Once famous for his bootlegs and mashups, 22-year-old DJ 3lau has come a long way since his humble beginnings. Riding on the success of his recent album release, Dance Floor Filth 3, 3lau proves his ability as a big room house producer, dominating dance floors everywhere as his talents grow exponentially. The young DJ promises to release 5 new original tracks in early 2014, but in the meantime, he thanks his fans for their continued support with a release of “Escape Me Home.” First heard at EDC, 3lau’s mashup combines remixes of Revealed Recordings‘ “Escape” by Flatdisk, Kill FM, and Charity Strike and melds them together with “Take Me Home” by Cash Cash. It’s another great 3lau remix that won’t even cost a dime – what could be better?
There is no doubt that 22 year-old mashup master Justin Blau, better known as 3LAU, doesn’t take his title as the “up-and-coming name to watch in dance music” lightly. He is in the middle of his own 3LAU Your Mind Tour, has upcoming dates for his collaborative Night Riot Experience Tour with Carnage, and is on the brink of his latest album release, coming on October 29th. His upcoming Dance Floor Filth 3 is a compilation that returns to 3LAU’s mashup style roots by adding layers of hip-hop, pop, and acapella influence to some of dance music’s most popular, heavy-hitter songs. Fans of the North American electro-house producer may be familiar with some of these mixes; 3LAU explains due to popular demand after he premiered these tracks on his mix series 3LAU Haus and live sets, he decided to release a short album that includes his Krewella, Martin Garrix, timeflies mixes and more.
As a teaser to Dance Floor Filth 3, 3LAU is releasing his first exclusive preview to the premier original track from the album here. “Crime” is a big room electro-house tune that features stunning crystal vocals from Daphne and Project 46. Along with fellow producer Moiez, 3LAU has created a high-energy original that unfolds into a detailed melodic progression lift. This big room sound will be available for free download tomorrow along with Dance Floor Filth 3.
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
On Sunday morning, after the first day of Escapade Music Festival and its after parties came and went, the city lay in an eerie calm. The early morning sun rose on the final day of the festival, enticing fans to quit their snooze button routines as they rallied for the weekend’s deepest day. With no shortage of talent, highly demanded artists were billed across the main stage and the bass stage (formerly the tech stage) for twelve hours of partying that would come to a close when the clock struck Canada Day. From Deniz Koyu to Markus Schulz and from Seven Lions to Crookers, heavyweight headliners and big-dog supporting acts left not one minute to be spared. In the nation’s capital for its biggest holiday, Dancing Astronaut presents the 5 Ws of Escapade Music Festival — who, what, where, when, and why from day two.
Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings has kicked off a strong summer campaign with the fourth installment of its compilation series, and is moving forward, making way for rising talent to take dance music’s production front by storm. Making a splash with one of his first major releases, 3LAU, the 22-year-old DJ known for his mashups and live sets, has teamed up with the upcoming, talented duo of Paris & Simo for “Escape.” The collaboration between young producers has resulted in a big room sound that could be mistaken for the work of a veteran squad. Boasting crisp drumlines, clean builds, and mighty drop, Bright Lights brings the track full-circle with a fitting vocal that comes as stamp of anthem status.
With Pete Tong holding the fort in Las Vegas for the annual EDMBiz conference, Danny Howard took the reigns for this week’s Essential Selection radio show for BBC Radio One. Between crowning Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” his first Essential New Tune and getting the cream of the crop from Dutch duo Bingo Players, Howard held the fort with cutting edge tunes from start to finish.
Kicking off with Don Diablo & Matt Nash’s “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)” and recently unveiled Revealed Recordings vocal anthem “Escape” from 3Lau & Paris & Simo, Howard lead a festival-proof overhaul from start to finish. With brand new material coming from Dannic, Duck Sauce and Eric Prydz, Marcus Schossow & Sebjak’s latest single “Kemi” added to a future-focused installment on all counts.
Bingo Players were in the seats with their Goody Goodies, with Dancing Astronaut’s own One To Watch MAKJ and youngest Beatport chart topper Martin Garrix all along for the ride. After celebrating the country-esque wrath of “Wake Me Up” and inaugurating Axwell’s “I Found U” into the Pete Tong Hall of Fame, Howard topped a successful first stint with his own Weekend Hot Mix from across the global dance spectrum.
Listen: BBC Radio One
Having spent numerous weeks sitting anonymously on the DMC buzz chart, North American breakout 3LAU debuts on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings imprint alongside Canadian label favorites Paris & Simo for a definitive installment of vocal dance music. Last found sporting a topline for Hardwell & Dyro’s “Never Say Goodbye,” Heather Bright is once again the icing on the cake for this summer primed anthem of universal quality. Where the American/Canadian entourage brings radio-friendly songwriting to the table, the energy that has fueled Revealed’s digital legacy is not wasted upon “Escape.” Between these four young talents, electronic dance music’s foreseeable future looks in safe hands.
Well, folks, Dancing Astronaut has come a long way and we have you to thank. In celebration of reaching 40,000 Facebook fans, we’ve compiled a massive bootleg pack featuring exclusives from some of our favorite artists – all free, all yours. With the introduction of Space Food Vol. 1, we aimed to provide a healthy zero gravity diet agreeable to any cosmonaut’s palate. From the impeccable progressive fusions of 3LAU, Ken Loi, and Sultan & Ned Shepard to boisterous electro blends from Paris & Simo and Dannic, there’s no shortage of sustenance. GTA, Morten Breum, Vicetone, and Viceroy also toss their hats in the ring for a genuinely diverse selection of mashups, bootlegs, and remixes. Go on, squelch your appetite, and download the entire compilation for free. Thanks for the continued support and sharing our love for dance music! Download and tracklist after the break.
In the wake of Sandy’s east coast destruction we saw numerous artists step up and support the cause, but one DJs charitable efforts exceed isolated incidents. In April, Justin Blau — better known as 3LAU — partnered with the non-profit organization, Pencils of Promise to build three schools in developing countries. By donating all the proceeds from his single, “Back to New,” Justin was able to raise the requisite $25,000 for the first school within two months, and now the Justo Rufino Primary School in Guatemala is already up and running. After paying the school a visit Justin reports; “their appreciation of the school, and dedication to the youth of the community was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”
In order to raise the funds for the second school, he decided to donate $1 from every ticket sold on 22 dates for his 3LAU Your Mind tour to the cause. Through these efforts he was able to raise $10,876 — nearly half the necessary funds — towards the second school. Beyond its fundraising success the tour was also personally fulfilling for Justin
“From playing venues and festivals I’ve always dreamed of — like House of Blues Boston with my friends Paris & Simo and Electric Zoo NY — to meeting so many awesome people along the way, it was easily the best three months of my life.”
We hope other DJs will follow suit in using their success to help others.
Click below for an exclusive mixtape from Justin and information on how to donate.
Our favorite electro-house mashup wunderkind, Justin Blau (better known as 3LAU), just treated us with the seventh episode of his mix series. The mix features a few new 3LAU edits, a few older tracks (they still sound good), and some new releases from other big names in the scene. 3LAU’s mixes are quite like his sets: fast-paced, high energy, and nothing short of crowd pleasing. Enjoy the tracklist and enter 3LAU’s haus after the break.