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date: 12 August 2020

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Artistic identity in popular music is established and confirmed through multiple sources of media made available by production companies. Listeners receive information about the artist not only from what they hear, but also from various media sources, such as television, print, and the Internet. These media provide information communicating an artist’s personal background, beliefs, and goals. A coherently projected identity allows audiences to relate on a personal level with the artist, but what is the result of an incoherent mediation? A specific focus on the electronic dance music group Daft Punk engages questions about the assumed equality of the varying media used to mediate artistic identity. This article examines the result of conflicting authorial information for Daft Punk, and further, the impact of that incoherent mediation on artistic identity, authenticity, and reception.

Keywords: artistic identity, mediation, agency, Daft Punk, authorship, audience

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