Darude

Real Name:
Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen
Profile:
EDM producer & DJ from Turku, Finland.
Owner of the label EnMass Music. Represented Finland in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

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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Albums

CDKLASS (WF) 006 Darude - Before The Storm album art Darude Before The Storm (Album, Comp) 16 Inch Records, RCA, BMG CDKLASS (WF) 006 South Africa 2000 Sell This Version
068 614-4 Darude - Rush album art Darude Rush (Album, Comp) 16 Inch Records, BMG Finland, RCA 068 614-4 Hungary 2003 Sell This Version
HMCCD-012 Darude - Label This! album art Darude Label This! (Album) HMC HMCCD-012 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
none Darude - Moments album art Darude Moments (Album) Warner Music Finland none Finland 2015

Singles & EPs

74321 787022 Darude - Sandstorm album art Darude Sandstorm (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records 74321 787022 Scandinavia 1999 Sell This Version
74321 82073 2 Darude - Out Of Control album art Darude Out Of Control (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, BMG, RCA 74321 82073 2 Finland 2000 Sell This Version
NEO12045 Darude - Feel The Beat album art 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
BANG 20 Darude - Sunrise / Day Time / Out Of Control / Shining album art 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 2001 Sell This Version
POP 4163 Darude - L'Amour Toujours (I'll Fly With You) / Sandstorm album art Gigi D'Agostino / Darude Gigi D'Agostino / Darude - L'Amour Toujours (I'll Fly With You) / Sandstorm(12", Maxi, Mono) Popular Records POP 4163 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
none Darude - Next To You album art Darude Next To You (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records, BMG Finland, RCA none Finland 2003 Sell This Version
none, AVTCDS-402 Darude - Music album art Darude Music (Maxi, Single) 16 Inch Records none, AVTCDS-402 Hong Kong 2003 Sell This Version
HMCCDS-016 Darude - Tell Me album art Darude Tell Me (Maxi) HMC HMCCDS-016 Finland 2007 Sell This Version
HMCCDS-026 Darude - My Game album art Darude My Game(CD, Single) HMC HMCCDS-026 Finland 2007 Sell This Version
Ransack006 Darude - Sandstorm Breaks album art DJ Ransack Vs. Darude DJ Ransack Vs. Darude - Sandstorm Breaks(CDr, Single, Promo) Ransack Records Ransack006 UK 2008 Sell This Version
76869-72189-2 Darude - I Ran (So Far Away) album art 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 album art Darude In The Darkness (Single, Maxi) HMC, WEA none Denmark 2008 Sell This Version
GP 0001 Darude - Crazy World album art 2AM Vs. Darude Featuring Georgia Haege 2AM Vs. Darude Featuring Georgia Haege - Crazy World(13xFile, FLAC, Single) GP US GP 0001 US 2011
none Darude - Beautiful Alien album art Darude Ft. AI AM Darude Ft. AI AM - Beautiful Alien (Single) Warner Music Finland none Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
5054197175220 Darude - Moments album art Darude Feat. Sebastian Reyman* Darude Feat. Sebastian Reyman* - Moments (Single) Warner Music Finland 5054197175220 Finland 2016 Sell This Version
none Darude - Release Me album art Darude Feat. Sebastian Rejman Darude Feat. Sebastian Rejman - Release Me (Single) Armada (4) none 2019
ARMAS1521 Darude - Superman album art Darude Feat. Sebastian Rejman Darude Feat. Sebastian Rejman - Superman (Single) Armada (4) ARMAS1521 Netherlands 2019
none Darude - Look Away album art Darude Feat. Sebastian Rejman Darude Feat. Sebastian Rejman - Look Away (Single) Armada (4) none 2019

Compilations

TMMC-87-04 Darude - Hits & Remixes album art Darude Hits & Remixes (Comp) Turbo Music! TMMC-87-04 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
CSRCD5453 Darude - Before The Storm / Believe album art Darude / 4 Strings Darude / 4 Strings - Before The Storm / Believe(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Box, Comp) Central Station CSRCD5453 Australia 2007 Sell This Version

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mjmoney23

mjmoney23

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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