By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer
When one thinks of tribute acts, the image of four middle age men dressed as The Beatles or Led Zeppelin playing the hits of their idols comes to mind. Now take that model and update it for the digital generation. This concept was exemplified with the Daft Punk tribute set played by DJ duo One More Time Friday night at Exit/In.
One More Time pays tribute to the house music icons by donning their trademark suits and helmets, performing atop a LCD covered pyramid and remixing their trademarks tracks. The setup is inspired by Daft Punk iconic “Alive 2007” tour, which was documented with the live album of the same name.
OMT spent a portion of their set mashing up some of the same material that appears on that album, such as the mash-up of “Around the World” & “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” While these mixes were finely executed, the best moments of the show were when the duo worked with material that hadn’t been previously remixed. Their remix of the TRON: Legacy cut “The Grid” was one of the best moments of the night.
They also touched on material from the group’s latest album, Random Access Memories. Placed towards the end of the set, reworkings of “Doin’ It Right” and “Get Lucky” showed that One More Time are more than just a cover act, they’re artists with their own ideas that don’t have to rely solely on familiarity to provide entertainment.
As with any tribute act, OMT is limited by the simple fact that they aren’t the real thing. Their set up is a simplified version of Daft Punk’s aesthetic. Even though they play the part well, they aren’t the icons, but that’s the fun of a tribute act – they’re self aware. They’re fans themselves and just want to share their fandom with others. This was clear to see with the final song played, which was from which the group got their namesake, “One More Time.” The duo did little remixing, and just let the song speak for itself. The night was meant to celebrate of the music of Daft Punk, and One More Time accomplished that beyond the shadow of a doubt.