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(1999 – present)

Darude is known worldwide for his anthemic trance style. He is an electronic dance music producer, DJ and lives in Turku, Finland. He debuted in 1999 with the smash single Sandstorm (#1 hit in numerous charts around the world) and subsequent album Before the Storm.

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.”

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.

“Sandstorm” was a smash hit in Finland, topping the Finnish Single Chart, 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 record in 2000.


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    guys song name pls Kappa

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    name song?

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    da rude boy - dudududududududuusong

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    sarude - dududustorm

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    darude - sandstorm [2]

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    darude - sandstorm

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    Darude - Burrowstrike

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  • TimeNoise

    231 times playing this song. darude stronk!

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    TI4 HYPE

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  • torspoo

    "RUSH" album is just soooo good!

    18 Jul 11:17pm Reply
  • Rickjedebeste

    What's the name of the song he's the most famous for?

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