Darude or Ville Virtanen is a Finland based DJ specializing in trance music. A highly respected DJ in his country, Darude is also a world-traveling DJ as he has appeared in many cities around the world. His progressive form of music is often dubbed as the "uplifting" trance which is often identified as the lighter form of Goa trance.
The well known DJ started his interest in electronic music since high school. While in college, he frequently provides demo tapes to various radio stations and would have considerable airtime. His music were also available in Mp3.com in the late 90s. It was also during this period that he earned the name Darude after playing "Rude Boy" four times in a single night.
Success came to Darude after his single "Sandstorm" was produced by Jaakko Salovaara, owner of the 16 Inch Record Label. The single was released in 1999 and immediately reached #3 in Finland. His song even stayed for 17 weeks in top in his country's dance chart. Because of his popularity in Finland, his name became recognized in UK and around the world.
After the success of "Sandstorm", Darude released his first album "Before the Storm". This album cemented his ability to make notable music as he was earned three Finnish Grammy Awards. More than 800,000 records were sold in many countries.
In 2003, Darude released "Rush". This album contained the hit singles "Next To You" and "Music". In 2007, his third album named "Label This!" was released. Both albums also made decent sales around the world.


• 2001: Before the Storm
• 2002: Before the Storm (Special Edition)
• 2003: Rush
• 2007: Label This!
• 2008: Label This! (US Edition)
• 1999: "Sandstorm" #3 UK
• 2000: "Feel the Beat" #1 (2 Weeks) Finland; #5 UK
• 2000: "Out of Control"
• 2001: "Out of Control (Back for More)" #13 UK
• 2003: "Music"
• 2003: "Next to You"
• 2007: "Tell Me"
• 2007: "My Game"
• 2008: "In The Darkness"
• 2008: "Selfless" (ft. Blake Lewis) - This charity track is a part of Dance4Life's digital release compilation.
• 2008: "I Ran (So Far Away)" (ft. Blake Lewis)
Official remixes
• 2000: Rising Star - "Touch Me (Darude Remix)"
• 2000: Rising Star - "Touch Me (Darude's Sandstorm Mix)"
• 2000: Blank & Jones - "Beyond Time (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: Boom! - "Boy Versus Girls (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: Barcode Brothers - "Dooh Dooh (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: JDS - "Nine Ways (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: Waldo's People - "No-Man's-Land (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: Waldo's People - "1000 Ways (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: ATB feat. York - "The Fields of Love (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: Safri Duo - "Played A-Live (The Bongo Song)(Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2000: The Thrillseekers - "Synaesthesia (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2001: Bleachin' - "Peakin' (Darude vs. JS16 Short Version)"
• 2001: Bleachin' - "Peakin' (Darude vs. JS16 Long Version)"
• 2001: JS16 - "Stomping System (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)"
• 2002: DJ Aligator - "Lollipop (Darude vs. JS16 Remix)
• 2005: DCX - "Flying High (DRD Remix)"
• 2008: Kenneth Thomas - "Stronger Creature (Darude Remix)"
• 2009: Randy Boyer & Kristina Sky feat. Cari Golden - "No Limit (Darude Remix)"
• 2009: Alex Kunnari - "Eternity (Darude Remix)"

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