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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 MP3.com. 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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  • guwno3d

    lol u stupid

    29 Aug 2:48pm Reply
  • DeusDaEDM

    SARUDE - DANDSTORM

    29 Aug 7:49am Reply
  • DeusDaEDM

    Darude is Trance and not Techno, go to school.

    29 Aug 7:48am Reply
  • PanSheen

    dudududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududududu

    27 Aug 1:38pm Reply
  • guwno3d

    my fav techno, better than aphex twins

    27 Aug 11:22am Reply
  • N2Osystems

    WHAT SONG IS THIS?

    26 Aug 6:44am Reply
  • listentoyourfap

    dudududududududududududududududududududu

    25 Aug 8:11pm Reply
  • EmoCrewWatching

    DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU

    24 Aug 2:09pm Reply
  • Alin_

    darudesu sandstormchan

    22 Aug 7:05pm Reply
  • Elek1d

    Darudino Sandstormino

    22 Aug 10:45am Reply
  • ElectroHouse42

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ [2]

    22 Aug 10:38am Reply
  • Alin_

    needs more sandstorm :'D

    21 Aug 7:41pm Reply
  • eddie_din

    guys song name pls Kappa

    15 Aug 3:08pm Reply
  • elspek

    DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU

    13 Aug 2:52pm Reply
  • gijsz0r

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

    13 Aug 1:39pm Reply
  • DrunkenSeagull

    DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU

    12 Aug 3:41pm Reply
  • BogdaNYeah

    DUDUDUDUDUDU POWER

    10 Aug 6:16pm Reply
  • MatheusHangar18

    name song?

    10 Aug 12:14pm Reply
  • ProPowerMan

    da rude boy - dudududududududuusong

    9 Aug 2:07pm Reply
  • Gigudrion

    sarude - dududustorm

    6 Aug 6:28am Reply
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