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Au5
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Background information
Birth nameAustin Collins
Born (1992-09-18) September 18, 1992 (age 27)
New Jersey, United States
GenresElectronic, dubstep, drum and bass, house, electro house, ambient, trance and glitch hop
Occupation(s)Music producer
InstrumentsPiano, Bass, Synthesizer, Digital Audio Workstation (Logic Pro, FL Studio, Ableton Live)
Years active2008 - present
LabelsMonstercat
Atom Recordings
Armada Music
Adapted Records
Rottun Recordings
Viper Recordings
Anemnesis
Funky Element Records
Gravitas Recordings
Walt Disney Records/Pixar
Magik Muzik
Simplify Recordings
NoCopyrightSounds
WebsiteAu5 on Facebook

Austin Collins, also known by his stage name Au5 (pronounced "A U five"), is an American electronic dance music producer from New Jersey, United States.[1] The name Au5 comes from Austin's first three letters of his name.[citation needed]

On August 29, 2014, Au5 released his track "Snowblind" on Monstercat, featured on the compilation 019 - Endeavour and currently has over 7 million views on YouTube.[2] Au5 has repeatedly made his way into Beatport's Top 10, spanning various genres by combining elements of electro house, progressive house, trance, and dubstep, while experimenting with others. He has collaborated with Fractal and I.Y.F.F.E multiple times.

History[edit | edit source]

Since the age of 4, Austin has been involved with music, and has had constant exposure to multiple genres, both old and contemporary.[3] He received weekly classical piano training until the age of 12. He started using Easy Beat, a simple multi-track MIDI sequencer, when he was 8 years old, and when he was 11, he learned the program GarageBand. At the age of 12, he began taking production more seriously; having been in numerous bands, and learning how to mix, Austin decided to start a solo project as Au5.[4]

In 2012 he teamed up with I.Y.F.F.E. and won the Seven Lions Official Remix contest on Beatport, with his remix of "Days to Come", which was released on Skrillex's OWSLA label.[5]

Austin's debut album, Minimality, was self-released on September 28, 2010 and included trance elements. He later self-released an 8-track album, Anchus Definy, on June 30, 2011. His EP Iconoclast was later released through Atom recordings on May 14, 2012.

Au5 also collaborated with BT on the single "Partysaurus Overflow" for Walt Disney Records/Pixar,[6] and was also featured with Matt Hales on BT's single "Surrounded", which made it to #2 on Beatport's dubstep chart. Alongside Bada and Fractal, Au5 contributed to the track "City Life" from BT's album A Song Across Wires, released on August 16, 2013, by Armada Music.

"Sweet" (A collaboration with Auratic and I.Y.F.F.E), a complextro song, was Austin's debut release on Monstercat on February 11, 2013. He later released "Halcyon", a drumstep track along with Fractal. Au5's first solo release on Monstercat was his Blossom EP, featuring the melodic dubstep track "Blossom" and the drum and bass track "Moonland." A 4-track EP was later released on Monstercat with Fractal on December 2, 2013, titled Secret Weapon EP, with 3 of the tracks uploaded to the Monstercat YouTube channel. In these releases, Au5 used Trance, Bass and House influences to create fast-paced, heavy yet melodic tracks.

"Follow You", a progressive house song featuring vocals from Danyka Nadeau, was released through Monstercat in March 2014, and a remix EP was released on July the same Year, featuring remixes from Rootkit, Virtual Riot, Fractal, Ducked Ape, Volant, Rhythmics, and a VIP mix. Austin later released "Snowblind", featuring vocals from Tasha Baxter, a dubstep song that seamlessly fuses melodic, vocal parts and heavy sections with a unique drop, again through Monstercat, and has since become Au5's most popular song, reaching #1 on Beatport and amassing over 3.5 million views on YouTube. A free self-released remix EP was later released. He closed out his 2014 tracks with the commercial house song "Crossroad" featuring Danyka Nadeau.

2015 saw Austin release Tracks of increasing variety. "Dream Of Love", a glitch hop collaboration with Heavy J featuring vocals from Kenny Raye, was released on Simplify Recordings in May. Au5 later released 3 singles under Monstercat: "Inside", an electro house track with vocals from Danyka Nadeau; "Atlantis", a dubstep song; and "Guardians" a progressive house song featuring Fiora; he also released a 2-track EP with Fractal entitled "Ison / Pavonine".

It was announced on February 10 that Austin would be joining Infected Mushroom on their 2015 US Tour.[7]

As of 2016, Austin is no longer signed to Monstercat, stating that he and Monstercat began to deviate in terms of their music, but they were on good terms.[8] He released an extended play, titled "Freefall", on Gravitas Recordings in 2016.

Musical Style[edit | edit source]

Austin has been known to employ trance influences in his dubstep tracks and elsewhere. His tracks are generally characterised by a strong basslines and atmospheric pads. Au5 has produced dubstep, drumstep, drum and bass, electro house, progressive house, trance, ambient as well as orchestral, frequently combining elements of each.

