Justin David Blau (born January 9, 1991), better known by his stage name 3LAU (pronounced "Blau"), is an American progressive house and electro house producer and Ableton performer. 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. In 2014 he released the track "Vikings" with Botnek on Dim Mak Records.
Justin David Blau was born in Syosset, New York, United States on January 9, 1991 . 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. He attended The Meadows School for high school and Washington University in St. Louis for college.
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." 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 Tiesto's "Work Hard, Play Hard".
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 America's 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 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."
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.
Style and equipment
Much of 3LAU's music incorporates electro house, dubstep and progressive house. He is known for his melodic take on dance music and live sets that incorporate sampling. He is also known for using Ableton.
|Year||Album title||Release details|
|2011||Dance Floor Filth 1|
|2012||Dance Floor Filth 2|
|2013||Dance Floor Filth 3|
|2013||March Mashup Mondays|
|2014||Dance Floor Filth 4|
|2016||Dance Floor Filth 5|
- "Bang" (Tiësto Bootleg)
- "Don't Wait" (unreleased yet, 3LAU himself singing)
- "Always" (with Blinders featuring Charles)
|Release Title||Release Date||Release Label|
|3LAU & Paris & Simo featuring Bright Lights - Escape||24-06-2013||Revealed Recordings|
|3LAU featuring Bright Lights - How You Love Me||18-03-2014||Island Records|
|Botnek & 3LAU - Vikings||08-04-2014||Dim Mak Records|
|Dash Berlin & 3LAU featuring Bright Lights - Somehow||29-08-2014||Mainstage Music|
|3LAU featuring Luciana - We Came To Bang||28-11-2014||Musical Freedom Records|
|3LAU & 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|
The following is an incomplete list of remixes by 3LAU.
- Zedd - "Spectrum" (3LAU Remix)
- James Egbert - "Back to New" (3LAU Remix)
- Kap Slap - "E.T. Feels Starry Eyed" (3LAU Remix)
- Adele - "Set Fire to the Rain" (3LAU Bootleg)
- Tiësto - "Red Lights" (3LAU's Acoustic Version)
- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - "Bang Bang" (3LAU Remix)
- Shawn Mendes - "Stitches" (3LAU Remix)
- Justin Bieber - "Sorry" (3LAU Remix)
- The Chainsmokers - "Don't Let Me Down" (3LAU Remix)
|Year||Single name||Primary artist(s)||Album||Label||Date|
|20||"" (featuring 3LAU)|