Working under the name "Darkel", Dunckel released his debut 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 debut album Body-Piano-Machine with guest vocalistCamille and a DJ set from Jean-Benoît Dunckel from Air.
In the 1980s, he formed the band Orange with Nicolas Godin, Alex Gopher and Xavier Jamaux. He studied mathematics and physics and taught at a college in Paris, before embarking on a career as a professional musician. Since 1995, he has been one of two members of the band Air, the other is Nicolas Godin.
In 2011 he formed the electronica side project Tomorrow's World with Lou Hayter of New Young Pony Club, who released their self-titled debut album album in 2013.