ⓘ 3LAU


ⓘ 3LAU

Justin David Blau, better known by his stage name 3LAU, is an American DJ and electronic dance music producer. Raised in New York and Las Vegas by parents who emphasized the importance of charitable work, 3LAU left college, where he studied finance, and the promise of a career in business to pursue his dream of making music. He went on to release a string of well-received 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 - all of which have racked up millions of streams. Recent collaborations include world-famous gamer Ninja and HYO of Girls’ Generation. 3LAU also built his reputation as a must see live performer, appearing at such major festivals as Electric Zoo, EDC Vegas, Lollapalooza, and Life Is Beautiful, and tours extensively internationally.


1. Early life

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


2. Background

Much of 3LAUs music incorporates electro house, dubstep, deep house, and progressive house. 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 thats 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.”


3.1. Music career 2011–12: First releases

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 didnt think anyone was doing a good job." He soon began mixing under the professional name 3LAU, and by June of that year was uploading mashups to YouTube.

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 Tiestos "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.


3.2. Music career 2012–15: Singles, touring

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. In 2012, the Las Vegas Review-Journal described him as "one of Americas fastest-rising DJ-producers." In 2012 he released Dance Floor Filth 2, an album featuring his production.

In late 2013, he went on a short tour with Carnage called the Night Riot tour. Wrote Jonah Ollman of Sound of Boston about 3LAUs live performances in late 2013, "A nice balance of mashups, electro-house, poppy vocal samples, and a 90s throwback here and there keep the young 20-something crowd going and constantly entertained."

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.


3.3. Music career 2016-17: Blume Records

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."


3.4. Music career 2018-19: Ultraviolet, OMF

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." 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.


4. Philanthropy

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


5. Discography


  • 3LAU – "Star Crossed" 3LAU DnB Remix
  • Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – "Bang Bang" 3LAU Remix
  • San Holo - "Lost Lately" 3LAU Remix
  • Tiesto – "Red Lights" 3LAUs Acoustic Version
  • The Chainsmokers – "Dont Let Me Down" 3LAU Remix
  • Adele – "Set Fire to the Rain" 3LAU Bootleg
  • Shawn Mendes – "Stitches" 3LAU Remix
  • Blinders featuring Charles – "Always" 3LAU Mix
  • 3LAU – "On My Own" 3LAU Electro Remix
  • Kap Slap – "E.T. Feels Starry Eyed" 3LAU Remix
  • James Egbert – "Back to New" 3LAU Remix
  • Justin Bieber – "Sorry" 3LAU Remix
  • Alesso – Is That for Me 3LAU Remix
  • Katy Perry – "Bon Appetit" 3LAU Remix
  • Rihanna – Desperado 3LAU Remix
  • Ariana Grande – "Into You" 3LAU Remix
  • Anitta and Alesso – Is That for Me 3LAU Remix
  • Zedd – "Spectrum" 3LAU Remix
  • 3LAU and Audien – "Hot Water" 3LAU DNB Remix