The Swarm

July 13, 2007

Daft Punk speak out on sample sources: 'half of this list is not true'

TDS Editors

UPDATE: Check out our full Daft Punk Alive 2007 coverage.

In an interview in the soon-to-be-released issue of Anthem, Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter speaks out for the first time ever about the group’s sampling and, nearly specifically, Palms Out Sounds’s infamous Sample Wednesday 27:

I’ve stumbled upon these posts online where they are like, “look at all these samples,” and half of this list is not true. The samples that were used have always been cleared and it’s very blatant. There [are] hardly any credits on Human After All, except in the case of “Robot Rock” there is a sample of Breakwater. I think sampling is always something that we’ve completely legitimately done. It’s not something we’ve hidden, it’s almost a partisan or ideological way of making music, sampling things and being sampled.

On my label we’ve been doing records that are nine minues with only [a single] one-second loop, with even less foundation than there is on “Robot Rock.” It’s always been a way to reinterpret things – sometimes it’s using an element from the past, or sometimes recreating them and fooling the eyes or the ears, which is a fun thing to do.

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