Darude has become a name synonymous with driving beats coupled with passionate and energetic DJ sets which can be summed up in one word, PARTY!
Darude’s (Finnish DJ/artist/producer Ville Virtanen) grand entrance into the music industry came in 1999, when he slipped a demo CD to one of his idols, acclaimed Finnish dance producer, Jaakko ‘JS16’ Salovaara. Jaakko immediately snatched up Darude and signed him to his own label, 16 Inch Records. The two hit the studio together to put the final touches on the demo Darude had handed to Jaakko. The result of this studio time would be a track that would eventually spread to every corner of the world; that track was “Sandstorm”.
In addition to his artist albums, Darude’s music can be found in a variety of media. For example, Hollywood movies such as : “Ballistic, Ecks vs. Sever,” “Like Mike” and the recent “Fun With Dick and Jane”, Playstation games, mobile ring tones and heavily viewed sports broadcasts like the Ice Hockey World Championships, Wimbledon and the recent 2006 Winter Olympics. Darude plans to vigorously pursue combining his music with TV, movies and other media avenues in the future. Also, after finishing the production work for “Label This!”, Darude's been collaborating with and remixing other artists' material, which he loves and has decided to keep up more in the future.
Interest in Darude is at an all-time high, which can be seen in his ever increasing website hits each month, his solid presence on Myspace, the gig requests that keep pouring in and his invitations to take part in industry leading conferences, such as the Billboard Dance Music Summit, Amsterdam Dance Event and WMC in Miami.
Darude has solidified himself as a DJ for the people which has given him an ever expanding fan base that follow him on each new venture in his career. Stick around to see what Darude has in store for the world next!