Watch This Revealing Clip From the 'Daft Punk Unchained' Documentary

Remember their legendary pyramid set from 2006’s Coachella?

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A few months ago, Daft Punk released the trailer to their new documentary Daft Punk Unchained. The film follows the electronic duo from their humble beginnings to eventually play sold out shows and taking over the GRAMMY’s. Featuring cameos from Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and more, the film was shot over several months in Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. In conjunction with the documentary’s Showtime premiere on December 10, director Hervé Martin Delpierre was invited for an interview with Rolling Stone, where he shared about the process in the creation of the film. Watch a clip of the duo playing their groundbreaking pyramid stage set to 40,000 people at Coachella in 2006 above and check out a few highlights of the interview below.

What was your first encounter with Daft Punk?

My first experience with Daft Punk goes back to 1996, in a nightclub in Paris. Everyone was already talking about Daft Punk as the new “fashion,” this electronic music band. A band whose prestige was already recognized in nightclubs around the world. There was a special intonation in the voice of the people when they said, “Ah … Daft Punk …,” as if not knowing them was a huge handicap to having a Parisian cultural life. But I must admit that I was surprised because I did not hear electronic music, but rather music with a rock band, but also funk and pop influences. [They were] a group that had decided that the guitars were no longer the indispensable instrument to make music and to be cool. And on stage, when I saw them one night, I saw two very regular boys. Nothing in their faces, their hair, their clothes seemed to want to say, “I need to create a look for myself every morning, with more than one hour in front of the mirror to prove to the world how cool I am.” I realized later, when I thought of that night, that everything in Daft Punk was about freedom. To be free, musically, artistically, you must already be free in your head and your body. And those two boys were already visibly free in their mind and spirit.

How involved were Daft Punk in the curation of the documentary?

[Daft Punk manager] Paul told me that the boys know my work, respected me as an artist and would leave me free to put my focus on the group, and he also asked me not to destroy the magic of the robots since it had taken them many years to build that relationship with the public and I should respect that. And no, that did not change; they kept their word throughout the making of the film. And they did not ask to see it before the first public screening. Many artists who talk endlessly about creative freedom behave like true dictators, but they, Thomas and Guy-Man, considered that the freedom of other creators, even creators like us who look at their story, were also free like them.

What are your conclusions about their influence on music and culture?

I came to the conclusion that certain groups exist with the desire to sell the maximum amount of records and other groups like Daft Punk seek above all to create, protect their creative capacity to protect their dreams, their original wishes, their view of the world. A group like Daft Punk has had a lot of influence on the world of music for 20 years. At the end of it all I’m curious to know what genre of music has been most influenced by them because I believe that it is their artistic position — what we call the freedom to create — which is the most successful aspect to Daft Punk. This example has no limits on genre, style, race or language. This is the best example of the most exciting young artists today.

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