DJs became the top music superstars of the 21st century and they call themselves the actual artists themselves. Some people have a skeptical opinion about the DJs and the overall fast-changing pop culture. However, the top DJs must be as creative as many other music brands or performing artists.
With the explosion of rave in the 80s and 90s, the DJs came to the fore. The massive festival-sized crowds came to listen to the great man on the decks. The continued success of superstar DJs can be explained by the popularity of dance music. However, being a good DJ is not as easy as many people think. It is not enough to play a few songs with updated melodies. The fact is that, the top earners will play several gigs in a night, so you can see the money racking up high. Forbes made a list of the top-earning DJ’s, and it must be pointed out that these are well-known figures. Let’s see who are the big money earners?
Calvin Harris – $46m
Calvin Harris also known as the Prince of the North has been regularly appearing on the top best-paid DJs list for the last decade and he has no intentions to lose this position. His fifth album called Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 was a colossal success that was followed by great contributors. Popular artists such as John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, and Travis Scott all appeared on the monster studio album.
The Chainsmokers – $45.5m
The main competitor of Calvin Harris is another worldwide famous DJs duet from New Your and they are known as the Chainsmokers. Unlike Calvin Harris, these guys have to split their money into two parts. However, when you earn $45.5m each, it shouldn’t be very difficult to share. The Chainsmokers are made up of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song Selfie, which became a top twenty single in several countries. They have won a Grammy award, two American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and nine iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Tiesto – $33m
Last year, Tiesto was knocked out by the Chainsmokers and left n the second place with $33m per year. Tijs Michiel Verwest is the second oldest DJ from the top ten list of Forbes. However, his popularity lasts for many years already and people all around the world have heard about him. Collaborations with Matisse and MOTi have kept Tiesto at the pinnacle of his career, and his EP, I Like it Loud has been warmly accepted by his fans.
Steve Aoki – $28m
Our fourth and final superstar DJ is Steve Aoki. He was also the founder of Dim Mak and is one of the most energetic DJ’s on the list. The release of his fifth album Steve Aoki Presents Kolony was a big success to him remaining in the top ten, and the swift follow up of 50KI in February ensured this position. All of the above artists are amongst the elite of the superstar DJs. However, there is no surprise that they are top earners as they are pioneers who break the boundaries of dance music.