To bring the ecstatic energy of electronic music to the Filipino crowd, three stages were constructed on the beach of Southcrest Beach Resort & Natural Park in Batangas for Sandstorm 2014.

The first stage, which is the major performance venue, showcased a huge beach party venue unlike the other two. The second is comparably a smaller one situated near a lake , while the third is built against the Southcrest’s natural park. All of the three are giving different party flavors to attendees.

The fest started on November 21, gathering hundreds of party-goers from the central regions of the country. Tickets were sold as high as P7,000 with a promise of getting international and local disk jockeys filling the air with good music and happy vibes.

On the night of November 22, which was the main event, DJ Darude hit the first stage for the cheering crowd. Parties were also being hosted on the other two stages giving the crowd more options which stage to attend to.

DJ Darude, Ville Virtanen in real life, is a Finnish techno producer and disk jockey. He skyrocketed to international stardom after he released his hit “Sandstorm” in 1996.

In an interview with him before his performance, he shared that he lived in the US for six years following the success of his first album.

Picture: Darude with his management agent.




He revealed that he listens to many genres  to get inspiration for his music creations. However, he scored that he does not copy styles from what he listens to.

Asked about the distinction of his craft, he said he is aware that people who have been loyal to him say there is a certain pattern that makes his brand of music. However, he is yet to identify these specific features.

When Darude took over the stage at Sandstorm, I was one of those in front who partied. I was a bit drank so swaying, screaming, jumping and shouting commanded no effort from my legs.

He sealed his peformance with a selfie before giving up the stage to other DJ performers that night- Deficio.




Deficio is a duo of young, talented and ambitious DJs from Sweden. According to them, it is their first time to reach the Philippines and they are expected a crazy crowd that night.

Talking about their dreams of making it big to the music industry, they wanted to “take over the world or go home”. That’s the real spirit of a dreamer! I wanna copy that line.


In an interview with So, he revealed that Sandstorm will be succeeded by Oasis. Oasis will still bring music genres to the Filipino crowd just like Sandstorm, and it will kick off this summer.

Picture: Jacob So with Nesty Ortiz, who spearheaded the production aspect of Sandstorm.