Justin David Blau (born January 9, 1991),[2] better known by his stage name 3LAU (pronounced "Blau"),[3] is an American DJ and electronic dance music producer. Raised in New York and Las Vegas by parents who emphasized the importance of charitable work, 3LAU left college, where he studied finance, and the promise of a career in business to pursue his dream of making music.[4] He went on to release a string of well-received original tracks, including “How You Love Me,” “Is It Love,” “Fire,” “On My Mind,” and “Hot Water,” as well as remixes for Rihanna, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande - all of which have racked up millions of streams. Recent collaborations include world-famous gamer Ninja and HYO of Girls’ Generation.[5] 3LAU also built his reputation as a must see live performer, appearing at such major festivals as Electric Zoo, EDC Vegas, Lollapalooza, and Life Is Beautiful, and tours extensively internationally.[6]

3LAU
3LAU - Ultra.jpg
Ultra Music Festival - Miami, FL - March 30th, 2019
Background information
Birth nameJustin David Blau
Born (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 29)
Syosset, New York, U.S.
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • producer
Instruments
  • Synthesizer
  • mixer
  • piano
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated actsBright Lights
Website3lau.com/music

Early lifeEdit

Justin David Blau was born in Syosset, New York, United States on (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 29).[2] Blau grew up around an artistic family, and was soon playing piano, playing guitar and singing. At thirteen, he moved with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he spent the rest of his youth.[7] He attended The Meadows School for high school and Washington University in St. Louis for college.[7]

BackgroundEdit

Much of 3LAU's music incorporates electro house, dubstep, deep house, and progressive house.[8] He is known for his melodic take on dance music and live sets that incorporate sampling. The emotional purpose of his style of songwriting, Blau says, is to inspire others to overcome their sense of feeling lost. “Every song is somehow about being lost in some way, whether that's in love, in life, in mental health, whatever it may be. Sometimes the lyrics shed light on the brighter parts, but in many ways, I write as a means to try to combat that feeling of being lost and I hope the music can do that for someone else.”[9]

Music careerEdit

2011–12: First releasesEdit

In 2011, at the age of 20, he vacationed in Sweden, where he discovered electronic dance music. After returning to college he started producing mashups, "mainly because [he] didn't think anyone was doing a good job."[10] He soon began mixing under the professional name 3LAU, and by June of that year was uploading mashups to YouTube.[11]

3LAU gained recognition in the electronic music world in 2011 with his two bootlegs, "Girls Who Save the World" and "All Night Long". He also won a remix competition for his remix of Tiesto's "Work Hard, Play Hard".

Before 2012, 3LAU spent his days studying at Washington University in St. Louis and DJing at night. He has had remixes charts in the top 10 on both Beatport and Hype Machine.[8]

2012–15: Singles, touringEdit

In 2012, he focused on DJing and launched his 3LAU Your Mind tour. That same year, he released his second bootleg album, Dance Floor Filth.[8] In 2012, the Las Vegas Review-Journal described him as "one of America's fastest-rising DJ-producers."[7] In 2012 he released Dance Floor Filth 2, an album featuring his production.[12]

In late 2013, he went on a short tour with Carnage called the Night Riot tour.[13][14] Wrote Jonah Ollman of Sound of Boston about 3LAU's live performances in late 2013, "A nice balance of mashups, electro-house, poppy vocal samples, and a 90's throwback here and there keep the young 20-something crowd going and constantly entertained."[13]

In the summer of 2015, 3LAU did his first European tour visiting Barcelona, Germany and Ibiza. Later that fall, he went on his first Asian tour which included Bangkok, Jakarta, Tokyo and more.[15]

2016-17: Blume RecordsEdit

In 2016 3LAU launched Blume Records, an independent label with a ground-breaking model that harnesses the power of streaming to raise money for charitable causes. 3LAU stated, "Hopefully we can inspire other people to act and there will be this domino effect."[16]

2018-19: Ultraviolet, OMFEdit

On February 16, 2018, 3LAU released his debut album Ultraviolet on label "BLUME" featuring singles "Touch," "On My Own", "Walk Away" and "Star Crossed". The album features collaborations with Carly Paige, Nevve, Emma Hewitt, Max Schneider, Said the Sky, and Neonheart. The album hit No. 1 on iTunes' Electronic Chart, as did lead single "Touch."[17][18] On June 21, 2018, 3LAU announced the launch of OMF (Our Music Festival), the first blockchain-powered music festival. The festival was held on October 20, 2018 in San Francisco and was headlined by Zedd.[19]

PhilanthropyEdit

In 2016, 3LAU launched the record label Blume, the first not-for-profit dance music label.[20] Profits from all songs released on Blume are dedicated to charity. 3LAU has raised over $200,000 for non-profit Pencils of Promise, which used the funds donated to build a seven-classroom school in Guatemala, as well as to fund clean water, education, and teacher development programs.[21] In 2013, 3LAU announced he had built his first school with the non-profit and in 2018 another school was completed in Guatemala.[22]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
iTunes
Electronic

[23]
Billboard
Dance/Electronic

[24]
Ultraviolet[25]
  • Released: February 16, 2018
  • Label: Blume Music
  • Format: Streaming
1 7

SinglesEdit

Table shows list of single titles, release dates and record labels
Title Release date Release label
3LAU and Paris and Simo featuring Bright Lights – "Escape" June 24, 2013 Revealed Recordings
3LAU featuring Bright Lights – "How You Love Me" March 18, 2014 Island Records
Botnek and 3LAU – "Vikings" April 8, 2014 Dim Mak Records
Dash Berlin and 3LAU featuring Bright Lights – "Somehow" August 29, 2014 Mainstage Music
3LAU featuring Luciana – "We Came to Bang" November 28, 2014 Musical Freedom
3LAU and Nom De Strip featuring Estelle – "The Night" January 12, 2015 Revealed Recordings
3LAU featuring Emma Hewitt – "Alive Again" July 6, 2015 Armada Music
Bright Lights featuring 3LAU – "Runaway" October 16, 2015 Dim Mak Records
3LAU featuring Yeah Boy – "Is It Love" March 29, 2016 Blume Music
3LAU and Said The Sky – "Fire" featuring Neonheart October 25, 2016
3LAU featuring MAX – "You Want More" November 25, 2016
3LAU – "On My Mind" March 31, 2017
Audien and 3LAU featuring Victoria Zaro – "Hot Water" 16-06-17 Astralwerks
3LAU – "Star Crossed" 08-09-17 Blume Music
3LAU featuring Luna Aura – "Walk Away" December 1, 2017
3LAU featuring Nevve – "On My Own" February 1, 2018
3LAU featuring Carly Paige – "Touch" February 16, 2018
3LAU and Zaxx featuring Olivera – "Dirty Neon"[26] May 25, 2018
Kim Hyo-yeon and 3LAU – "Punk Right Now"[27] November 13, 2018 SM Entertainment
3LAU featuring Ninja – "Game Time"[28] November 30, 2018 Astralwerks
3LAU featuring Carly Paige – "Would You Understand"[29] January 4, 2019 Blume Music
3LAU and Justin Caruso featuring Iselin – "Better With You"[30] March 1, 2019 Armada Music
3LAU and Bright Lights – "Down for Life"[31] June 21, 2019 Blume Music
3LAU and Dmno – "Falling"[32] August 23, 2019
3LAU – "Miss Me More"[33] September 12, 2019
3LAU featuring Xira – "Tokyo"[34] December 6, 2019 Anjunabeats
3LAU and Shaun Frank featuring Grabbitz - "At Night"[35] January 14, 2020 Blume Music

RemixesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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