, good on them for being able to… That must take so much guts to do, and not just say, ‘Someone might offer us a billion dollars for a show next year. Maybe let’s just hold out.’ You know, to just say, ‘This is the end.’ I think it takes a lot of guts”.
He then spoke on when he first discovered Daft Punk:
“I think I was sitting in front of the TV as a kid watching like Saturday morning video clips,” he revealed.
“In fact, definitely. I think it was ‘Da Funk.’ I almost remember the first time. I wasn’t really into that kind of music then, but it definitely stuck in my brain. I was like, what is this?”
“Especially because I watched the video they released, that kind of eight-minute thing, which I think has already been on a movie of theirs, obviously re-contextualised for them announcing their split up, but it really moved me”.