Top 15 Highest Paid DJ’s in the World 2018 | Forbes
Music is life, music is a solution for so many problems. whenever you feel depressed, simply pump your morale with some motivational tracks. There are some musicians who are doing an extraordinary job in the music industry. Forbes has released its list of highest paid DJ’s in the world and Calvin Harris tops the list of highest paid DJ’s in the world followed by The Chainsmokers and Tiësto.
Here, we discuss the highest paid DJ’s in the world, who created an outstanding music in all genres. They play in the clubs, concerts, and festivals to showcase their innate talent. Check out the top 10 Highest Paid DJ’s In the World in 2018.
List of Highest Paid DJs in the world
- Calvin Harris – ($48 Million)
Calvin Harris started his career by releasing his debut album I Created Disco. After that, he released multiple successful albums like Ready for The Weekend, 18 Months, Motion, and others. Harris launched his own record label, Fly Eye Records.
- The Chainsmokers ($45.5 million)
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and producers; they achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song selfie, which was a top twenty single in several countries. Their debuts EP, Bouquet was released in October 2015 and featured the single Roses which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard hot 100. Don’t let me down became their first top 5 single there and won the Grammy award for the best dance recording at the 59th awards ceremony. He is regarded as one of the best and highest paid DJ’s in the world.
- Tiesto ($33 million)
Tiësto is a Dutch DJ and music producer. Tiësto is regarded as the Godfather of EDM. He has been ranked as the best DJ by most of the magazines and rating agencies. In 1997, Tiësto formed his own record label named Black Hole Recordings. He won the Grammy award for best-remixed recording, non-classical for his remixed version of john legend’s hit “All of Me” at the 57best remixed Grammy Awards. Tiesto is one of the best and highest paid DJ’s in the world.
- Steve Aoki ($28 million)
Aoki is an American DJ, record producer, and a music executive. Aoki started playing as a DJ from his school days itself. In his early 20’s, he established his own record label, Dim Mak. Aoki has collaborated with producers and vocalists such as will.i.am, Afrojack, LMFAO, Laidback Luke, BTS, Louis Tomlinson, Rise Against, and Fall out boy and is known for his remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi.
According to Pollstar, Steve Aoki was the highest grossing dance artist in North America music tours. Apart from owning a record label, Aoki also contributes towards society through his organization Steve Aoki Charitable Fund. His album, Wonderland, has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013.
- Marshmello ($23 million)
Marshmello is an American electronic dance, music producer, and DJ. He first gained recognition by remixing jack U and Zedu. Marshmello posted his first original song “Wavez” on his SoundCloud page. As he released more songs, he began to receive support from established and well-known DJs like Skrillex who reposted his song “find me” on his SoundCloud page.
- Zedd ($22 million)
Zedd is a German DJ of Russian descent. Besides being a DJ, he is a record producer and multi-instrumentalist. Zedd is known for producing music in genres like EDM, house, dubstep, classical music, and electro house.
Zedd is known for his songs like “Clarity” and “Break Free”. Both of these songs have ranked in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. For “Clarity”, Zedd won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards.
- Diplo ($20 million)
Diplo, is an American DJ, rapper, songwriter, singer, record producer, and a record executive. He is a co-founder of the music project Major Lazer, formed an electronic duo Jack U with DJ Skrillex, founded record label Mad Decent, and runs a non-profit organization Heaps Decent.
After forming music project Major Lazer with M.I.A producer Switch, DJ Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other pop artists, such as Gwen Stefani, M.I.A., Die Antwoord, Britney Spears, Madonna, Shakira, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and others.
- David Guetta ($15 million)
David Guetta is a French DJ, Songwriter, record producer and remixer who has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag top 100 DJs poll. In 2013, Billboard crowned when “love takes over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.
- Kaskade ($13.5 million)
Kaskade, is an American DJ, record producer, and a remixer. Mostly, he plays genres like house, progressive house, electro house, and deep house. Kaskade has been ranked amongst the best and highest paid DJ’s in the world. It did not happen once, but multiple times. He is known for the revival of American progressive house, along with deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner. He released his first “What I Say” in 2001. But, he tasted success with “Everything” that reached No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play.
- Martin Garrix ($13 million)
Martin Garrix is a Dutch DJ, musician, and a record producer. His career started in 2012 when he signed a contract with Spinnin’ Records. With this music label, he released his track “Error 404”. But his major breakthrough came when he released his solo track “Animals” with Spinnin’ Records. This song achieved the top spot on Beatport and Garrix became the youngest DJ to achieve this feat. In 2016, Garrix launched his own music label, STMPD RCRDS. Through this music label, he launched his first track “Now That I’ve Found You”.
- Axwell & Ingrosso ($12 million)
Axwell & Ingrosso are Swedish DJ duo. They made their debut performance at the 2014 governors Ball Music Festival in New York City in June. The group officially formed in late 2008, ranking number ten on the DJ Magazine top 100 DJ poll 2011 and number twelve in 2012.
- Kygo ($11.5 million)
Kygo is a Norwegian DJ, record producer, musician, and songwriter. He garnered international attention with his remix of the track “ I see fire” by Ed Sheeran, which has received over 55 million plays on SoundCloud and 65 million views on YouTube and his single “Firestone” which has over 500 million views on YouTube with an additional 560 million plays on the music streaming service Spotify, as of August 2017.
- DJ Snake ($11 million)
DJ Snake is a French DJ and record producer from Paris. DJ Snake is a Grammy-nominated producer and artist who debuted into the international scene with singles “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for what” in 2013. In March 2018, Billboard named DJ Snake as number nine on their 2018 ranking of dance musicians titled billboard dance 100.
- Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($10.5 million)
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are the DJ duo from the land of Belgium. They are brothers and their original names are – Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thiviaos. They were born in Greece and at a young age, they ventured into record producing. Before forming a duo, Dimitri went on the Europe tour. He was a resident DJ in clubs like Privilege and Space in Ibiza, Amnesia and The End in Greece. It was in 2007 when Dimitri and Like Mike produced their first music track, La Cociana. After that, they remixed “Work That Body”. This was the turning point for both of them. Till now, they have worked on 26 music videos and 27 singles. Their most famous tracks include Mammoth, Tremor, Tomorrow, Melody, and so on.
- Afrojack ($10 million)
Afrojack is a Dutch DJ, record producer, and remixer from spijkenisse. He founded the record label wall recordings in 2007; his debut album “forget the world” was released in 2014. Afrojack regularly features as one of the ten best artists in the top 100 DJs published by DJ Mag. He is also the CEO of LDH Europe. He received international success with the song “Take Over Control” featuring Eva Simons, which charted in 10 different countries. Afrojack was listed as number 7 on the DJ Mag top 100 DJs of 2011. He ranked at number 9 on DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs of 2012.
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