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The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name "Swedish Egil" is of course, is he really Swedish? The answer is unmistakably yes. Born in Malmo, Sweden, Egil's musical career began when he started working as a DJ in the active club circuit in Scandinavia and all over Europe. Then, in 1976 Egil left Sweden for the United States. Landing in Los Angeles, he quickly became a DJ, music director and booking agent for several major nightclubs and special events including post-Oscar and Grammy parties. Egil DJ’ed at clubs and events all over the Los Angeles area including the Playboy Mansion. 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 musical background to create instant overnight buzz on KROQ. In addition to his on-air DJ duties, Egil hosted, produced and/or created special feature programming for KROQ including Love-Line and Reggae Revolution. He helped break many artists into the mainstream including NEW ORDER, DEPECHE MODE, NIRVANA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and UB40. At KROQ for nearly 10 years, Egil became one of the most recognized and respected radio personalities in Los Angeles. In 1991 Swedish Egil accepted a rare opportunity to develop his music director skills and visionary style. He left KROQ to join L.A.'s new MARS-FM. The station became well known for its role in introducing America to the techno/house/rave music phenomenon. At MARS-FM Egil was responsible for "picking the hits" and breaking new artists such as THE ORB, 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. Egil’s shows reached over 200 markets in America. Egil also became Executive Producer and Host of GROOVE TV, a music video television companion to Groove Radio, which was broadcast to 4.6 million homes in Los Angeles and earned him a 1995 BILLBOARD MAGAZINE nomination for Best Local/Regional TV show in Dance Music. In 1995 the GROOVERADIO.COM web site became available on the Internet, becoming one of the earliest streamers in the world with live broadcasts of Orbital from London's Wembley Arena and from the recording studio of The Future Sound of London. Shortly thereafter in 1996, GROOVE RADIO 103.1FM exploded onto the L.A. airwaves, fulfilling Egil's dream of launching the first full-time 24/7 FM station in America devoted to the dance music format and the art of DJ’ing. GROOVE RADIO 103.1 gained unprecedented notoriety for its innovative programming and groundbreaking music format and became the catalyst for dance music's exposure across the entire United States. The station acknowledged club life as a lifestyle and was covered by such publications as L.A. TIMES, USA TODAY, BILLBOARD, and L.A. WEEKLY. ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and TURNER BROADCAST NETWORK also covered it on national television. Groove Radio 103.1 helped launch and expose artists and DJs such as THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, DAFT PUNK, ARMAND VAN HELDEN, FATBOY SLIM, and CARL COX in the U.S. In 1997, Egil started “egil_music” – his own record label imprint with Priority Records. With worldwide distribution through EMI, Egil released numerous dance music compilations mixed by himself and other renowned DJ’s such as CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE and APHRODITE. In 1998, Egil signed on to program Dance music for SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO, America's first satellite-to-car radio network. Egil expanded GROOVERADIO.COM in the year 2000. In 2001 GROOVERADIO.COM became the Arbitron-rated #1 Electronic Dance Music internet radio station, and also ranked in the Top 5 radio stations overall among thousands of stations on the internet. GROOVE RADIO has hosted countless ground-breaking artists live on the air including SASHA, TIESTO, PAUL OAKENFOLD, RONI SIZE, PETE TONG, BT, BASEMENT JAXX, CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE, GROOVE ARMADA, MOBY, CHEMICAL BROTHERS, CARL COX, JOHN DIGWEED, THE CRYSTAL METHOD, JUDGE JULES, MARK FARINA, SANDRA COLLINS, MIXMASTER MIKE, FERRY CORSTEN and more. With GROOVE RADIO, Egil had hosted numerous groundbreaking dance music events including raging WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE parties in Miami and the always successful annual HOLIDAY GROOVE PARTY/TOY DRIVE in Hollywood which hit a new high in 2009 at PLAYHOUSE in Hollywood with performances by DAVE DRESDEN, CRYSTAL METHOD, TOMMY LEE & AERO, SANDRA COLLINS, MORGAN PAGE, 12TH PLANET, MATT CERF, DJ DAN, KILL THE NOISE and many more. Since the beginning Egil has made enormous contributions towards spreading the gospel of dance music in Los Angels, earning him the nickname “The Godfather” of dance music in LA. Egil has been widely recognized for all of his achievements in the worlds of radio and dance music. He was given the INDUSTRY INSIDER LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD and in 2003 he was voted BEST RADIO DJ by DANCE STAR USA for his work on the POWER TOOLS MIX SHOW. Presently, Egil is soaring ever higher. To this day, Egil continues to host programs for SIRIUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO. He hosts daily shifts on FIRST WAVE (80’s/New Wave) and his GROOVE RADIO INTERNATIONAL show airs every week on the AREA channel (Electronic Dance Music). He continues to head up GROOVERADIO.COM and produce GROOVE RADIO INTERNATIONAL, which recently celebrated 17 years of syndication. Egil co-hosts the weekly mix-show POWER TOOLS on L.A.'s POWER 106FM alongside Richard Vission. Egil has become one of the most loved DJ’s to ever come out of Los Angeles. With several mix-compilations on the retail market, Egil also now works alongside PAUL OAKENFOLD at his label PERFECTO RECORDS where Egil helps hand pick the best and brightest rising stars of today’s musical circuit to do production work for PERFECTO. Egil’s own remix work through PERFECTO can be heard and purchased all over the globe on iTunes, BEATPORT.COM, and many other digital music outlets. Due to his impeccable ability to genre hop between House, Trance, Electro, Progressive, Fidget, and more, SWEDISH EGIL continues to thrill and excite dance music fans all over the globe with his radio shows as well as his live performances. Egil has DJ’ed all over the United States, Europe, and Japan, performing at numerous clubs, venues, and events including acclaimed MAIN-STAGE performances in Los Angeles at the annual MONSTER MASSIVE and TOGETHER AS ONE festivals. With Egil having lifted audiences of 50,000 people to new heights at these events, it is no wonder that crowds all over burst into applause anytime they here his signature intro drops “Tranquility base here…the Egil has landed….”