Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter has been spotted in the studio with Lil Nas X, sparking rumors that the duo are working together.
In a studio video shared by the ‘Old Town Road’ hitmaker earlier this week and later shared by fans on TikTok, a man who looks like Bangalter can be seen briefly walking around with a guitar.
Neither artist has confirmed or shared information about their possible collaboration. NME has reached out to the Lil Nas X team for comment.
Am I hallucinating or is it Thomas Bangalter in the studio with Lil Nas X???? pic.twitter.com/EF87y7Vupl
— Phoenix 909 (@Phoenix_909) June 15, 2022
It’s the first rumored studio appearance for either Daft Punk member – Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – since they announced their split in February last year, after having been together for 28 years.
The Parisian duo, considered one of the most influential electronic artists of all time, confirmed the news in an eight-minute video titled “Epilogue” which featured footage from their 2006 sci-fi film. Electrome.
Their last performance came in 2017, when they joined The Weeknd to perform that final track at the Grammys. Check out footage from some of their latest shows here.
Bangalter is working on the score for a new ballet, Mythologies, which will be co-produced by the Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Ballet Preljocal. It will take place over 90 minutes and will address, according to one translation, the “founding myths that shape the collective imagination”.
It will take place from July 1 to 10, 2022 at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in Bordeaux and will be directed by Angelin Preljocal, choreographer and founder of Ballet Preljocal.
Meanwhile, Lil Nas X shared a snippet of a new song on his Twitter page earlier this week, writing in the accompanying caption, “Yet another snippet I will never post.”
In April, he announced his “Long Live Montero” tour. The North American leg is set to kick off Sept. 6 in Detroit before continuing to Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles and more.
In November, the tour will head to Europe and the UK, with shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and the Eventim Apollo in London among them. Get all remaining tickets here.