Nicolas Godin studied architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, and Jean-Benoît Dunckel studied mathematics before forming a band in 1995. Before founding Air, Dunckel and Godin played together in the band Orange, with others such as Alex Gopher, Xavier Jamaux and Jean de Reydellet. The former two have subsequently contributed to remixes of tracks recorded by Air.
Initially Nicolas Godin was alone. He recorded a demo with members of Funkadelic as his backing band before releasing his first entirely solo effort ‘Modular Mix’, which featured production by Étienne de Créc