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Give Life Back to Music
Give Life Back to Music single cover
"Give Life Back to Music" single cover.
Single by Daft Punk
Album Random Access Memories
Release January 31, 2014
Recorded 2011-2012
Duration 4:34
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Thomas Bangalter
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
Paul Jackson, Jr.
Nile Rodgers
Producer(s) Daft Punk
Daft Punk singles chronology
"Instant Crush"
"Give Life Back to Music"


"Give Life Back to Music" is a song written and recorded by Daft Punk for their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories. It is the opening track on the album. The song features lyrics performed by Daft Punk using vocoders.[1] "Give Life Back to Music" also includes guitar work by Nile Rodgers and Paul Jackson, Jr., drums by John "J.R." Robinson and keyboards by Chilly Gonzales. The song was distributed to radio stations on January 31, 2014 as the album's fifth overall single. Prior to this, it charted in France, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Background Edit

Rodgers commented that a collaboration was "something we've [Daft Punk and Rodgers] talked about for a long time. We've respected each other endlessly."[2] He had first met with the duo at a "Daft-Punk-listening party" in New York City several years ago and noted that a series of near misses and scheduling conflicts had delayed their chance of collaborating ever since then. Daft Punk later visited Rodgers' home for an informal jam session, and an official collaboration would later be undertaken.[3] The duo eventually invited Rodgers to the Random Access Memories sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, which, coincidentally, was the studio where the first Chic single had been recorded, and also, was the neighborhood in which Rodgers grew up. He expressed that working with Daft Punk "[felt] like [...] working with contemporaries" and that they motivated each other to excel when collaborating on the album. He remarked that the duo's style has evolved whilst simultaneously exploring music's past, expressing that "they went back to go forward."[4][5]

Most of the vocal sessions for the album took place in Paris, whereas the rhythm sections were recorded in the United States.[6] Sound effects were newly recorded with the help of film experts from Warner Bros.[7]When asked which of the two Daft Punk members performed the robotic vocals on the album, Bangalter expressed that it did not matter.[8] The duo produced most of the vocoder tracks in their own private studio in Paris, with later processing done by Mick Guzauski at Capitol Studios.[9] Giorgio Moroder elaborated that Daft Punk would take "a week or so" to find an adequate vocoder sound, and an additional few days to record the lyrics.[10]

Gonzales, who played keyboards for "Give Life Back to Music", stated in an interview that his contribution to the album was recorded in a one-day session: "I played for hours and they’re gonna grab what they grab and turn it into whatever."[11] He explained that Daft Punk prompted him at the piano in the same manner that a film director coaches an actor, and Gonzales left the Los Angeles studio without knowledge of what the final product would sound like.[12] He later elaborated on the filmmaking analogy by saying that his presence on the album was the equivalent of a cameo appearance rather than a lead role, and that "it requires a great film director such as Daft Punk to use the person properly."[13][14] Gonzales previously recorded a cover version of Daft Punk's song "Too Long" that appeared on the 2003 album Daft Club.

References Edit

  1. Harrison, Andrew (June 2013). Template:Citation/make link. Q Magazine (323): 88–89. 
  2. Tregoning, Jack (March 23, 2013). Exclusive: Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories is 'smoking'. In The Mix. Retrieved on March 30, 2013. “[Nile] Rodgers has one word for the final product: 'It’s smoking.'”
  3. Mann, Tom (March 3, 2012). Chic: Interview with Nile Rodgers. Faster Louder. Retrieved on March 31, 2012.
  4. Lachman, Ed (April 11, 2013). Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators, Episode 3: Nile Rodgers. The Creators Project. YouTube. Retrieved on April 11, 2013. “[...] I feel like I'm working with contemporaries [...] with people who grew up with me and feel it the same way we felt the vibe when we were creating this stuff. It's like they went back to go forward (10:24 min).”
  5. Blistein, Jon (April 11, 2013). Nile Rodgers: New Daft Punk Album 'Went Back to Go Forward' (YouTube video). Rolling Stone. Retrieved on April 11, 2013.
  6. Billboard Staff (April 14, 2013). Daft Punk Tease New Album at Coachella, During 'Saturday Night Live', Reveal Guests. Billboard. Retrieved on April 14, 2013.
  7. Perron, Erwan, and Gancel, Alice (April 7, 2013). Daft Punk, interview-fleuve pour la sortie de Random Access Memories (French). Telerama. Retrieved on April 7, 2013.
  8. Baron, Zach (May 2013). Template:Citation/make link. GQ 83 (5): 76–82. 
  9. Tingen, Paul (July 2013). Template:Citation/make link. Sound on Sound (USA) 28 (9). 
  10. Lachman, Ed (April 3, 2013). Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators, Episode 1: Giorgio Moroder. The Creators Project. YouTube. Retrieved on April 3, 2013.
  11. Field Day Radio Episode 10. Field Day Festival (2 June 2012). Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  12. Courveille, Guillaume (27 March 2013). Gaillac. Chilly Gonzales: "Je suis un homme de mon temps" (French). La Depeche. Retrieved on 15 April 2013.
  13. Lachman, Ed (30 April 2013). Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators, Episode 6: Chilly Gonzales. The Creators Project. YouTube. Retrieved on 30 April 2013. “(07:15) - I was playing quite blindly in the end and was more like a cameo actor than an lead actor of any kind. And it requires a great film director such as Daft Punk to use the person properly.”
  14. Cubarrubia, RJ (30 April 2013). Chilly Gonzales Explains Daft Punk Harmonies (YouTube video). Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 30 April 2013.
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