These ain’t your bar mitzvah DJs.
Between June 2016 and June 2017,
Forbes estimates that these 10 masters of electronic dance music (EDM) earned a combined $298 million — a significant rise from $270.5 million in 2016. The increase is attributed largely to new talent Marshmello and The Chainsmokers, but numero uno on the list earns roughly the same as the newcomers combined.
Click through to see how veterans such as Tiësto and David Guetta fared against the new DJ-producer royalty.
All figures in USD.
No. 10: Zedd Earnings this year: $19 million Russian-German DJ and producer Anton Zaslavski aka Zedd is the man behind the hit single Stay with Alessia Cara. The song achieved over 200 million YouTube views, according to Forbes, which also reports he takes in six figures fees per nightly DJ gig. (Flickr) No. 9: Martin Garrix Earnings this year: $19.5 million Dutch DJ Martijn Gerard Garritsen aka Martin Garrix is only 21 but made it to number one on DJ Mag’s 2016 Top 100 DJs list. This is his third consecutive year on the list. Forbes reports he makes most of his money on the road, playing 120 gigs over the last 12 months. (Canadian Press) No. 8: Marshmello Earnings this year: $21 million This DJ and producer’s identity is unknown as he performs behind a white marshmallow mask. His 2017 track Alone made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Forbes reports that while he takes home a healthy paycheques from live shows, he also earns more than other DJs through music and merchandise. (Canadian Press) No. 7: David Guetta Earnings this year: $25 million Paris-born DJ and producer David Guetta is known as the ‘Grandfather of EDM,’ and has enjoyed much mainsteam success with hit singles such as Titanium (featuring Sia) and Without You with Usher. He still banks millions from nightclub and music festival gigs, and a residency in Ibiza. (Canadian Press) No. 6: Diplo Earnings this year: $28.5 million American DJ Thomas Wesley Pentz aka Diplo collaborated with fellow electronic dance music producer Skrillex (also on this list) to produce the Justin Bieber hit Where Are U Now? He also worked with British rapper M.I.A. on the 2009 hit Paper Planes. Diplo is an active tour DJ as well, taking home six figures for his nightly gigs, Forbes reports. (Canadian Press) No. 5: Steve Aoki Earnings this year: $29.5 million Referred to by Forbes as electronic dance music’s busiest man, 39-year-old Steve Aoki played over 200 shows in 12 months. He is the son of Rocky Aoki, who founded Japanese restaurant chain Benihana, and also takes home endorsement cheques from T-Mobile, Japanese airline ANA and winemaker Luc Belaire. (Canadian Press) No. 4: Skrillex Earnings this year: $30 million Sonny John Moore aka Skrillex is 29 years old and already has eight Grammy Awards under his belt. He produced Justin Bieber’s 2015 hit Sorry, which achieved over 2.5 billion views on YouTube alone, according to Forbes. (Canadian Press) No. 3: The Chainsmokers Earnings this year: $38 million The American electronic duo behind hits such as Closer and Paris made the list for the first time this year, and Forbes reports they signed a three-year deal with Wynn Nightlife in Las Vegas. (Canadian Press) No. 2: Tiësto Earnings this year:$39 million Dutch DJ and producer Tijs Michiel Verwest aka Tiësto charges upwards of $250,000 per gig, according to Pollstar. Forbes reports that the 48-year-old industry veteran played 134 shows around the world in the last 12 months. (Canadian Press) No.1: Calvin Harris Earnings this year:$48.5 million Scottish DJ and producer Adam Richard Wiles aka Calvin Harris is on top again. Known for collaborating on hit songs with the likes of Rihanna, Ellie Goulding and Frank Ocean, the 33-year-old songwriter is also a resident DJ at Las Vegas nightclubs Hakkasan, Omnia and Wet Republic. He reportedly takes home $400,000 per show at Hakkasan. (Canadian Press)