Darude (real name Ville Virtanen) was born on July 17, 1975 in Eura, Finland. He started his career using tracker programmes, then turned to professional material. During an evening, Virtanen used to play Leila K.'s "Rude Boy" : his nickname was Da Rude so he chose the stage name Darude.
In 1999, he signed to JS16's 16 Inch Records & released his first single "Sandstorm". It has been certified platinum & N°1 in Finnish dance charts ! The single sold 2 million copies in 2000. Darude released his first album Before The Storm, produced by JS16, with 800,000 copies sold everywhere in the world. His second single "Feel The Beat" has been N°5 in UK single charts. The following single, "Out Of Control" & the remix "Out Of Control (Back For More)" were less successful.
In 2003, Darude released his second album Rush, including the hit "Next To You". In March 2007, Darude released his single "Tell Me", N°1 in Finland & his third album Label This! came out in October 2007.