Discography[edit | edit source]

[9][10][11]

Albums[edit | edit source]

Title Details
Minimality
  • Released: September 28, 2010
Anchus Definy
  • Released: June 30, 2011

Extended plays[edit | edit source]

Year Title
2012 Iconoclast
2013 Singularity
Subvert (with Fractal)
House Party
Blossom
Metronic
Secret Weapon (with Fractal)
2014 Follow You (The Remixes) (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
2015 Snowblind (The Remixes) (feat. Tasha Baxter)
Ison / Pavonine (with Fractal)
Dream of Love (The Remixes) (with Heavy J featuring Kenny Raye)
2016 Any Longer / Hit Rewind (feat. Q'AILA)
Freefall (feat. Cristina Soto)
2018 The Recency Effect (with Mr. Bill)

Singles[edit | edit source]

Year Title
2012 "The Essence"
"Ennui"
"Iteration"
"The Seahorse VIP"
"Partysaurus Overflow" (with BT)
"Hypersphere VIP"
2013 "Lucky" (with Auratic and I.Y.F.F.E)
"Sweet" (with Auratic and I.Y.F.F.E)
"Crystal Mathematics" (feat. Shaz Sparks)
"Flower of Life/First Blood" (with I.Y.F.F.E and Helicopter Showdown)
"Halcyon" (with Fractal)
"French Cigarette" (with I.Y.F.F.E)
"Vapor"
"Secret Weapon" (with Fractal)
"Blue" (with Fractal)
"Dreaming" (with Fractal)
"Tendril" (with Collin McLoughlin)
2014 "Myst"
"Follow You" (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
"Reiteration"
"Etheros"
"Snowblind" (feat. Tasha Baxter)
"Spawn" (with Fractal and Bird of Prey)
"Crossroad" (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
2015 "Neptuna"
"Serenata" (feat. Keeley)
"Dream of Love" (with Heavy J, feat. Kenny Raye)
"Inside" (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
"Bigger Than Me" (With Tasha Baxter)
"Atlantis"
"Guardians" (feat. Fiora)
"The Cliff"
2016 "Virgo"
"Shlappy" (With Mr. Bill)
"Return To Moonland"
"Watership"
2017 "Blossom VIP"
"Arise"
"I Miss You" (feat. Kenny Rave)
"Sea Rose" (With River Accorsi)
"Yeah Boi" (With River Accorsi)
"Impulse" (With Culprate)
"Cosmoscope"
"Goo Lagoon"
"Lush" (With Last Heroes, feat. Holly Drummond)
2018 "The Zero Point" (feat. Holly Drummond)
"Closer" (feat. Danyka Nadeau)

Remixes[edit | edit source]

Year Title
2011 Erasure - "I Lose Myself"
2012 Lightspeed Rescue - "Keep Your Body Moving"
LMFAO - "Party Rock Anthem"
BT, Nadia Ali, & Arty - "Must Be the Love"
Adventure Club - "Wait" (with I.Y.F.F.E)
2013 Singularity - "Breathe" (with Auratic and I.Y.F.F.E)
Seven Lions feat. Fiora - "Days to Come" (with I.Y.F.F.E.)
Dino Safari - "Ghost Named Charlie"
ShockOne feat. Metrik & Kyza - "Lazerbeam"
Singularity - "Alone" (with Fractal)
Digital Eyes - "Samuel L. Jackson"
Faruk Sabanci feat. Jaren - "Discover"
BT feat. Matt Hales - "Surrounded"
Prismatic - "Minty" (with Fractal)
Scatman John - "Scatman" (with Savant, Fractal, and Prismatic)
Blatwax - "Illuminate"
2014 Yanntek - "Moving On"
Fractal - "Urchin"
Manufactured Superstars feat. Jarvis Church - "Stay"
Virtual Riot - "We're Not Alone"
Akira Complex - "Odyssey"
Revolvr & Genesis feat. Splitbreed - "Unstoppable"
Juventa feat. Kelly Sweet - "Superhuman"
Xilent feat. Sue Gerger - "The Place"
2015 Illenium & Said The Sky feat. Cristina Soto - "Painted White" (with Fractal)
Infected Mushroom feat. Sasha Grey - "Fields of Grey"
2017 Psy-Fi - "Ecotone"
2018 APEK feat. Stassi - "Supernatural"

Other songs[edit | edit source]

Year Title Released
2012 "Techland" Soundcloud
"Deep In The Mist"
2017 "Elemental [Sample Pack]"

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Au5 Official Soundcloud".
  2. Monstercat (August 29, 2014), [Dubstep] - Au5 - Snowblind (feat. Tasha Baxter) [Monstercat Release], retrieved February 18, 2016
  3. Ben Gutnik, "EDM CHARTS’ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | Au5" EDM Charts, April 14, 2013
  4. Aleks Zander, "Exclusive Interview With Ground-Breaking Artist – "Au5″ V.I.Peeps, March 22, 2014
  5. Michael Sundius, "Seven Lions – Days to Come (AU5 & I.Y.F.F.E. Remix)", Dancing Astronaut, January 1, 2013
  6. Mike Bastoli, "Partysaurus Overflow Available for Download", Big Screen Animation, November 19, 2012
  7. US Tour. [1], February 21, 2014
  8. "Hey its Au5, ask me anything! • r/EDM". reddit. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  9. "Beatport"
  10. "iTunes"
  11. "Soundcloud"


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