Elie Sandberg was born in Gothenburg in Sweden in 1989. Growing up with his single mother, his earliest memories of music was when she took him to her classes in Balkan ring dances, getting infatuated with the sounds of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Romania. He was also taught Swedish folk music on violin and clarinet at an early age but recalling Bob Marley and Habib Koité as musical idols at the time. This set the stage for a very broad interest in many of the world music genres that Elie continues to draw inspiration from to this day.
Elie met Erik Petterson Sjöquist in school when they were both 12 years old. Heavy into Frank Zappa and 70’s rock at the time, they named their first band Eldrupeed, by turning the name of Erik’s favorite band Deep Purple upside down.
After high school they traveled extensively both alone and together, making street music part of their livelihood. Elie & the Engine was formed in 2015. After just a few months they released their first album Bring The Light through local label Rexius Records. A year later Elie & the Engine released their second album Burglar’s Flight. Consisting of eight very different songs, some of which were early recordings made by Elie in places he had traveled to.
In the fall of 2016, Elie decided to put the Engine on ice, mainly because he and his girlfriend were expecting a son in the spring of 2017. In 2018, the band was resurrected. Elie and Erik started to collaborate with different musicians in the Gothenburg area, mostly active in the jazz and world music scene. A new sound emerged, the base still being the songwriting of Elie, but venturing into the world of jazz and west African music, funk, and soul.