Go DJ, That’s My DJ!
With the rise of EDM and more similar dance music over the past few years, comes a surge in popularity in a few of the top DJ’s – and a flow of ridiculous f***ing cash!
Take a look at the top 10 highest-paid DJ’s – a list that features some insane dollar figures!
Calvin Harris ($66 million)
Talk about a rags-to-riches story. In his early years, Harris worked as a grocery store clerk. Today, he’s turned the music industry upside down, working with big names such as Rihanna and Kesha on his way to becoming arguably the most popular DJ in America.
David Guetta ($30 million)
A steep drop off in dollar amounts from Harris to Guetta, but this uber famous European DJ has toured with Rihanna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, all while raking in that bank roll.
Avicii ($28 million)
This 24-year-old has exploded onto the scene with his famous “Wake Me Up” jam that reached over four million hits in the U.S. alone. For someone so young, he’s doin’ alright!
Tiesto ($28 million)
Over the last two years, Tiesto has racked up over $60 million, an absurd number topped only by Harris.
Steve Aoki ($23 million)
Perhaps the busiest man on this list, Aoki oftentimes will play three shows a day. With endorsements from companies such as Bud Light and Guitar Center, Aoki has cracked the top five with his passion and love for giving his all for the crowd.
Afrojack ($22 million)
The coolest fact about Afrojack is he’s is endorsed by Nike, a rare feat for a music DJ. Oh, and that $22 MIL ain’t bad, either.
Zedd ($21 million)
Zedd is not dead (you’re welcome Pulp Fiction fans). The protégé of Skrillex has now earned even more than his mentor at just 24 years old.
Kaskade ($17 million)
After releasing nine albums, No. 10 was the charm for Kaskade, as he earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica album for Atmosphere.
Skrillex ($16.5 million)
Although perhaps on the downturn of his career, the six-time Grammy winner has still continued to kill shows and has even scored films such as Wreck-It Ralph.
Deadmau5 ($16 million)
Known for wearing a mouse head costume, this DJ has become one of the most lucrative names in the business, and is often a fan favorite at festivals across the country.
There you have it. If you’re looking to make a shitload of music in a thrilling industry, start learning how to spin some records and you’ll be using Benjamin Franklin’s for napkins.