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Eurovision 2019: Darude's journey from Sandstorm to Tel Aviv - Dotemirates
14/05/2019

Eurovision 2019: Darude's journey from Sandstorm to Tel Aviv

You may know the name. You definitely know the hit. Twenty years on, can DJ Darude mix up more success in Tel Aviv?From Australia's pop-opera hybrid to Iceland's leather-clad BDSM enthusiasts, this year's Eurovision hopefuls are a typically eclectic bunch.Yet amid the ranks of power balladeers, talent show alumnae and Sam Smith wannabes there is one familiar name.That would be Darude, the Finnish DJ and producer whose 1999 dance track Sandstorm became both an international hit and an internet phenomenon.Two decades on from that iconic instrumental track, the man born Ville Virtanen in 1975 is back in the limelight and...


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