Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
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De Homem-Christo performing in 2007 as one half of Daft Punk
Background information
Birth name Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem-Christo
Also known as Guy-Man
Born (1974-02-08) 8 February 1974 (age 40)
Origin Paris, France
Genres House, disco, nu-disco
Instruments Guitar, synthesizer, keyboards, drums, drum machine, programming
Years active 1992–present
Labels Crydamoure
Associated acts Darlin'
Daft Punk
Le Knight Club
Crydajam

Guillaume Emmanuel "Guy-Manuel" de Homem-Christo (French pronunciation: ​[ɡi manɥɛl də ɔmɛm kʁisto]; born 8 February 1974)[1] is a French electronic musician best known for being one half of the French house music duo Daft Punk, along with Thomas Bangalter. He has also produced several works from his record label Crydamoure with label co-owner Éric Chedeville. He and Chedeville formed the musical duo Le Knight Club.

Early life[edit]

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo was born in the Paris, France suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.[2] He stated that he is of Portuguese descent: his great-grandfather was the writer and fascism advocate Homem Cristo Filho,[3] whose father was the military figure Francisco Manuel Homem Cristo.[4]

In a video interview, de Homem-Christo stated that he was given a toy guitar and keyboard at around seven years of age.[5] He was eventually given an electric guitar at age 14. He also expressed that he usually uses a guitar when writing music.[6]

Career[edit]

De Homem-Christo met Thomas Bangalter when they were attending the Lycée Carnot school together in 1987. It was there that they discovered their mutual fascination for films and music of the 1960s and 70s, "very basic cult teenager things, from Easy Rider to the Velvet Underground".[7] The two and Laurent Brancowitz eventually joined to form an indie rock trio called Darlin', in which de Homem-Christo performed guitar. Bangalter felt that "It was still maybe more a teenage thing at that time. It's like, you know, everybody wants to be in a band."[7] A negative review referred to their music as "a daft punky thrash",[8] which inspired Bangalter and de Homem-Christo's new name.[9] The two soon became interested in electronic dance music after going to a club in 1992. De Homem-Christo is credited for designing the Daft Punk logo in the liner notes of Homework.

Regarding Daft Punk's creative process and working with Bangalter, de Homem-Christo commented that "he's much more of the tech guy than I am. We did everything together. But I have more distance". He added, "I'm more critical of everything we do. We're two halves of one solid combination. There's balance there — completeness between us, yeah".[10]

De Homem-Christo is also a co-founder of the group Le Knight Club, along with Éric Chedeville from Pumpking Records. They are the founders of the record label Crydamoure, named after a variation of the French phrase "cri d'amour" or "cry of love" in English. Crydamoure also published work by de Homem-Christo's brother Paul de Homem-Christo, under the name Play Paul. In regards to Crydamoure, he stated:

He produced Sébastien Tellier's 2008 album titled Sexuality.[12] In 2010, de Homem-Christo co-produced Kavinsky's Nightcall EP with SebastiAn.[13] In 2012, he was featured on Tellier's album My God Is Blue, producing the track "My Poseidon".

Personal life[edit]

Both he and Thomas Bangalter have expressed that they have very little or no interest in being celebrities or discussing their private lives.[14] Although the duo rarely grant interviews, de Homem-Christo is cited as being the less talkative and more introverted one, preferring to let Bangalter do the majority of talking to journalists. With regard to working and collaborating with other artists, he sees it as a matter of timing and creativity, rather than fame and opportunity. He once stated in an interview:

De Homem-Christo has two children.[16]

Discography[edit]

Le Knight Club[edit]

Singles
  • "Santa Claus / Holiday on Ice" (1997)
  • "Intergalaktic Disko" (1997)
  • "Troobadoor / Mirage" (1998)
  • "Boogie Shell" (1999)
  • "Hysteria" (1999)
  • "Gator / Chérie D'Amour" (2001)
  • "Doggystyle / Rhumba" (2002)
  • "Nymphae Song / Rhumba" (2002)
  • "Soul Bells" (2002)

Crydajam[edit]

Singles

The Eternals[edit]

Singles
  • "Wet Indiez (Shake That Bourrelet Remix)" (2000)

Albums produced[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daft Punk Musique Vol. 1 official website. Archived from April 10, 2006.
  2. ^ Perron, Erwan, and Gancel, Alice (April 7, 2013). "Daft Punk, interview-fleuve pour la sortie de Random Access Memories". Telerama (in French). telerama.fr. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Weiner, Jonah (May 21, 2013). "Daft Punk: All Hail Our Robot Overlords". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.parismatch.com/Culture/Musique/Le-vrai-visage-de-Daft-Punk-549279
  5. ^ Daft Punk interview in Japan (1/2) Retrieved on November 14, 2012.
  6. ^ Bryan Reesman, Daft Punk interview mixonline.com. Retrieved on March 6, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Matthew Collin, "Do You Think You Can Hide From Stardom?" Mixmag (August 1997) (archived at techno.de)
  8. ^ "Review of Shimmies In Super 8." Melody Maker Apr.-May 1993: n. pag. Web. 6 Apr. 2013.
  9. ^ Darlin' biography at Discogs. Retrieved on February 20, 2007.
  10. ^ Blurt, "Encounters of the Daft Kind" (September 2008) pgs. 28-29. Retrieved on July 26, 2009.
  11. ^ http://remixmag.com/mag/remix_robopop
  12. ^ Sébastien Tellier's Official MySpace MySpace. Retrieved on October 19, 2007.
  13. ^ http://isoongs.com/2010/03/kavinsky-%E2%80%93-nightcall-ep/
  14. ^ CANOE – JAM! Music – Artists – Daft Punk: Who are those masked men? canoe.ca. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
  15. ^ http://www.popjustice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1909
  16. ^ Baron, Zach (May 2013). "Daft Punk Is (Finally!) Playing at Our House". GQ 83 (5): 76–82. the two men are seated, sans disguises, outside at a café [...] They're talking about their kids (two each) 

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