Being a DJ or Disc Jockey is such a drool-worthy job to do because one literally gets to make the whole world dance to the tune of his/her fingers. This involves not just developing a taste for live music and composing new tracks but also needs the knowledge of prevailing trends of the era and taste of the people listening to it. These DJs have been ruling hearts and charts equally ever since their career’s inception. This very creative job has given these musicians not just name and fame but a lot of money. Here’s a list of world’s highest paid DJs along with their net worth in 2018.
First of all is Adam Richard Wiles, who’s also known as Calvin Harris on stage. He was born on 17th January of 1984. He is a Scotland based DJ, singer & record producer. In June 2007, he released his debut album called ‘I created Disco’ which has 2 singles namely ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ and ‘The Girls’, which reached the top 10 singles of United Kingdom. Calvin Harris released his second album called ‘Ready for the Weekend’ in 2009. Marked as no. 1 the in United Kingdom Albums Chart, it was also certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. ‘I’m not alone’, his very first song, topped the United Kingdom Singles Chart.
Calvin Harris is also known for his enormous earnings this year. He has claimed the cash crown of EDM for the very first time in his entire career. He signed up to play over 70 shows at a mega-club of Las Vegas in February. Apart from that, he has been earning extra by songwriting and co-producing with great pop stars like Rihanna, Florence and The Machine, Gwen Stefani, Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Big Sean. His net worth is of $220 million, and therefore he has become the highest paid DJ among all, he is paid $48 million.
The Dutch DJ, Tijs Michiel Verwest best known as Tiesto, was born on 17th of January,1969, in Breda, Netherlands. He is a record producer. Proclaimed to be ‘the Greatest DJ of all times’ by the Mixmag magazine as a result of a poll conducted, the DJ Magazine announced him as the ‘best DJ in last 20 years’. Also the ‘Godfather of EDM’, Tiesto has been active since 1994 and now he is earning more money than he ever did. With a net worth of $150 million, he has become the second richest of the DJs around the world, he is paid $33 million.
Tim Bergling also was known as Avicii on stage, is a Sweden based DJ and record producer. He started off playing music from the age of 16, from within his bedroom using pirated software, he started posting his tracks. He rose in the year 2011 with ‘Levels’. By the time he was discovered by the spotlight, he was already a polished and talented DJ. His single, ‘Wake me up’ has already earned several million downloads all around the world. Few of his famous songs are; ‘I could be the one’, ‘hey brother’, ‘addicted to you’, etc. His net worth was $85 million, while he was alive and he was being paid $28 million.
The French DJ, Pierre David Guetta is a path-breaking record producer. He has released some of the greatest hits of this time. One of his most famous ones is ‘Titanium’, featuring Sia, one of the greatest pop stars, today. From the Parisian underground clubs, he found his way to the Top 40 radio. He has made quite big a name for himself by landing onto pop music and collaborating with the greatest of artists. Now, Guetta is 50 years old and he is showing some omens of slowing down but still, his net worth is $75 million. Guetta earns $18 million.
The American EDM artist and founder of Dim Mak Records was born as Steven Hiroyuki Aoki, at Miami, Florida. Aoki has several Billboard-charting albums to his name, for example, Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2013. Besides, Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, his NGO, raises money for global humanitarian relief organizations. He has made several notable appearances on video games, television series, and music videos. NBA 2K8/9, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the T.V. series Arrow to name a few. Even more, he supports PETA among all his goodwill deeds. Aoki’s net worth is $75 million. He earns $28 million.
Kaskade is an American DJ, remixer and record producer. His real name is Ryan Gary Raddon and he is born in the year 1971, in Chicago. He was voted as “America’s Best DJ” in 2011 and 2013 by DJ Times. Grammy’s prestigious awards saw him as a nominee, simultaneously from 2013 to 2017; though he did not end up winning any. Because of reigning charts ever since 1989, his net worth today is $50 million. Kaskade earns $13.5 million.
He was born on 15th January 1988 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Skrillex is best known for his magnificent and influential production in the EDM genre. His other genres of interest are the trap, electro house, post-hardcore, and dubstep. Skrillex has contributed a lot in the fields of EDM AND dubstep. He has won about 6 Grammy’s and he is also responsible for popularizing the ‘drop’ in dubstep. Skrillex produced remixes of Robyn, Lady Gaga and La Roux, by which the recent pop music stars were able to embed the dubstep IEDs in the tracks. Skrillex brought the dubstep music out of its unhealthy reputation and turned the music genre into an enjoyable one by introducing beats and bass to it. His net worth is $45 million and he makes $20 million.
Anton Zaslavski, a 29-year-old Russian-German record producer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter, famous by his stage name ZEDD. His EDM tracks are always ruling the charts. ZEDD draws his influences from Dubstep, classical music, and progressive house. He has also collaborated with the once teen icon Ariana Grande for the song ‘Break free’. Seeing the light of success in the year 2002, he went on to win a Grammy for ‘Best Dance Recording’ at the 56th Grammy Awards. He is still ruling the charts with a net worth of $35 million. He makes $22 million.
Diplo, short of Diplodocus, is the stage name of an American DJ, producer, and songwriter. His real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr. and he is based in Los Angeles, California. Founder of the record company named ‘Mad Decent’, he has also co-founded the non-profit organization named ‘Heaps Decent’. He co-created the music project called Major Lazer with four others and is a part of the electronic duo Jack Ü along with producer and DJ Skrillex. Diplo is a known name among pop stars like Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dog, Justin Beiber, Usher, Beyonce, Shakira, etc. His track ‘Revolution’ has been used for a Hyundai commercial and as WWE 2016 title track. Therefore, making his net worth $26 million. He makes $20 million.
Also known as GRX or YTRAM & born Martijn Gerard Garritsen, he is a 21-year-old Dutch DJ. His genres are the Progressive house, big room house, electro house, and future bass. He founded STMPD RCRDS at a very young age. Besides, he has played in the biggest music festivals like Tomorrowland, Coachella. He is the reigning top DJ of the world. Garrix won “Best Electronic Act” and “Best World Stage Performance” awards at the MTV European Music Awards in 2016. Adding another feather to his already bejeweled crown, his net worth is $22 million. He earns $16 million.