Dallas Austin

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Dallas Austin
Born (1970-12-29) December 29, 1970 (age 43)
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop, pop rock, electropop, dance-pop
Occupations Songwriter, Record producer, Guitarist, and Keyboardist
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, drums, Harmonica
Years active 1989–present
Labels Rowdy Records
Associated acts Monica, TLC, Sugababes, McFly

Dallas L. Austin (born December 29, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician, based in Atlanta, Georgia. His clients include Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Carly Rae Jepsen, TLC, Boyz II Men, Pink, Monica, Gwen Stefani, Deion Sanders, Stacie Orrico, Another Bad Creation, Fishbone, Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Anastacia, Namie Amuro, Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, McFly, and Lady Gaga.


Austin wrote and produced nine tracks on the English pop rock boy band McFly’s LP Above the Noise, which was released in November 2010 and earned certified Silver status in the UK.

Austin began in film and TV when he produced the movie Drumline in 2002, which was based on his own experience in an HBCU marching band.

In 2012, Austin’s Rowdy Electronics teamed up with Beat Kangz Electronics (BKE) of Nashville to make the Beat Thang, a mobile music-making machine sold in Best Buy stores. Rowdy Electronics also teamed with Boomphones and planned to have headphones available in stores in 2012.

Austin co-wrote and co-produced the will.i.am single, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)". He had written the song for another artist, Alex 242, but Jimmy Iovine, upon hearing the song, asked for it to be played for will.i.am, who agreed it should be his first single off his latest album.

United Arab Emirates incident[edit]

In July, 2006, Austin was arrested and held in a United Arab Emirates prison on drug charges. After U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch interceded on Austin's behalf, the UAE consulate in Washington, D.C. placed calls to Lionel Richie for a character reference.[1][2]

Richie recounts for the New York Times:

It was, 'Tell me what kind of guy is Dallas Austin.' I said, 'Listen, this is a great guy. He's done a great job for the community. A gangster, a hoodlum, a thug, he's not.'[1][2]

Austin pleaded guilty in court, apologized for his actions, and was subsequently granted a royal pardon by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c Jeff Leeds and Sharon Waxman, with Hassan M. Fattah in Dubai (July 8, 2006). "That's What Friends in High Places Are For". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b c Gil Kaufman (July 10, 2006). "Dallas Austin Sprung From Dubai Jail With Help From Songwriting Senator, Lionel Richie". VH1 News. Archived from the original on 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 

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