There are lots of Daft Punk covers, compilations, and remixes out there. This video is unique though. I decided to combine all the above approaches into a single video: a cover performance + a 12-song mashup + a dance remix. Get your dancing shoes ready!
I’ve covered one Daft Punk song before: Get Lucky. This time, I wanted to do something more “clubby”, and styled like a typical Daft Punk DJ set. No violins or accordions – this time it would a heavy beat and lots of synths. It was hard picking one song, however. Daft Punk has some great sounds and riffs, but it’s honestly a little boring playing one all the way through. So I decided to make a mashup (aka a compilation or medley) of Daft Punk songs. And I would mix them all together as a continuous dance remix.
Here’s the tracklist. It’s in no particular order. I tried to pick mostly what I considered the best Daft Punk songs. But I also threw in a few others just because I felt they would fit well in the mix.
- Da Funk
- Around the World
- Lose Yourself To Dance
- Digital Love
- Veridis Quo
- Instant Crush
- Get Lucky
- Harder Better Faster Stronger
- Television Rules the Nation
- One More Time
Daft Punk’s “bread and butter” may be their phat beats and synth sounds, but their unique vocal tracks really make their music stand out. Since this is a cover, I did not use any samples of Daft Punk. I used a bunch of Apple Loops for the drums, and I made my own versions of the vocals. Some Daft Punk songs just have highly processed vocals, with lots of compression, equalizer, and auto-tune. Examples of these are “Digital Love” and “One More Time.” A bunch of Daft Punk songs have robotic-sounding vocals. For these songs (e.g., “Around the World,” “Instant Crush,” “Harder Better Faster Stronger”), Daft Punk uses a vocoder. A vocoder takes a normal vocal track and combines it with a synthesizer.
Another “challenge” with making a dance video is that it’s kind of boring showing video of you playing musical instruments. The riffs are pretty simple, and things get pretty repetitive. So I thought I’d make it look like video at a club instead – with lots of crazy graphics and flashing lights. Luckily the Aeon Visualizer provided everything I needed.
Feel free to take this video to the gym for your workout. Or for mowing the lawn. Or for cleaning the house 🙂 Enjoy!