Daft Punk's Retro Sci-Fi Style...
As a masked DJ/EDM Producer, I’m always looking to my counterparts for how they’re progressing with their look. Deadmau5 has the freedom to be as playful as he wants because he’s both the costume and not. Joel is not afraid to take the mask off during a regular DJ set some places and in his music video for Professional Greifers he doesn’t wear it at all. DJ Bl3nd who I don’t know much about has adopted a visual style that isn’t found in the world of music that he plays. That high energy progressive house doesn’t match the punk rock plaid pants and the Chucky mask with the neon green and orange mullet attached. But that’s all him. Then there’s Daft Punk, the originators.
Daft Punk have had a style that’s pushed into the futuristic. Showing up as a couple of MP3s in the film Tron Legacy which they also did the score for was probably the most modern sci-fi look they’ve had to date. Now they’re taking a step back to the late 70s, early 80s with a look that screams disco/funk and Star Wars. The helmet light shows have fallen by the wayside and now we’re getting shoulder padded sports coats with sequins everywhere and chain necklaces and turtle necks. What The Lonely Island did in irony, Daft Punk is owning completely.
That says a lot about Daft Punk and their iconography. They’re able to take these forms and costumes and do everything from the live band style performance they’re doing in the “Get Lucky” music video to the live show they did with Kanye West in the red outlined suits to the Alive 2007 tour stage set up and costumes. There’s the Electroma look as well which still has that gritty 1970s sci-fi feeling but without as much of the cheese and a dash more 2001.
Myself, my costume and mask tell a story that I’m creating with my designer as I go. To be fair the mask isn’t even finished and I’m not sure when it will be. It has intricate lighting, room for different paint jobs and tweaks and is designe to tell a story of a character who’s alone in the world.
What’s hard for me is deciding how to approach the character. It’s easy to see when Joel puts on the mask he becomes Deadmau5 and it’s a character performance. It’s impressive and showy and I love it. Then there’s the reality behind it of him just being a guy and that means that Deadmau5 as a character doesn’t get the privilege of blurring the line between the character and himself the way Daft Punk does. DJ Bl3nd is the same. Cazzette also wear masks and tell a story but started as normal unmasked DJs and take their masks off during sets.
So where will I find myself in a year when I’m touring, playing all over and the mask is how people see me? I don’t know yet. But I have a feeling I’ll want to go all in on it and my face won’t be the one you associate with Kento.