Forbes recently made some estimates to determine the highest paid DJs of this past year. For some, it’s hard to fathom that these guys make millions knob-turning and flip-switching. In reality, some of these DJs have really shown the world that electronic music has soul. Computers have become a tool that has provided new avenues to expand creativity in the world of music. Whether these artists actually deserve the big bucks…well, that’s for you to decide. I thought I’d help by breaking it down for you (pun intended!):
1. Tiësto– $22 million
Claim to Fame: The original big DJ celebrity. Plays enormous sold-out crowds touring the world round.
Hit: Adagio For Strings
2. Skrillex – $15 million
Claim to Fame: DUBSTEP! Skrillex found international fame by mashing together dubstep with glitchy electronica.
Hit: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
3. Swedish House Mafia– $14 million
Claim to Fame: Three of Sweden’s best DJ’s come together to make poppy trance music.
4. David Guetta– $13.5 million
Claim to Fame: Bringing club beats into the pop world. Thank heavens!
Hit: Turn Me On (ft. Nicki Minaj)
5. Steve Aoki – $12 million
Claim to Fame: Master remixer. Steve’s worked with everyone from Tiësto to indie rock band Bloc Party.
Hit: Pursuit of Happiness Remix (Kid Cudi)
6. Deadmau5 – $11.5 million
Claim to Fame: Iconic mouse head! Deadmau5 adds catchy hooks over very well produced electronic beats to make a song that is sure to get stuck in your head.
Hit: Some Chords
7. DJ Pauly D – $11 million
Claim to Fame: The Jersey Shore. Not much else to say!
Hit: Night of My Life
8. Kaskade – $10 million
Claim to Fame: Dreamy electronica with pop elements make Kaskade great for casual listening or dancing wildly at a club.
Hit: Move For Me
9. Afrojack – $9 million
Claim to Fame: Found a niche producing and remixing pop songs for club-friendly tunes.
Hit: Rock The House
10. Avicii – $7 million
Claim to Fame: Young Swedish musician with INSANE dance hits that are destined for club anthem status.
Hit: Seek Bromance