Ville Virtanen (born: July 17, 1975), better known by his stage name Darude, is a Finnish electronic dance music producer and DJ. He started making music in 1996, but when he released his biggest hit called Sandstorm in 1999, it became one of the biggest internet memes in the world.
Sandstorm is an old techno song, released in 1999 and climbed up to commercial success all over Europe. The song became popular, because someone on his Livestream played the song, and now anyone who asks "Whats that song?", the answer will be Darude Sandstorm. On April 1, 2015 YouTube made a prank which if anyone searched for anything it would be written: "Did You Mean: Darude Sandstorm?" It was not the only prank on YouTube regarding Darude Sandstrom as one the same day, they released a prank where if someone goes to the intro of a video, they woud see a note, "And if they click on it they would hear the Sandstorm song".
- Darude represents Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 along with Sebastian Rejman with the song Look Away.