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The Most Ballin EDM DJs of 2015!

Forbes' Top Earning EDM DJs of 2015

Forbes' Top Earning EDM DJs of 2015So some of you younger cats may not remember this but DJing wasn’t always a thing where you could be a world famous superstar.

But my oh my how times have changed. Forbes is at it again, this time releasing the list of this years highest earning DJs. In an article titled “Electronic Cash Kings 2015” the financial magazine lists out the 12 highest paid DJs of 2015.


Here’s the full list:

  1. Calvin Harris – $66 million
  2. David Guetta – $37 million
  3. Tiësto – $36 million
  4. TIE – Skrillex and Steve Aoki – $24 million
  5. Avicii – $19 million
  6. Kaskade – $18 million
  7. TIE – Martin Garrix and Zedd – $17 million
  8. Afrojack – $16 million
  9. TIE – Deadmau5 and Diplo – $15 million

Here’s a couple quotes from the Forbes article:

Calvin Harris:

“The rise of dance music has been astronomical … I happened to be in the right place at the right time,”

Steve Aoki:

“I want to have as much flexibility as possible on the economic side … When we think about how to maintain and sustain the culture, we ultimately make more money.”

Read the full article here

Here’s the methodology used by Forbes to come up with these numbers:

“Our earnings estimates include income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales and external business ventures. Sources include Nielsen, Songkick, Pollstar, RIAA, promoters, managers, lawyers and some of the artists themselves.”



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