Is it hard to believe that some deejays make as much as six-figure nightly fees and that amount is trending upwards! Imagine that is for an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist named Marshmello who placed eighth on Forbes annual list of the highest paid deejays. Between him and newcomers, The Chainsmokers, there were a reported 2.2 billion-plus streams over the previous year of their music. For the fifth year in a row, DJ & producer Calvin Harris has reached the top of the highest paid DJs list. His yearly earnings amount to $48.5 million. Tiesto and The Chainsmokers were close runner-ups. Using sales data from Nielsen Soundscan and touring trackers such as Bandintown and Pollstar, the majority of the Top 10 were white males based in the US or Europe. Great news for white dudes, not so much for people who champion the gender and race pay gaps. Forbes.com has the full list of top earners in the DJ business.
Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.