Real Name:
Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen
EDM producer & DJ from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland.
Owner of the label EnMass Music.

His career in music started back in school when he used his PC to wile away his hours making happy hardcore tunes, however the limits of the PC [and happy hardcore] soon started to frustrate Ville and he moved onto creating sounds in the studio.

At a pre-party at his friend's house, Ville played "Rude Boy" by Swedish singer Leila K several times in a row which lead to his friends calling him 'Rude Boy', which he started using as his nickname online and when making music. 'Rudeboy' was shortened 'The Rude' and finally 'Da Rude', which was further combined 'Darude' for the logo when the first single 'Sandstorm' was released.

Unlike many other dance music producers, Darude doesn't have a DJ background, though he DJs regularly these days. Before he started producing music, he was really into listening to music and going clubbing and that's where his "education" and wide taste in music comes from. His musical career took off, when he gave Finnish producer Jaakko Salovaara (JS16) a demo CD with 'Sandstorm' on it. Jaakko signed Darude up to 16 Inch Records. The single 'Sandstorm' was the first release on the label and jumped directly to Nr.1 in the dance chart and staying in the charts for 16 weeks. 'Sandstorm' has now sold platinum in many countries and was just RIAA certified 'Gold' for 500.000 downloads in USA.

In 2004 in addition to his live performances, Darude started focusing on touring as a DJ. As a DJ his style is a mix of progressive & uplifting trance, but he also plays tech, breaks and house tracks with even the occasional heavy metal samples, which mirrors his production style as well.

Darude Discography


74321 788112 Darude Before The Storm (Album, Comp) 16 Inch Records, RCA, BMG 74321 788112 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
BLCP-70003-2 Darude Rush (Album, Comp) 16 Inch Records, BMG Finland, RCA BLCP-70003-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
50-51442-7583-2-0 Darude Label This! (Album) HMC 50-51442-7583-2-0 Finland 2007 Sell This Version
none Darude Moments(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warner Music Finland none Finland 2015

Singles & EPs

74321 787022 Darude Sandstorm (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records 74321 787022 Scandinavia 1999 Sell This Version
74321820732 Darude Out Of Control (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, BMG, RCA 74321820732 Finland 2000 Sell This Version
NEO12045 Darude Feel The Beat (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, RCA NEO12045 UK 2000 Sell This Version
BANG 025 Darude / Ian Van Dahl / DJ Jean Darude / Ian Van Dahl / DJ Jean - Out Of Control / Castles In The Sky / Lift Me Up(12", W/Lbl) Bang On! BANG 025 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
TP002 M* / Darude M* / Darude - Europropaganda Summer 12"(12", Promo) Neo (2) TP002 UK 2001 Sell This Version
POP 4163 Gigi D'Agostino / Darude Gigi D'Agostino / Darude - L'Amour Toujours (I'll Fly With You) / Sandstorm / Out Of Control(12", Maxi) Popular Records POP 4163 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
GM 263 Darude Sandstorm (The Remixes)(12", W/Lbl) Groovilicious GM 263 US 2001 Sell This Version
06024 9807113 7 Darude Music (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records 06024 9807113 7 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
none Darude Next To You (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, RCA, BMG Finland Oy none Finland 2003 Sell This Version
HMCCDS-016 Darude Tell Me (Maxi) HMC HMCCDS-016 Finland 2007 Sell This Version
HMCCDS-026 Darude My Game(CD, Single) HMC HMCCDS-026 Finland 2007 Sell This Version
76869-72189-2 Darude Featuring Blake Lewis Darude Featuring Blake Lewis - I Ran (So Far Away) (Maxi, Single) Robbins Entertainment 76869-72189-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
none Darude In The Darkness (Single, Maxi) HMC, WEA none Scandinavia 2008 Sell This Version
none Darude Ft. AI AM Darude Ft. AI AM - Beautiful Alien (Single) Warner Music Finland none Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
BANG 20 Ratty / 4 Strings / Darude, Green Court Ratty / 4 Strings / Darude, Green Court - Sunrise / Day Time / Out Of Control / Shining(12", W/Lbl) Bang On! BANG 20 Australia Unknown Sell This Version


TMCD-87-04 Darude Hits & Remixes (Comp) Turbo Music! TMCD-87-04 Russia 2004 Sell This Version


none Orkidea & JS16 vs. Darude Orkidea & JS16 vs. Darude - Hale Bopp In The Darkness (Darude Mash)(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Darude Self-released) none Finland 2012
none Talla 2XLC Pres. Darude Talla 2XLC Pres. Darude - Sandstorm (Talla Remix)(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Talla 2XLC Self-released) none Germany 2016
none Darude Ft. Sebastian Reyman Darude Ft. Sebastian Reyman - Moments(CDr, Promo) Warner Dance Labels none Sweden 2016 Sell This Version


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May 26, 2003
Darude's catchy synth's with great bass make him on of the best trance artists around. Sandstorm is an all time classic and feel the beat is right up there with it.

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