Darude, Darude, Darude is on Fire! European Trance music legend Darude delighted his fans at Club 77 in Hamilton on Friday November 10, 2017 with an amazing 2-hour set. Many that attended that night were all long-time fans that grew up on his music from the late 90s and early 2000s. I missed Darude three years ago when he performed live at the now closed Gravity Sound Bar in Toronto. Hearing that he was coming back to Canada and performing in Hamilton was great news indeed. I wasn’t going to miss his show at Club 77 for the world! Anticipation grew as I made the 45-minute drive from Toronto to Hamilton that Friday evening. I couldn’t believe it but I was going to finally see Darude live. Sweeeeet!

Darude is best-known for being the Finnish DJ and Trance music producer that brought the world the epic song “Sandstorm” back in 1999. The song was highly successful and a huge international hit that charted all over Europe and the world. In Canada, it peaked at the #1 position on the Canadian Singles Chart. Darude had brought Trance music to the mainstream audience as the platinum-selling hit “Sandstorm” and music from his first album Before the Storm (2000) was played on commercial radio.

Since the major hit “Sandstorm” and his rise to stardom, Darude released several other studio albums such as Rush (2003), Label This! (2007) and Moments (2015). He is currently working on new music and is touring around different nightclubs in North America (Canada & US). It’s interesting to note how Darude came up with his name. He took up the name “Rude Boy” given to him by his friends for constantly playing Leila K’s Swedish rap single “Rude Boy” back in the 90s. “Da Rude” would eventually morph into “Darude” and he’s kept the name ever since.

Shortly after midnight, Darude entered the main room at Club 77 and began his incredible 2-hour set. I made sure that I got a great spot to watch the show in the club. I ended up off to the side at the bar area which was about 7 metres away from the DJ stage. It was the perfect spot to see the legend at work. The room was full of his fans who came out that night to see him live and to hear “Sandstorm”. One lady at the show that evening told me she started listening to Dance music as a child because of Darude. It’s a known fact that his music has had a huge impact on millions around the world. “Sandstorm” has been played at many sporting events and has also appeared on TV shows and films.

The crowd was definitely in for a great show that evening. The music dropped that night by Darude was really fierce. There was some 90s Trance and Dance music that was remixed in the latest EDM-style (Electronic Dance Music). Some of the waybacks remixed that I identified were “Phat Bass” and “Rhythm is a Dancer” as well as some music from The Prodigy. The continuous cheers and applause throughout the set was an indication that everyone at the club loved it.

During the two-hour set, Darude came down several times to do selfies with the audience and to shake hands. He used his tablet throughout the evening to flash messages from the DJ area whether his performance was going well. Once and a while he would flash “Good?” and “Ok?” much to the delight of his fans. He would also flash a happy face and heart symbol to everyone as well. The interactive performance by Darude was neat and got the crowd definitely into it and pumped up.

The highlight of the evening was when Darude dropped “Sandstorm”. Everyone went ballistic and danced up a storm on the dance floor when they heard the epic track. Nothing better than hearing the song dropped by its creator. Darude showed his incredible talent as a music producer and DJ when he made an EDM song spur-of-the-moment. At one point, he had everyone in the room chant “we are Canada”, “we are Canada” and recorded it. He then took the recording and made a song and replayed it back to everyone in the club. It was brilliant!



When Darude finished his set, he came down to the dance floor to meet with everyone and do more selfies. The highlight of the evening for me was getting to meet Darude in person and to get his autograph. I was able to introduce myself and to talk to the legend for a brief moment and it was surreal. It took almost 20 years, but I finally got to meet Darude and see him perform live. What an evening! If ever given the opportunity to catch Darude live, make sure to take it, you won’t be disappointed.


The Eurodance Guy




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Old school clubber from the 90s/2000s era. The fascination with nightclubs and club life has led the Eurodance Guy to have experienced over 50 nightclub venues since the early 90s in Toronto and southern Ontario. The love for Dance music, particularly Eurodance, is what drives his soul. His club tour continues as he visits current venues in search of great and exciting parties.

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