Dallas Austin

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Dallas Austin
Born (1970-12-29) December 29, 1970 (age 44)
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop, new jack swing, pop rock, electropop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, musician, film producer
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 record producer, songwriter, musician, and film producer, born in Columbus, Georgia.[1] 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.


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. He co-wrote and co-produced the will.i.am single, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)".[citation needed]

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.[2][3]

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.'[2][3]

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.[2][3]



  1. ^ "Make It Funky: The Rise & Fall of the Highland Place Mobsters". redbullmusicacademy.com. Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  2. ^ 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 November 15, 2013. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  3. ^ 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 September 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 

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