3LAU

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3LAU
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3LAU at Paradiso Festival at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, USA.
Background information
Birth name Justin David Blau
Born (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 26)
Syosset, New York, United States
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres Progressive house, electro house, deep house
Occupation(s) DJ, producer
Instruments Synthesizer, mixer, piano, guitar, vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels Revealed Recordings, Strictly Rhythm, Island Records, Musical Freedom, Dim Mak Records
Associated acts Emma Hewitt, Martin Garrix, Bright Lights, Luciana, Estelle, Bootleg, Botnek, Charles
Website Official website

Justin David Blau (born January 9, 1991),[1] better known by his stage name 3LAU (pronounced "Blau"),[2] is an American DJ and electronic dance music producer. Based in Las Vegas, he has released three mixtapes since 2011 and several singles, and has performed at festivals such as Electric Zoo in New York and EDC Vegas.[3] In 2014 he released the track "Vikings" with Botnek on Dim Mak Records.[4]

Early life[edit]

Justin David Blau was born in Syosset, New York, United States on (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 26).[1] Blau grew up around an artistic family, and was soon playing piano, guitar and singing. At thirteen he moved with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he spent the rest of his youth.[3] He attended The Meadows School for high school and Washington University in St. Louis for college.[3]

Background[edit]

Much of 3LAU's music incorporates electro house, dubstep, deep house, and progressive house.[5] He is known for his melodic take on dance music and live sets that incorporate sampling. He is also known for using Ableton.

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."[6] He soon began mixing under the professional name 3LAU, and by June of that year was uploading mashups to YouTube.[4]

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.[5]

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.[5] In 2012, the Las Vegas Review-Journal described him as "one of America's fastest-rising DJ-producers."[3] In 2012 he released Dance Floor Filth 2, an album featuring his production.[7]

In late 2013, he went on a short tour with Carnage called the Night Riot tour.[8][9] 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."[8]

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.[10]

Philanthropy[edit]

3LAU has raised over $200,000 to non-profit Pencils of Promise.[11] In 2013, 3LAU announced he had built his first school with the non-profit and was on his way to build a second.[12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Table shows list of album titles, year and details
Title Year Details
Dance Floor Filth 1 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Dance Floor Filth 2 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Dance Floor Filth 3 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
March Mashup Mondays
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Dance Floor Filth 4 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Dance Floor Filth 5 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

  • "Bang" (Tiësto Bootleg)
  • "Don't Wait" (unreleased yet, 3LAU himself singing)
  • "Always" (with Blinders featuring Charles)
Table shows list of single titles, release dates and record labels
Release Title Release Date Release Label
3LAU & Paris & Simo featuring Bright Lights - Escape 24-06-2013 Revealed Recordings
3LAU featuring Bright Lights - How You Love Me 18-03-2014 Island Records
Botnek & 3LAU - Vikings 08-04-2014 Dim Mak Records
Dash Berlin & 3LAU featuring Bright Lights - Somehow 29-08-2014 Mainstage Music
3LAU featuring Luciana - We Came To Bang 28-11-2014 Musical Freedom
3LAU & Nom De Strip featuring Estelle - The Night 12-01-2015 Revealed Recordings
3LAU featuring Emma Hewitt - Alive Again 06-07-2015 Armada Music
Bright Lights featuring 3LAU - Runaway 16-10-2015 Dim Mak Records
3LAU featuring Yeah Boy - Is It Love 29-03-2016 Blume Music
3LAU & Said The Sky - "Fire" featuring NEONHEART 25-10-2016 Blume Music
3LAU featuring MAX - You Want More 25-11-2016 Blume Music

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "3LAU Stats". BBC. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Event Review: 3LAU Boston". Electro Jams. October 25, 2012. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d Elfman, Doug (November 30, 2012). "DJ Justin Blau says living in Las Vegas a life-changing experience". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  4. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "3LAU". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  5. ^ a b c "MTV Newsroom profile". October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Las Vegas Weekly profile". October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Gabill, Zach (July 17, 2012). "3LAU – Dance Floor Filth 2 (Album Review)". Sound is Style. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  8. ^ a b Ollman, Jonah (December 2, 2013). "3LAU & Carnage Night Riot Tour". Sound of Boston. Retrieved Dec 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Review: 3LAU & Carnage on Tour". Electronic Dance Entertainment. November 29, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  10. ^ "Tour". Tour. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  11. ^ "3LAU x PoP - 3LAU x PoP's fundraising page for Pencils of Promise". Classy.org. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  12. ^ "First School Built with 3LAU's Pencils of Promise Fundraiser". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 

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