3LAU’s Your Mind Tour, which spanned 50 tour dates and crossed 26 different states beginning in late August, is coming to a close as he approaches the final date in Los Angeles on December 14 at The Fonda Theatre, before joining Avicii and Nero for NYE at Lights All Night in Dallas.
3LAU commented that the hugely successful tour was “A life changing experience; seeing thousands of fans react to new music has always been my biggest wish.”
He has been previewing two original tracks as well as some fresh bootlegs throughout the tour, many of which will be released in 2013. The tour’s biggest highlights, he says, were at Boston’s House of Blues and New York’s Webster Hall-
“It was the biggest crowd and craziest production I’ve ever had for my own headlining show, it was really inspiring for me, to keep working at this, to make it even bigger.”
While groundbreaking recently began on the Justo Rufino Primary School in Guatemala (photo below), 3LAU is about to wrap up a tour where he donated $1 from each ticket sold at most of his shows including Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. The tour is the first step in raising an additional $25,000 for the non-profit organization Pencils of Promise, and after his LA show, 3LAU and his fans will have raised nearly half the funds to build the second school.
When 3LAU’s remix of “Back To New” came out on Beatport on April 30th (and hit top #3 on the site’s overall chart), Justin pledged to donate all proceeds from the sale of the track to Pencils of Promise. “’Back to New’ Gives Back to PoP” was a global initiative by 3LAU to raise $25,000 for Pencils of Promise (PoP), a non-profit organization that builds schools for underprivileged children in developing nations such as Guatemala, Laos, and Nicaragua.
“Education is a right that all human begins should have,” reiterates Blau, “Yet there are 75 million children just like us without access to it. I’m ready to help that change. Let’s harness the power of the dance music movement to give something real: to give back.”
After seeing photos of the first school going up, which was funded by $25,000 Justin raised through Beatport sales, he commented that the pictures “Absolutely wowed me. It was the first proof in my mind that we actually did something amazing for the community, the result of our really hard work.” Justin will be heading down to Guatemala in January for the new school’s inauguration. He says he is “Most excited to experience the culture of the community we’ve worked with; together we built this societal monument that has so much power to benefit Justo Rufino.”
3LAU is a progressive house producer and DJ with a background in piano, guitar, and drums. Combining top-40 acapellas with instrumental bangers, 3LAU kickstarted his career by producing signature mixes that transcend the traditional definition of a bootleg, seamlessly weaving tracks that breed dance floor filth. Now, the next phase begins, as 3LAU prepares to release his next original track and eventually sing on his own records. With a background in piano, guitar, and drums, Justin first produced indie/folk, but a trip to Sweden in the summer of 2011 opened his eyes to the world of house. The idea to work with Pencils of Promise stemmed from Justin’s goal to combine his philanthropic interests with his love for dance music. 3LAU is adamant about giving back by working with the community that has catapulted his career.