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Ville Virtanen

Date and place of
I was born in Eura, Finland, on the 17th of July, 1975

The name Darude?
Few years back when I was studying my first year in Turku Polytechnic we had a party at my classmate´s apartment. We we´re eating and drinking and playing records and I guess I was feeling really ´happy´ as I played one favourite track of mine, ´Rudeboys´ by Leila K several times in a row. In short, it´s because of that my friends started calling me ´Rudeboy´. Later on it got shorter to ´da Rude´ -> ´Darude´ (I don´t wanna be a ´boy´ ;).

How did i get into the
music business?
I´ve always been interested in music. I’ve been listening to dance music for years and started making my own music 1996 after some friends of mine showed me what they were doing with just a computer and some freeware programs. I realized that I could make my own music and decided to have a go at it. I bought my first pc and started fooling around with it and loosing too much sleep... ;)

I never thought about ´making it big´, I was just making music because I liked it so much. I teased my friends with my early production and sent some demos to a magazine and radio stations in Finland in ´97 and ´98 and also to some record companies and got some good feedback but nothing more. I made music on my own and also had two separate projects with two of my friends.

On a wednesday night in August ´99 after his dj set I gave my producer, JS16, a demo cd (my third one for him actually) which included my original demo of Sandstorm (and some other tracks of mine) which got Jaakko´s attention. All I wanted was his professional opinion of the tracks and some tips about better sounds and things like that. What I got was a phone call a week later from JS.

We met the same night in the same club in Turku, Finland, and agreed on working together. We spent 2 or three days in studio and the next tuesday Sandstorm (with his remix) was ready as you hear it now on the single. It took a few weeks to get the track mastered
and to get the singles from the factory and to get it on the Finnish Dance Chart. After three weeks it was number one and stayed there for 16 weeks. Things snowballed from there and I started touring in Finland, then Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, UK...

What kind of music do
you listen yourself?

Mainly trance, hard house, vocal house, progressive house...but to name names Faithless, Moby, BT, Paul van Dyk, Madonna, WASP, Twisted Sister, Modulation, Prodigy, ie. all kinds of stuff.

What’s the name of the
glasses you wore in the
Sandstorm video?
¸rgreen or Örgreen, they´re Danish. Lately I´ve worn Electric shades, too.

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