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3LAU at his F Cancer Benefit in Atlanta, February 2018.
Background information
Birth nameJustin David Blau
Born (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 28)
Syosset, New York, U.S.
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada
Years active2011–present
Associated actsBright Lights

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. 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.[4] In 2014 he released the track "Vikings" with Botnek on Dim Mak Records.[5]

Early life[edit]

Justin David Blau was born in Syosset, New York, United States on (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 28).[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.[4] He attended The Meadows School for high school and Washington University in St. Louis for college.[4]


Much of 3LAU's music incorporates electro house, dubstep, deep house, and progressive house.[6] 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."[7] He soon began mixing under the professional name 3LAU, and by June of that year was uploading mashups to YouTube.[5]

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.[6]

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.[6] In 2012, the Las Vegas Review-Journal described him as "one of America's fastest-rising DJ-producers."[4] In 2012 he released Dance Floor Filth 2, an album featuring his production.[8]

In late 2013, he went on a short tour with Carnage called the Night Riot tour.[9][10] 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."[9]

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.[11]

2018: Ultraviolet, OMF[edit]

On 16 February 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 #1 on iTunes' Electronic Chart, as did lead single "Touch." [12][13] On 21 June 2018, 3LAU announced the launch of OMF (Our Music Festival), the first blockchain-powered music festival. The festival was held on 20 October 2018 in San Francisco and was headlined by Zedd.[14]


In 2016, 3LAU launched the record label Blume, the first not-for-profit dance music label.[15] Profits from all songs released on Blume are dedicated to charity. 3LAU has raised over $200,000 for non-profit Pencils of Promise.[16] In 2013, 3LAU announced he had built his first school with the non-profit and in 2018 another school was completed in Guatemala.[17]



Title Details Peak chart positions


  • Released: 16 February 2018
  • Label: Blume Music
  • Format: Streaming
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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" 24-06-2013 Revealed Recordings
3LAU featuring Bright Lights - "How You Love Me" 18-03-2014 Island Records
Botnek and 3LAU - "Vikings" 08-04-2014 Dim Mak Records
Dash Berlin and 3LAU featuring Bright Lights - "Somehow" 29-08-2014 Mainstage Music
3LAU featuring Luciana - "We Came To Bang" 28-11-2014 Musical Freedom
3LAU and 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 and Said The Sky - "Fire" featuring Neonheart 25-10-2016
3LAU featuring MAX - "You Want More" 25-11-2016
3LAU - "On My Mind" 31-03-2017
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" 01-12-2017
3LAU featuring Nevve - "On My Own" 01-02-2018
3LAU featuring Carly Paige - "Touch" 16-02-2018
3LAU and ZAXX featuring Olivera - "Dirty Neon"[21] 25-05-2018
Kim Hyo-yeon and 3LAU - "Punk Right Now"[22] 13-11-18 SM Entertainment
3LAU featuring Ninja - "Game Time"[23] 30-11-18 Astralwerks
3LAU featuring Carly Paige - "Would You Understand"[24] 04-01-2019 Blume Music



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  2. ^ a b "3LAU Stats". BBC. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  3. ^ "Event Review: 3LAU Boston". Electro Jams. October 25, 2012. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  4. ^ 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.
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  6. ^ a b c "MTV Newsroom profile". October 21, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "Las Vegas Weekly profile". October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  8. ^ Gabill, Zach (July 17, 2012). "3LAU – Dance Floor Filth 2 (Album Review)". Sound is Style. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  9. ^ a b Ollman, Jonah (December 2, 2013). "3LAU & Carnage Night Riot Tour". Sound of Boston. Retrieved Dec 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Review: 3LAU & Carnage on Tour". Electronic Dance Entertainment. November 29, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  11. ^ "Tour". Tour. Archived from the original on 2016-01-17. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  12. ^ "C'est Prune:3LAU". Prune Magazine. March 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  13. ^ Powell, Karlie (2017-12-30). "3LAU Reveals Tracklist and Features for Debut Album 'Ultraviolet' Coming Soon". Your EDM. Archived from the original on 2017-12-31. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  14. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (2018-06-21). "3LAU Is Helping Launch The First Blockchain-Powered Music Festival". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  15. ^ "3LAU Launches Charity Label BLUME, Aims to Raise $100k in 2016:Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  16. ^ "3LAU x PoP - 3LAU x PoP's fundraising page for Pencils of Promise". Classy.org. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  17. ^ "First School Built with 3LAU's Pencils of Promise Fundraiser". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  18. ^ "C'est Prune: 3LAU". Prune Magazine. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  19. ^ "3LAU Chart history: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Bein, Kat (2018-02-16). "3LAU's 'Ultraviolent' LP Burns Bright And Upbeat, Helps Fight Cancer: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  21. ^ Rishty, David (2018-05-25). "3LAU Finds Summer Sound on 'Dirty Neon' With Zaxx: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-05-26. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  22. ^ Herman, Tamar (2018-11-14). "HYO Of Girls' Generation Teams Up With 3LAU For 'Punk Right Now': Watch". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-11-28. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  23. ^ "Game Time (feat. Ninja) - Single by 3LAU on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  24. ^ "Would You Understand (feat. Carly Paige) - Single by 3LAU on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  25. ^ Powell, Karlie (2018-05-11). "3LAU Gets Heavy With Electro Remix for One of His Best Tracks". Your EDM. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 2018-05-12.

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