Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen (Finnish: [ˈtoniˌʋilːe ˈhenrik ˈʋirtɑnen]; born July 17, 1975), better known by his stage name Darude (), is a Finnish DJ and record producer from Eura, Satakunta. His music is characterised by its progressive/uplifting style. He started making music in 1995 and released the platinum-selling hit single "Sandstorm" in late 1999. His debut studio album, Before the Storm, was released on September 18, 2000 and sold 800,000 copies worldwide, earning Darude three Finnish Grammy Awards. It peaked at number one on Finland's Official List and number 6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart in the United States. Darude's second studio album, Rush, reached number 11 on the Billboard dance chart in 2003 and number 4 on weekly album chart in Finland.His third studio album, Label This! was released in 2007. Though it did not chart as high as his previous albums, Gawker praised the album's single "In the Darkness" as "a floating, gossamer piece of trance music... it's tightly composed, easy to dance to, and has a soaring, undeniable hook." In 2011, he co-founded the record label EnMass Music, through which he has released a number of mix compilations related to his radio show Salmiakki Sessions. After performing at festivals such as the tenth anniversary of Tomorrowland in 2014 and Future Music Festival in 2015, he released his most recent studio album, Moments, on August 14, 2015, followed by a tour of the United States and Canada in September 2015. He represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, alongside singer Sebastian Rejman, with the song "Look Away".
Tracks recently played by Darude on House Party Radio
- Darude X Afrojack & DISTO - Sandstorm (Dj Allan My City Festival Bootleg) last played 6 days, 4 hours, 57 minutes, 17 seconds ago - Song Lyrics Buy on Amazon
- Steff Da Campo Vs. Don Diablo CID Vs Darude Vs DJ Jeff - Sandstorm Hot In Here (GOZZI Bootleg) last played 1 week, 1 day, 16 hours, 57 minutes, 46 seconds ago - Song Lyrics Buy on Amazon
- Darude - Sandstorm last played 1 week, 4 days, 7 hours, 22 minutes, 47 seconds ago - Song Lyrics Buy on Amazon
- Darude X Afrojack & DISTO - Sandstorm (Dj Allan My City Festival Bootleg) [Intro Clean] last played 4 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, 5 hours, 31 minutes, 47 seconds ago - Song Lyrics Buy on Amazon