Jean-Benoît Dunckel

Jean-Benoît Dunckel
Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Air @ Teatro La Cúpula 1.jpg
Jean-Benoît Dunckel performing in 2010 as one half of Air
Background information
Born (1969-09-07) 7 September 1969 (age 49)
Versailles, Île-de-France, France
GenresElectronica, downtempo, space rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, composer
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, drums, percussion
Associated actsAir, Tomorrow's World, Darkel, JB Dunckel, Starwalker

Jean-Benoît Dunckel (born 7 September 1969) is a French musician best known for being one half of the French music duo Air, along with Nicolas Godin.[1]

In the 1980s, he formed the band Orange with Alex Gopher, Xavier Jamaux and Jean de Reydellet. He studied mathematics and physics and taught at a middle school in Paris, before embarking on a career as a professional musician. Since 1995, he has been one of two members of the band Air, along with his partner Nicolas Godin.

Working under the name "Darkel" he released his first solo album, Darkel, in September 2006 ("dunkel" is the German word for "dark").

In April 2009, a concert was held in Paris to launch the release of MaJiKer's first album, Body-Piano-Machine, with guest vocalist Camille and a DJ set by Dunckel.[2]

In 2011, he formed the electronica side project Tomorrow's World with Lou Hayter of New Young Pony Club. Their first album, Tomorrow's World, was released in 2013.

Dunckel collaborated with Icelander Barði Jóhannsson under the name Starwalker and released an E.P. in March 2014 featuring "Losers Can Win" and "Bad Weather". A new song not featured on the E.P. was issued in November 2014, called "Blue Hawaii". In April 2016, a self-titled full-length album was released.[3]

In March 2015 he issued the 4-track mini-album titled The Man Of Sorrow. Also in 2015, he composed the soundtrack for the film The Summer of Sangailé. The soundtrack album was released on 24 July.


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (1 November 2000). Alternative rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-87930-607-6. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  2. ^ MySpace live preview Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine., April 2009.
  3. ^ Band's homepage
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