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.
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Darude Discography Tracks


Darude Before The Storm (Album, Comp) 16 Inch Records, RCA, BMG Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Darude Rush (Album, Comp) 16 Inch Records, BMG Finland, RCA Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Darude Label This! (Album) HMC Finland 2007 Sell This Version
CSRCD5453 Darude / 4 Strings Darude / 4 Strings - Before The Storm / Believe(2xCD, Album, RE) Central Station CSRCD5453 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
none Darude Moments(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warner Music Finland none Finland 2015

Singles & EPs

Darude Sandstorm (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records Scandinavia 1999 Sell This Version
Darude Out Of Control (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, BMG, RCA Finland 2000 Sell This Version
Darude Feel The Beat (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, RCA 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
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
none Darude Before The Storm CD2(CDr, Single, Enh, Promo) Neo (2) none UK 2001 Sell This Version
Darude Music (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Darude Next To You (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, RCA, BMG Finland Oy Finland 2003 Sell This Version
Darude Tell Me (Maxi) HMC Finland 2007 Sell This Version
HMCCDS-026 Darude My Game(CD, Single) HMC HMCCDS-026 Finland 2007 Sell This Version
Darude Featuring Blake Lewis Darude Featuring Blake Lewis - I Ran (So Far Away) (Maxi, Single) Robbins Entertainment US 2008 Sell This Version
Darude In The Darkness (Single, Maxi) HMC, WEA Scandinavia 2008 Sell This Version
Darude Ft. AI AM Darude Ft. AI AM - Beautiful Alien (Single) Warner Music Finland Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
Darude Feat. Sebastian Reyman* Darude Feat. Sebastian Reyman* - Moments (Single) Warner Music Finland Finland 2016 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


Darude Hits & Remixes (Comp) Turbo Music! Russia 2004 Sell This Version


none Darude Sandstorm(Betacam SP, PAL) Neo Records Ltd. none UK 2000 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


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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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