Justin David Blau (born January 9, 1991),[2] better known by his stage name 3LAU (pronounced "Blau"),[3] is an American progressive house and electro house producer and Ableton performer.[4] 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

Justin David Blau was born in Syosset, New York, United States on (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 .[2] 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.[4] He attended The Meadows School for high school and Washington University in St. Louis for college.[4]


3LAU has raised over $93,800 to non-profit Pencils of Promise.[6] In 2013, 3LAU announced he had built his first school with the non-profit and was on his way to build a second.[7]

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 [he] didn't think anyone was doing a good job."[8] 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.[9]

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.[9] 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.[10]

In late 2013, he went on a short tour with Carnage called the Night Riot tour.[11][12] 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."[11]

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.[13]

Style and equipment

Much of 3LAU's music incorporates electro house, dubstep and progressive house.[9] 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
YearAlbum titleRelease details
2011Dance Floor Filth 1
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2012Dance Floor Filth 2
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2013Dance Floor Filth 3
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2013March Mashup Mondays
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2014Dance Floor Filth 4
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2016Dance Floor Filth 5
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


  • "Bang" (Tiësto Bootleg)
  • "Don't Wait" (unreleased yet, 3LAU himself singing)
  • "Always" (with Blinders featuring Charles)
Release TitleRelease DateRelease Label
3LAU & Paris & Simo featuring Bright Lights - Escape24-06-2013Revealed Recordings
3LAU featuring Bright Lights - How You Love Me18-03-2014Island Records
Botnek & 3LAU - Vikings08-04-2014Dim Mak Records
Dash Berlin & 3LAU featuring Bright Lights - Somehow29-08-2014Mainstage Music
3LAU featuring Luciana - We Came To Bang28-11-2014Musical Freedom Records
3LAU & Nom De Strip featuring Estelle - The Night12-01-2015Revealed Recordings
3LAU featuring Emma Hewitt - Alive Again06-07-2015Armada Music
Bright Lights featuring 3LAU - Runaway16-10-2015Dim Mak Records
3LAU featuring Yeah Boy - Is It Love29-03-2016Blume Music


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

Guest appearances

Selected songs featuring 3LAU
YearSingle namePrimary artist(s)AlbumLabelDate
20"" (featuring 3LAU)