As the hype cycle surrounding Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories continues on, the French electronic duo spoke with Stryker of our sister station KROQ in Los Angeles for a rare radio interview. Calling from New York where they were doing a small bit of promo earlier this month, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo discussed everything from connecting with the album’s various collaborators to their feelings on director J.J. Abrams taking over the Star Wars franchise. Yes, the robots have feelings about Jedis.
“We feel really good [about it],” Bangalter said of Abrams’ new directorial role in the rebooted Star Wars franchise. “We’ve always been big fans of his work. I happened to have met J.J. a few years back, and he’s a really cool guy. He seems to be the perfect candidate to keep the Force alive.”
Bangalter copped to being a fan of the Abrams-helmed TV show Lost, including the polarizing series finale. “As Pharrell would sing in ‘Get Lucky,’ ‘All ends with beginnings,’” he joked, referencing the producer-vocalist’s lyrics on their collaborative hit, currently at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart.
They were also excited to report that they have a fan in former Beatle Paul McCartney.
“We haven’t met him, but we have some mutual friends and we learned that he also liked the album, which is really incredible to hear,” Bangalter said. “He was really responsive to the record. It’s cool. It goes with the idea behind RAM, which was being able to interact with the musicians that have inspired us.”
“I ran into him at Henson Recording Studios when they were recording the ‘We Are the World’ 25th anniversary [version] with Quincy Jones for the Haiti hurricane, but we didn’t speak,” Bangalter explained.
“I [only] saw his car in the parking lot of the studio, and I stopped and stared for two minutes at it,” added de Homem-Christo. “It would be too overwhelming to meet Brian Wilson. I think I would faint. Another time in the same parking lot I saw Mick Jagger, but from the back, walking away. I didn’t get lucky.”