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Darude is known worldwide for his anthemic trance style. He is an electronic dance music producer, DJ and lives in Turku, Finland. He debuted in 1999 with the smash single Sandstorm (#1 hit in numerous charts around the world) and subsequent album Before the Storm. Virtanen started his career as an amateur musician while in high school, making music using his PC's tracker software. As his interest in music production rapidly grew, he moved on to more serious production techniques. .

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Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen (Finnish: [toni vilːe henrik ʋirtɑnen]; born July 17, 1975), better known by his stage name Darude (), is a Finnish DJ and record producer from Eura, Finland. 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 18 September 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 14 August 2015, followed by a tour of the United States and Canada in September 2015. His music is characterised by its progressive/uplifting style. He represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Look Away" with singer Sebastian Rejman, but failed to qualify for the grand final...

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Dani Stall / Doug Henning Artist (DaniStallMedia)

@defcon_music @mkr_ultra Now I kinda want to troll #defcon by making "official" music CDs full of nothing but Darude's Sandstorm on repeat.

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@georgie_koch: “So what did you do last night?” “Watched Vienetta being made to the soothing sounds of Darude’s Sandstorm” https://…

Dominic Nunn (minicod_music)

listening to darude sandstorm opened the techno music flood gates

juancho pancho (whitemexikan)

@flattikowski: Darude - sandstorm -ich bin schon ein bisschen crazy -hat schon alle Drogen ausprobiert -hat nichts im Griff -tut auf…

Juliane Wolf (jwolf_music)

@naiveevan music suggestion, this song helped me alot with my life problems, darude- sandstorm

rapapel (rafaelragpala)

@Antonythefox_25 Darude sandstorm. It's suuper old X3 also the music video is a ride xD

Quincy Bean 🇵🇭 (Quincyyeen)

"Kaleid": -is the most upbeat of the instrumentals -sounds like gameplay background music -this reminds me of daru…

j*ss (realityinmoticn)

To add to this: music plays ALL the time in the stadium. If anything it'll be refreshing to hear a variety of music…

justin (jbirdjuice)

Darude - Sandstorm (EPIC Folk music cover) @YouTubeさんから

なでしこ (364114bass)

i'm pretty sure this background music is darude sandstorm

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