Update: IT’S A HOAX? Daft Punk is headed to Shanghai for one night only on February 13th… and you don’t get to know where until the morning of the concert. You’ve got to head over to the 2nd floor of 58 Taicang Lu (near Xintiandi) to pre-book your ticket, give them 500RMB and keep your phone at ready on Wednesday.
From the Facebook page about the super secret hidden event:
“We don’t believe in the star system. We want the focus to be on the music. If we have to create an image, it must be an artificial image. That combination hides our physicality and also shows our view of the star system. It is not a compromise.”
“We’re trying to separate the private side and the public side. It’s just that we’re a little bit embarrassed by the whole thing. We don’t want to play this star system thing. We don’t want to get recognised in the streets. Yes. Everyone has accepted us using masks in photos so far, which makes us happy. Maybe sometimes people are a little bit disappointed but that’s the only way we want to do it. We think the music is the most personal thing we can give. The rest is just about people taking themselves seriously, which is all very boring sometimes.”
“I think people understand what we are doing. I know many people who maybe like the way we are handling things. People understand that you don’t need to be on the covers of magazines with your face to make good music. Painters or other artists, you don’t know them but you know what they are doing. We are very happy that the concept in itself is becoming famous.”
“In France, you speak of Daft Punk and I’m sure millions of people have heard it, but less than a few thousand people know our face – which is the thing we’re into. We control it, but it’s not us physically, our persons. We don’t want to run into people who are the same age as us, shaking our hand and saying, ‘Can I have your autograph?’ because we think we’re exactly like them. Even girls, they can fall in love with your music, but not with you. You don’t always have to compromise yourself to be successful. The playing with masks is just to make it funnier. Pictures can be boring. We don’t want all the rock n’ roll poses and attitudes – they are completely stupid and ridiculous today.”
“We never like to do the same thing twice. It’s more fun and entertaining for us to do something different, whether it’s wearing masks or developing a persona that merges fiction and reality. We’re happy to give back to the masses.”
And so what they’re giving you is anticipation of a secret night that hopefully won’t get shut down in five minutes like that Paul Van Dyke ordeal in 2002. For 500 RMB. Because, I guess, all Daft Punk mega-fans are rolling in dough.