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Birth name Justin David Blau
Born (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 24)
Syosset, New York, United States
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres EDM, progressive house, electro house, mashup
Occupation(s) DJ and producer
Instruments Synthesizer, mixer, piano, guitar, vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels Revealed Recordings, Strictly Rhythm, Island Records, Musical Freedom, Dim Mak Records
Website Official website

Justin David Blau (born January 9, 1991),[1] better known by his stage name 3LAU (pronounced "blau"),[2] is an American progressive house and electro house producer and Ableton performer.[3] 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.[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 24).[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.[3]

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."[5] 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.[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."[3] In 2012 he released Dance Floor Filth 2, an album featuring his own original 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]

Style and equipment[edit]

Much of 3LAU's music incorporates electro house, dubstep 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.



Albums by 3LAU
Year Album title Release details
2011 Dance Floor Filth 1
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2012 Dance Floor Filth 2
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2013 Dance Floor Filth 3
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2013 March Mashup Mondays
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2014 Dance Floor Filth 4
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


  • "Escape" (with Paris & Simo featuring Bright Lights)
  • "How You Love Me" (featuring Bright Lights) (Universal Island (March 18, 2014)
  • "Vikings" (with Botnek)
  • "Bang" (Tiësto Bootleg)
  • "Don't Wait" (unrealeased yet, 3LAU himself singing)
  • "Somehow" (w/ Dash Berlin, featuring Bright Lights)
  • "Always" (with Blinders featuring Charles)
  • "We Came to Bang" (featuring Luciana)
  • "The Night" (with Nom de Strip featuring Estelle)


The following is an incomplete list of remixes by 3LAU.

Further reading[edit]


See also[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 e 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. ^ "Las Vegas Weekly profile". October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "MTV Newsroom 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. 

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