CHI-EDM EPISODE 21 – Darude – Sandstorm the story behind the biggest EDM hit EVER!


Against all odds, “Darude’s Sandstorm,” is the most popular EDM song of all time. Almost 20 years after it’s 1999 release it’s still a fixture of Reddit threads, YouTube comment sections, it’s been in a Jim Carrey movie, and it can even be the punchline of a joke. It has gained recognition for its usage in sports and popularity in internet meme culture. On 1 March 2010, over ten years after its original release, “Sandstorm” was certified Gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Ville Virtanen aka Darude is a multi-platinum award winning producer and international artist that has to date sold over 5 million records worldwide and is recognized by many as one of the most influential artists to emerge from the dance scene in the past decade. Hailing from Finland this seasoned professional has traveled the globe playing for EDM audiences of all types.