Born and raised in Tunis, studied in Paris and now based in Dubai, Aeli is a Producer and a DJ. His multifaceted oeuvre includes Future Beats, Neo Hip-Hop and Trap with some traces of North African traditional music. His compositions, as well as his sets, continuously evolve, integrating sounds from variety of influences. Aeli focuses on creating moods and dynamics to connect with his listeners.
His influences include composers such as Nine Inch Nails and The Mars Volta in their way to push boundaries in total freedom with having a true and unique identity.
Music has always been a part of the producer’s life. He started learning drums, guitar and piano since an early age. Aeli performed as a guitarist at Fusion Festival in Germany with the Experimental Punk band, The Ursula Minor, before going into production and DJ’ing.
In 2013, Aeli co-produced "Mars EP", alongside Omar Aloulou. The Parisian Beat-maker duo, known as TocqueCity, produced for a French rapper, Mal'T.
Aeli's first body of work as a solo producer, “Palimpsest”, was released in 2014. "Palimpsest" is a Rap album in which Aeli collaborated with American and French rappers such as Crash Ddz and Melo Mendes. In 2016, Aeli released a second project called “Late Future Calls”, focusing more on instrumental music. Followed by, “Late Future Calls Remixed” (2017), a remixed version of the album that presents three of Aeli’s pieces reinterpreted by artists like Daedelus, Deft, Nasrawi and others.
"Dubai-based beat producer Aeli dropped his astounding debut album, Late Future Calls, an eight-track collection of futuristic rap and trap bangers heavily influenced by the sounds of North Africa and the Middle East."
- Complex UK
In Aeli's approach, performing live is as important as studio producing. He shared the stage with eminent artists such as Soulection's Joe Kay, Jarraeu Vandal, The Whooligan, Iamnobodi, as well as Earl Sweatshirt, Ekali and Daedelus. During his involvement with The 264 Cru, an innovative collective of DJs and creative individuals, Aeli took part in organizing and performing at a weekly event known as Karak Beats. Aeli has also toured around Dubai, Paris, Tunis, Istanbul, Prague, and Manila. Playing live goes beyond DJing, Aeli uses his studio controllers and synthesisers when he performs. After a wave of recognition, Aeli was invited to perform in Red Bull Music Academy Weekender and Sole DXB consecutively for three years.
In 2017, Aeli was selected by Leo Burnett Worldwide to be the Music and Sound Consultant in one of the company’s most ambitious projects: a 2000 persons private event in Prague. An immersive experience in which Aeli designed every single aspect of the sound and had the chance to collaborate with international artists such as Poetic Kinetics and Bompas & Parr.
In the beginning of 2018, "Zoetrope", an instrumental, "autobiographical" project was released.
the cinematic, evocative music makes perfect sense. It’s a jumble of past, present and future; in various parts quiet and loud, soothing and ominous, clear and chaotic.
Aeli had his music stamped and approved by renowned artist. The Gaslamp Killer played “Guasba Lik” in XLR8R mix and at Kutmah Launch Party Boiler Room Set in Berlin. While Habibi Funk played Aeli’s track “Habibi", featuring Soulection’s Jarreau Vandal, in his set at Boiler Room Beirut.
To forge his musical identity and pay homage to his roots and folklore, Aeli continuously works on expanding his knowledge of the Tunisian spicy culture and integrates it into his work. The learning process is endless when it involves passion.