he first thing that comes to mind when you hear the "Swedish Egil" is, is he really Swedish? The answer is unmistakably yes. He was born in Malmo, Sweden, collects well over 50,000 recordings and is well recognized in the industry for his incomparable knowledge of music. Egil's musical career began in the active club circuit in Scandinavia and Europe.
In 1976, Egil left for the states where in Los Angeles he became Music Director and booking agent to major nightclubs and special events including post-Oscar and Grammy parties. In 1982, Egil joined the most progressive radio station in the nation, KROQ-FM, with its "Rock of the 80s" format. Egil utilized his extensive background to create an overnight buzz on L.A. radio for nearly ten years. In addition to these on-air duties, Egil hosted, produced and/or created special feature programming for KROQ including Love-Line and Reggae Revolution - breaking many artists into the mainstream including ERASURE, NIRVANA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and UB40. Swedish Egil accepted a rare opportunity to develop his music director skills and visionary style when he left KROQ in 1991 to join L.A.'s new MARS-FM.
The station became well-known for its role in introducing America to the techno/rave music phenomenon where Egil was responsible for "picking the hits" and breaking new artists such as 2-UNLIMITED, THE PRODIGY, and MOBY. In 1992, Egil's company began syndicating programs devoted entirely to new music including Groove Radio International, The House Groove, Planet Reggae, and The Import Show; with commercial affiliate stations including WDRE/New York, 91X/San Diego, KEDJ/Phoenix, and Music Choice cable radio reaching over 200 markets in America. Egil also became Executive Producer and Host of GROOVE TV, a music video television companion to Groove Radio, broadcasting to 4.6 million homes in Los Angeles, and earning him a 1995 BILLBOARD MAGAZINE nomination for Best Local/Regional TV show in Dance Music.
GROOVE RADIO 103.1-FM exploded onto the L.A. airwaves in 1996, fulfilling Egil's dream of the first full-time 24/7 format in America devoted to new dance music and to the art of the DJ. GROOVE RADIO 103.1 gained an unprecedented notoriety for its innovative programming and groundbreaking music format and became the catalyst for dance music's exposure across the entire states. The station acknowledged club life as a lifestyle and was cited by such publications as L.A. TIMES, USA TODAY, BILLBOARD, and L.A. WEEKLY, as well as national television exposure by ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and TURNER BROADCAST NETWORK; exposing artists and DJs such as THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, DAFT PUNK, ARMAND VAN HELDEN, SNEAKER PIMPS, and CARL COX.
In 1997, Egil set up egil_music - his record label imprint through Priority Records, with worldwide distribution through EMI. In 1998, he signed on to program Dance music for SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO - America's first satellite-to-car radio network. He expanded GROOVERADIO.COM in the year 2000, which became the Arbitron-rated #1 electronic dance music format ranking top 5 among thousands of stations on the internet. Presently, Egil is soaring ever higher with national platform SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO, where his seasoned skills can be heard on stream Area 38 and First Wave (22).
He continues to head up GROOVERADIO.COM and co-host weekly mixshow "Powertools" on L.A.'s POWER 106FM. He had also become a DJ/artist in his own right with several mix-compilations on the retail market, and can also be found behind the decks of top clubs across the U.S.