Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as some would call it, has seen explosive growth in popularity over the last year. And with that growth comes high demand for some of the world’s best DJs. Forbes has put together a list of the highest paid EDM DJs – some earning as much as $100,000 a show. See if your favorite DJ made the list after the jump.
EDM is a broad genre, with several sub-genres and styles. Some of the most well known sub-genres and styles include house, techno, trance, and dubstep. Forbes‘ annual income estimates include earnings from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales, and external business ventures, on top of their DJ gigs.
Earnings have more than doubled in comparison to last year’s list, with the top jockey earning $22 Million in 2012 and $46 Million in 2013. According to Forbes, EDM’s 12 top earners pulled in $268 million just within the past year – more than the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of island nations Kiribati and Tuvalu – thanks mostly to six-figure nightly fees paid out by super-clubs from Vegas to Ibiza. This is more than likely the direct result of growing ticket prices and sales. Online ticket service, Eventbright, has seen gross ticket sales quadruple for EDM events in the last year, according to Yahoo! Finance.
Below is the listing of DJs, in order of their earnings, as well as links to their respective Soundcloud pages. Check out some of their music if you aren’t familiar with them already:
- Calvin Harris ($46 million)
- Tiesto ($32 million)
- David Guetta ($30 million)
- Swedish House Mafia ($25 million)
- Deadmau5 ($21 million)
- Avicii ($20 million)
- Afrojack ($18 million)
- Armin van Buuren ($17 million)
- (tie). Skrillex ($16 million)
- (tie). Kaskade ($16 million)
- Steve Aoki ($14 million)
- (tie). DJ Pauly D ($13 million)
- (tie). Diplo ($13 million)
It’ll be interesting to see if this trend will continue upward, or gradually fade into oblivion, similar to the boy band era.
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Source: Forbes Magazine