Ville Virtanen (born 17 July 1975), better known by his stage name Darude /dəˈruːd/, is a Finnish electronic music producer and DJ from Eura, Hinnerjoki. He started making music in 1995 and released the platinum selling hit single "Sandstorm" in late 1999. His debut studio album Before the Storm came out on September 5, 2000 and sold 800,000 copies worldwide, earning Darude three Finnish Grammy awards. It peaked at No. 1 on Finland's Official List and No. 6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart in the United States. Darude's second album, Rush, reached No. 11 on the Billboard dance chart in 2003 and No. 4 on weekly album chart in Finland.
His third album Label This! came out in 2007. Though it didn't 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 tenth anniversary of Tomorrowland in 2014 and Future Music Festival in 2015, he released his most recent album, Moments, on August 18, 2015, followed by a tour of the United States and Canada in September 2015. His music is characterised by its progressive/uplifting style.