Born in 1951 in Bruges, Jean-Marie Aerts grew up on the Belgian coast. As a teenager, he discovered pop music and decided to learn to play the guitar, practising with The Crew, a band from Zeebrugge. In the 1970s, he moved to Brussels and studied at the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound. He got his first gig as an acoustic guitarist for a performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It at the Royal Flemish Theatre.

Considered a promising young talent, he was soon invited to join studio recording sessions of major Dutch artists such as Raymond van het Groenewoud, Kaz Lux and Johan Verminnen. In the 1980s, he joined a well-known Belgian rock group T.C. MATIC and became part of the flourishing music scene. He has built a strong reputation over the years as a musician, composer and studio producer.

In the mid-1990s, he launched an independent project, releasing three albums to date: Autonome, Parbleu and Domeztik.