Summer is just round the corner and festivals everywhere have already begun releasing their line-up to entice us. Electronic Dance Music has taken over the globe. While Ultra was the first to start a trend taking their festival from Miami to other parts of the world, other festivals like EDC and Tomorrowland followed suit. The music is bigger than ever and here’s a list of the ones that make it, and how much they earned making it.
1- Calvin Harris – $66 Million
Calvin Harris (born Adam Wiles) is the world’s most sought after DJ. The ex Marks & Spencer shelf-filler has made himself a huge fortune, starting his music career by using video game sounds to make his tunes. Now he makes tunes with Rihanna, plays at festivals like Coachella and has a million dollar signing at the famous Hakkasan nightclub in Las Vegas.
2- David Guetta -$30 Million
The man who might as well have brought EDM to the mainstream, David Guetta is still going strong. He started DJing in a Parisian nightclub at 18 and has been soaring ever since. He has collaborated with Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and charges top dollar for his residency at top clubs in North America and Ibiza.
3- Avicii – $28 Million
Tim Berg chose the name Avicii after his friend told him that it was a level in Buddhist Hell. The extra i was added because Avici was already taken on My Space. These humble beginnings would have anybody surprised if the music superstar Madonna handpicked you to shimmy her way into the EDM scene, which is exactly what happened to Avicii at Ultra Music Festival in 2012.
4- Tiesto – $28 Million
The legendary Tiesto is the most venerated DJ to ever hail from the inspiring Dutch culture. Another world class DJ who has a multi-million contract with Hakkasan. He has a multitude of shows for another year running, bringing in $60 million in the last 24 months.
5- Steve Aoki – $23 Million
A world class entertainer, who actually made getting ‘caked’ a thing, Steve Aoki tirelessly spins decks, crowd surfs with Skrillex on his back and sprays champagne at the crowd. Sometimes he performs at 3 shows in one day, claiming that he has excelled at power napping. Just head to any festival he’s playing at this summer, you’ll be guaranteed a buzz for the rest of the year.
6- Afrojack – $22 Million
Born Nick van de Wall, Afrojack is another Dutch success story. Along with a Hakkasan contract under his belt, he heavily endorses clothing brands Nike and G-star RAW.
7- Zedd – $21 Million
Zedd’s Clarity went platinum and now the 24 year old has increased in value, going from $20,000 to one in six figures. The Skrillex protege has also produced for pop singers Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, which has helped his sudden rise.
8- Kaskade – $17 Million
Ryan Raddon or more famously known as Kaskade is number 8 on the list. His album Atmosphere has been nominated for the Best Dance/Electronica award at the Grammy’s.
9- Skrillex – $16.5 Million
The six-time Grammy award winner, Sonny John Moore, better known as Skrillex has just released his new album Recess that sold 48000 copies in its first week of release. His steady income is sourced from his live shows, his own brand label OWSLA and films like Wreck it Ralph.
10- Deadmau5 -$16 Million
Earning more that half a million dollars per night at lucrative gigs, the gigantic mouse-head costume wearing Deadmau5 does not need to perform at half as many gigs as those DJs listed on here. Recording since 2004, he gets his name from a fried mouse found in his computer.
11- Hardwell -$13 Million
A newcomer on this list, bolstered by his performance at Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland in 2012, Hardwell became the number one DJ in the world in 2013. He has his own recording label Revealed Recordings and his I Am Hardwell shows are an instant sell-out, globally.