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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 32)
Syosset, New York, U.S.
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada
  • DJ
  • producer
  • Synthesizer
  • mixer
  • piano
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active2011–present

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, 3LAU left Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied finance.[4] He has produced 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 and collaborations with gamer Ninja and HYO of Girls' Generation.[5] 3LAU has also appeared at festivals such as Electric Zoo, EDC Vegas, Lollapalooza, and Life Is Beautiful, and tours extensively internationally.[6]

Early life[edit]

Justin David Blau was born in Syosset, New York, on January 9, 1991[2] Blau grew up in an artistic family and was soon playing piano and guitar and singing. At 13, 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]


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 career[edit]

2011–12: First releases[edit]

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, touring[edit]

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 Records[edit]

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, OMF[edit]

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]

In March 2021, 3LAU marked the three-year anniversary of his Ultraviolet album through an unusual internet auction with "NFTs" (non-fungible tokens) certifying certain digital rights and the one-of-a-kind ownership, for a total of approximately US$11 million in the three-day sale.[20]

Charity work[edit]

In 2016, 3LAU launched the record label Blume, the first not-for-profit dance music label.[21] 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.[22] In 2013, 3LAU announced he had built his first school with the non-profit and in 2018 another school was completed in Guatemala.[23]



Title Details Peak chart positions


  • Released: February 16, 2018
  • Label: Blume Music
  • Format: Streaming
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Table shows list of single titles, release dates and record labels
Title Artist Release date Release label
Escape 3LAU and Paris and Simo featuring Bright Lights June 24, 2013 Revealed Recordings
How You Love Me 3LAU featuring Bright Lights March 18, 2014 Island Records
Vikings Botnek and 3LAU April 8, 2014 Dim Mak Records
Somehow Dash Berlin and 3LAU featuring Bright Lights August 29, 2014 Mainstage Music
We Came to Bang 3LAU featuring Luciana November 28, 2014 Musical Freedom
The Night 3LAU and Nom De Strip featuring Estelle January 12, 2015 Revealed Recordings
Alive Again 3LAU featuring Emma Hewitt July 6, 2015 Armada Music
Runaway Bright Lights featuring 3LAU October 16, 2015 Dim Mak Records
Is It Love 3LAU featuring Yeah Boy March 29, 2016 Blume Music
Fire 3LAU and Said The Sky featuring Neonheart October 25, 2016
You Want More 3LAU featuring MAX November 25, 2016
On My Mind 3LAU March 31, 2017
Hot Water Audien and 3LAU featuring Victoria Zaro June 16, 2017 Astralwerks
Star Crossed 3LAU September 8, 2017 Blume Music
Walk Away 3LAU featuring Luna Aura December 1, 2017
On My Own 3LAU featuring Nevve February 1, 2018
Touch 3LAU featuring Carly Paige February 16, 2018
Dirty Neon 3LAU and Zaxx featuring Olivera[27] May 25, 2018
Punk Right Now HYO and 3LAU[28] November 13, 2018 SM Entertainment
Game Time 3LAU featuring Ninja[29] November 30, 2018 Astralwerks
Would You Understand 3LAU featuring Carly Paige[30] January 4, 2019 Blume Music
Better With You 3LAU and Justin Caruso featuring Iselin[31] March 1, 2019 Armada Music
Down for Life 3LAU and Bright Lights[32] June 21, 2019 Blume Music
Falling 3LAU and Dmno[33] August 23, 2019
Miss Me More 3LAU[34] September 12, 2019
Tokyo 3LAU featuring Xira[35] December 6, 2019 Anjunabeats
At Night 3LAU and Shaun Frank featuring Grabbitz[36] January 14, 2020 Blume Music
Apocalyptic 3LAU[37] August 28, 2020 Stmpd Rcrds
Everything 3LAU and Funkin Matt featuring Frawley[38] January 22, 2021 Blume Music
Worst Case[39] 3LAU featuring Cxloe October 8, 2021


See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Mac, Ryan. "Meet 3LAU, The DJ That Turned Down Wall Street". Forbes. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Alexander, Julia (November 30, 2018). "Fortnite star Ninja's first EDM album includes an amazing new Tycho track". The Verge. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Lisa-sun (March 29, 2018). "Electric Zoo 2018 Unleashes First Phase of 10th-Anniversary Lineup". EDM Identity. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
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  20. ^ "Largest NFT Sale Ever Came From A Business School Dropout Turned Star DJ". Forbes. March 3, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
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  27. ^ Rishty, David (May 25, 2018). "3LAU Finds Summer Sound on 'Dirty Neon' With Zaxx: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
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  34. ^ "Miss Me More – Single by 3LAU on Apple Music". iTunes Store. September 12, 2019.
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