Aeli’s own particular combination began in Tunisia. Trained in Jazz guitar, Classical piano, and drums from an early age, music has always been a part of the producer’s life. While still in high school, Aeli performed as a guitarist at Fusion Festival in Germany with the Experimental Punk band, The Ursula Minor. It was in France that Aeli started to explore music production. In 2011, he completed the UMC - Urban Music Certificate at the SAE Institute in Paris.
Aeli's first body of work as a solo producer, “Palimpsest”, was released in 2014. It is a Rap album in which Aeli collaborated with American and French rappers. In 2016, he released a second project called “Late Future Calls”, focusing on instrumental music. Followed by “Late Future Calls Remixed” (2017), a remixed version of the EP that presents three of Aeli’s pieces reinterpreted by artists such as Daedelus, Deft and Know V.A. In the beginning of 2018, "Zoetrope" was released. Translating his background into a story that allowed Aeli to narrate his identity and path, creating this autobiographical project.
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.
"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
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. After a wave of recognition, Aeli was invited to perform in Red Bull Music Academy Weekender 2016 and Sole DXB, consecutively for four years. His latest Sole DXB 2018 performance hosted by Farfetch was alongside Joey BadA$$ and Damianito.
In 2017, Aeli was selected by Leo Burnett Worldwide to be Music and Sound Consultant in one of the company’s most ambitious projects: a 2000 people 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 2018, Aeli was part of Puma RS-0 Sound Campaign and has been interviewed for the promotional video. The same year, Aeli composed the original soundtracks for a short film, “Forthcoming”, by the Emirati director Aiham AlSubaihi. The film was showcased at the Arab Film Studio awards.
Aeli and his manager Maryam recently started a new initiative: a monthly event series named Trapped Beasts, showcasing the wide spectrum of local and international Bass Music artists.
Aeli had his music stamped and approved by renowned artists. 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 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.