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Background information
Birth name Ville Virtanen
Born July 17, 1975 (1975-07-17) (age 34)
Origin Eura, Finland
Genres Trance, Hard Trance, House
Occupations Record producer, DJ
Years active 1999–present
Labels Helsinki Music Company (Finland), Robbins Entertainment (U.S.), Magic Records (Poland)

Ville Virtanen (born July 17, 1975), better known by his stage name Darude is a trance producer and DJ from Eura, Hinnerjoki, Finland. Debuting in 1995, he released the hit single "Sandstorm" in late 1999 and subsequent album Before the Storm. Darude is known worldwide for his progressive/uplifting style.[citation needed]




Virtanen started his career as an amateur musician while in high school, making music using his PC's tracker software. As his interest in music production rapidly grew, he moved on to more serious production techniques.

While at a classmate's party, Virtanen played the song "Rude Boy" (written by Swedish artist Leila K) four times. This earned him the nickname "Rude Boy," which gradually morphed into "Da Rude", which in turn inspired the name "Darude."[citation needed]

Virtanen continued producing music while in technical school, occasionally releasing demos to radio stations beginning in 1997, and offering his music for download on In 1999, he gave a demo for "Sandstorm" to his producer, JS16 (Jaakko Salovaara). Virtanen signed on with JS16's 16 Inch Records label, and shortly thereafter, "Sandstorm" was released as a single.

Early career

"Sandstorm" was a smash hit # 3 in Finland and UK, selling platinum and holding the #1 spot on the Finnish Dance Chart for seventeen consecutive weeks. Word quickly spread about the track, which found global success. After becoming the #3 single in the United Kingdom[1] (becoming the first record by a Finnish artist to do so), "Sandstorm" eventually sold 2 million units worldwide, and was the world's biggest selling 12-inch single in 2000.[2]

Shortly thereafter, Darude released his debut album, Before the Storm, selling 800,000 copies worldwide, topping the Finnish album charts, and earning him three Finnish Grammy awards. Before the Storm was produced by JS16, and features two of his remixes.

Darude's second single, "Feel the Beat," followed the success of "Sandstorm", reaching #1 in Finland for 2 weeks and #5 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Subsequent releases, "Out of Control," and "Out of Control (Back for More)" (a remix of the former, featuring vocals by Tammie Marie) failed to match the success of Darude's first two singles.

Darude began a successful world tour in 2001, releasing Before the Storm: Australian Tour Edition in the process. 2002 saw the release of Before the Storm: Special Edition, featuring a collection of remixes of Darude's work. Since the release of Rush, Darude has remained on the road, particularly the United States and Eastern Europe.

In 2003, Darude released his second album, Rush, along with singles "Music" and "Next to You". All three had modest success, with Rush reaching #4 in weekly Finnish album sales and "Next to You" being commonly featured in DJ mixes.

Recent developments

Darude performing in El Salvador in 2004
Darude performing at The Docks, Toronto, 2007

Darude is currently ranked #58 on the DJ List as of May 18, 2008[3] and #116 in the DJ Mag Top 100.[4]

Darude posted his singles "Tell Me" and "My Game" from his new album Label This! on his official MySpace page. "Tell Me" was released in Finland on April 11, 2007 and "My Game" on September 19, 2007.

The Finnish release date for Label This! was October 24, 2007.

World famous Brazilian mixed martial arts star and former PRIDE FC Middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva currently uses "Sandstorm" as his entrance music for fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.



2001 Before the Storm
  • Released: May 8, 2001
1 6 18 34 36 9 14
2003 Rush
  • Released: July 15, 2003
4 11
2007 Label This!
  • Released: October 27, 2007


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
FIN[5] FIN Dance UK[6] IRE[7] NOR[8] SWE[9] NED[10] AUT[11] FRA[12] CAN[13] AUS[14] U.S. Dance[15] U.S.[16]
1999 "Sandstorm" 3 1 3 3 1 6 8 13 14 1 40 5 83 Before the Storm
2000 "Feel the Beat" 1 1 5 10 18 18 19 24 25 7 20 5
"Out of Control"
2001 "Out of Control (Back for More)" 12 13 52 50 72 45
2003 "Music" 1 1 51 88 Rush
"Next to You" 1
2007 "Tell Me" 1 Label This!
"My Game" 4
2008 "In the Darkness"
"Selfless" ft. Blake Lewis Dance4Life
"I Ran (So Far Away)" ft. Blake Lewis Label This! (US Edition)

Official remixes

  • 2000: Rising Star - "Touch Me (Darude Remix)"
  • 2000: Rising Star - "Touch Me (Darude's Sandstorm Mix)"
  • 2000: Blank & Jones - "Beyond Time (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: Boom! - "Boy Versus Girls (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: Barcode Brothers - "Dooh Dooh (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: JDS - "Nine Ways (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: Waldo's People - "No-Man's-Land (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: Waldo's People - "1000 Ways (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: ATB feat. York - "The Fields of Love (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: Safri Duo - "Played A-Live (The Bongo Song)(Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2000: The Thrillseekers - "Synaesthesia (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2001: Bleachin' - "Peakin' (Darude vs. JS16 Short Version)"
  • 2001: Bleachin' - "Peakin' (Darude vs. JS16 Long Version)"
  • 2001: JS16 - "Stomping System (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2002: DJ Aligator - "Lollipop (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)
  • 2003: Gizelle - "Falling Over You (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
  • 2004: Klamydia - "Darude's Aleksi Mutation"
  • 2008: Kenneth Thomas - "Stronger Creature (Darude Remix)"
  • 2009: Randy Boyer & Kristina Sky feat. Cari Golden - "No Limit (Darude Remix)"
  • 2009: Alex Kunnari - "Eternity (Darude Remix)"
  • 2010: J. Nitti feat. Rowetta - "No More Comin' Down (Darude Remix)"


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