Darude will represent Finland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest along with singer Sebastian Rejman. Darude is one of the most successful Finnish artists of the modern era with a true global appeal and remains one of dance music's most influential stars. At the height of the trance boom of the early 2000's Darude, aka Ville Virtanen, created the milestone single 'Sandstorm'. The track went on to become one of the biggest selling dance singles in the history of electronic dance music with more than 10 million global sales and has accumulated hundreds of millions of streams worldwide across streaming platforms like Spotify and YouTube.
Darude is a multi-platinum, award-winning producer and DJ, who to date has released 4 critically acclaimed studio albums with most recent being Moments (2015). Adding to his stellar discography and remaining as fresh and exciting as ever, recent releases including Surrender and his end of 2018 single Timeless.
Darude's résumé of accolades is a testament to the exponential growth of his profile as an international artist. Hailed as 'Finland’s biggest musical export' and in an illustrious career that has seen Darude win prestigious awards including 3 Finnish Grammy Awards, he has continually flown the 'siniristilippu' ('Blue Cross Flag') of Finland wherever he has travelled. He has appeared at some of the world’s biggest festivals and headlined iconic clubs across the globe. One of his proudest DJ highlights has to be his New Year's Eve countdown set in Helsinki, where Darude ushered in 2017 with a performance in front of 100,000 people as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Finnish independence.
His ongoing support of his native home during his travels as a DJ is, in part, what led to his country asking him to represent Finland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Darude performs his nation's chosen song Look Away with featured vocalist Sebastian Rejman. The multitalented Rejman, who wrote the original song, is both a musician and actor. He's known from the band The Giant Leap and for his role in one of Finland's most popular drama series, Syke. His voice will be familiar to Darude fans all over the world, with Rejman singing the vocals on Darude's releases Moments and One Lifetime. The charismatic Rejman will bring a fresh vitality and admirable live element to Darude's musical backdrop.