What started out as a national release in Darude’s native home of Finland went on to become a world-wide phenomenon taking ‘Sandstorm’ to #1 on the Finnish Dance Chart; a spot that it would dominate for 17 weeks. Released in June 2000 by Neo Records the track would see Darude became the first Finnish artist to reach the top 3 positions on the UK singles chart. Following this, ’Sandstorm’ went on to go Platinum and become the world’s best selling 12” vinyl of 2000. The track attained cult like status and gained strong support from industry heavyweights such as Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Judge Jules andPaul van Dyk, as well receiving phenomenal radio support from national stations in over 70 countries. Still swelling in sales today ‘Sandstorm’ recently (December 2011) re-entered the UK top 40 Dance Chart and achieved Gold status in digital sales in the US back in 2010.
The success of his first three singles (‘Sandstorm’, ‘Out of Control’ and ‘Feel the Beat’) led to the release of Darude’s debut artist album, ‘Before the Storm’. The album would go on to sell doublePlatinum in Finland and Gold in Canada. World-wide sales to date are over 1 million units. The album was supported by a gruelling 9 month world-wide tour taking in Europe, Australasia and Asia. In the spring of 2002 he followed up this world tour by embarking on a 7 week live show across North America. A daring project but one that paid off as it solidified Darude’s name throughout North America.
In 2003, Darude would release his 2nd artist album, ‘Rush’. The first two singles off the album, titled‘Music’ and ‘Next to You’ went on to conquer the #1 position on various charts across Europe. In 2006, after several years on the road, Darude went back into the studio to work on his 3rd artist album, aptly titled, ‘Label This!’. Released in the fall of 2007 in Scandinavia, fall 2008 in USA and then globally in spring 2009, the album was a melting pot of the modern sound of Darude; progressive and euphoric trance, fusing elements of house and rock.
His resume of accolades is a testament to the exponential growth of his profile as an international artist. Over the years he’s appeared on TV channels such as BBC, CNN and MTV as well as having won a number of prestigious awards such as 2 x German Dance Awards (2000), Dance Star Award (2001),USA Golden Turntable DJ Award (2002), and is a 3 x Finnish Grammy Award winner. His name has also appeared in numerous public-voted polls with previous entries in DJ Magazines Top 100 DJ Poll(2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009) and BPM Magazine’s Americas Favourite DJ (2004, 2005 & 2006).
With appearances globally across radio and TV, the sound of Darude has also been featured inHollywood movies such as ‘Ballistic’, ‘Ecks vs. Sever’, ‘Like Mike’ and the Jim Carey hit film ‘Fun With Dick and Jane’, Nike, Playstation games and popular sports broadcasts like the America’s NFL, Ice Hockey World Championships, Wimbledon, Ultimate Fighting Championship (used by former heavyweight champion Wanderlei Silva), Euro 2000 and 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2010 his seminal single ‘Sandstorm’ found itself included in the globally popular computer game series DJ Hero,alongside other famous rave tracks such as ‘Higher State of Consciousness’ by Josh Wink.
Hailed by the likes of DJ Magazine as “Finland’s biggest musical export”, Darude has gone on to perform in front of audiences up to 100,000 people strong, sweeping across continents and rocking clubs the world over. From appearing at prestigious festivals such as LA Music Festival (US), Utopia Music (Australia), Laserpoint (Finland) to headlining some of the world’s best clubs including Ministry of Sound (London), Spundae (Hollywood), Rain (Las Vegas) and Government (Toronto).
On December 28th 2010, Darude and, co-owner, Randy Boyer, announced the inception of their new electronic dance music label, EnMass Music. To be used as a platform for their own material, Darude and Randy also wanted to use the imprint as a channel to nurture new music from other emerging artists of whom they believe in musically. The debut single from the label was the powerful and melodic trancer,‘Fragile’ by Randy Boyer and featuring the amazing ethereal vocals of Cari Golden. Today the label has amassed support from named spinners such as Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Solarstone, M.I.K.E.and BBC Radio 1’s Judge Jules
At the tail end of 2011 Darude unveiled his new compilation series – Salmiakki Sessions; a solid reflection of his monthly namesake radio mix show ‘Salmiakki Sessions’ which has been broadcasting bi-weekly to fans around the globe since 2005.
So 10 years on from ‘Sandstorm’ and with three artist albums, one compilation, numerous awards and multiple world tours and a new record label to focus on, Darude’s presence in the world of electronic dance music remains an ever prolific one, which continually sees him pushing the boundaries and igniting audiences around the globe.
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