Ville Virtanen (born July 17, 1975), better known by his stage name Darude /dəˈruːd/, is a Finnish electronic dance music producer and DJ from Eura, Hinnerjoki. He started making music in 1996 and released the hit single "Sandstorm" in late 1999 and subsequent album Before the Storm in 2000. His music is characterized by its progressive/uplifting style.
Virtanen started his career as an amateur musician while studying at Turku Polytechnic, making music using his PC's tracker software. As his interest in music production rapidly grew, he moved on to more serious production techniques.
While at a classmate's party, Virtanen played the song "Rude Boy" (written by Swedish artist Leila K) for several times in a row. This earned him the nickname "Rude Boy," which gradually morphed into "Da Rude", which in turn inspired the name "Darude".