The world witnessed gargantuan haul by Marshmallow where his signature mask shaped DJ booth rotated 360- degree and headpiece immediately illuminated in the rainbow, mimicking the multi-colored laser beams and special effects scattered throughout the 29,000 square-foot nightclubs. This helped him in signing a megadeal worth $60 million with Kaos Dayclub and Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. But even this couldn’t help him to bag the first position in the Highest paid DJs of 2019 list of Forbes. Recently Forbes updated the list of highest-paid DJs 2019. The list was curated by calculating the pre-tax incomes of the artists. Their list contains some of the best performances from around the world that left crowd awestruck.
The list concluded by gaining facts and figures of pretax earnings of the EDM artists and producers from June 1, 2018, to June 1, 2019. The estimates are based on figures from Nielsen, Pollstar, Bandsintown, Songkick and interviews with industry as well as the DJs.
Surprisingly, this year Marshmello and The Chainsmokers dethroned Calvin harris from the first position that he was holding since 2012 on the annual Forbes Highest-Paid Entertainers list.
This year list came as a surprise to many as we saw drastic changes in the chart of highest-paid DJs, with the young and new artists making it to the top positions and dethroning many artists who were constantly on top this chart. Let’s have a look at the list.
Highest-Paid DJ per show List :
Highest paid DJs of 2019- The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
“The ‘Chainsmokers’ found me early on, before anyone knew about ‘Hide Away,’ and reached out. I heard the demo for ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and loved it. ” Daya
Their single “Closer”, featuring American singer-songwriter Halsey, became their first number-one single on the Billboard chart. The duo’s second EP, Collage, was released on November 2016. Their debut studio album, Memories…Do Not Open, was released on April 2017 and topped the US Billboard 200 chart. Their second album, Sick Boy, was released on December 2018.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Marshmello ($40 million)
Marshmello’s highest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 and in the United Kingdom, titled “Happier”, a collaboration with British band Bastille, was released in August. He was named by Forbes in eighth place on their annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid DJs in 2017 as he earned $21 million in the twelve months prior to June 2017
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
“Since I was 14, I wanted to make music, but I think I would also have made a good policeman. When I was eight, I wanted to be one so I could tell people off.” He appeared on Debrett’s 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom. He topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid DJs for six consecutive years from 2013 to 2018.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Steve Aoki ($30 million)
“When I work with artists, I give them a general guideline of what my vision is. Then they’re going to speak their minds on how they view it, too. The song that defines ‘Neon Future’ the best is the title track. I wrote that with Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun. It’s through his words. We had an amazing songwriting session together, connecting. “
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Diplo ($25 million)
“It’s cool to play the guitar, but to me it’s even cooler to scratch a guitar backward and forward, to manipulate it with a turntable. Guitars can’t do that themselves. ” Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other pop artists, such as Gwen Stefani, Die Antwoord, Britney Spears, Madonna, Shakira, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Trippie Redd, Chris Brown, CL, G-Dragon, Bad Bunny, MØ and Poppy. His alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Tiësto ($24 million)
“I like the challenge. I need to feel passionate about something. If I’m not passionate about it, I can’t stand it. It has to feel real. DJing, touring, charity work – anything. ” Tiësto released his fourth studio album Kaleidoscope in October 2009, followed by A Town Called Paradise in June 2014. 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 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Martin Garrix ($19 million)
“I think it’s difficult to say what exactly made me become a successful DJ. It depends on so many different things. If I were given an award, I would thank my family, friends, Tiesto and the great team behind me for all their support and hard work. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. ” In 2014 he headlined the 1st edition of Ultra South Africa making this his first major festival. In the same year, he became the youngest DJ to headline the 2014 Ultra Music Festival at the age of 17.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- David Guetta ($18 million)
“I can make everything I do come from my laptop. Even when I go to a big studio, all I do is to plug in my laptops. That’s the way I do it.” Guetta achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album One Love which included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over”, “Gettin’ Over You”, “Sexy Bitch” and “Memories”, the first three of which reached number one in the United Kingdom. The 2011 follow-up album, Nothing but the Beat, continued this success, containing the hit singles “Where Them Girls At”, “Little Bad Girl”, “Without You”, “Titanium” and “Turn Me On”. He has been called the “grandfather of EDM”.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Zedd ($17 million)
“A DJ can’t just play one song. It’s about playing a set, or how you connect songs in those two hours, and where you place them.” Anton Zaslavski is a Russian-German record producer, DJ, and songwriter. He primarily produces and performs electro house music, but has diversified his genre and musical style, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
“I love music, and I loved dance music immediately. So I bought some equipment and started making my own. When I started this, I didn’t say, ‘okay, I’m going to do this step and then this
step’ to become popular. I just created the music that I loved.” He has been ranked the number one DJ by DJ Mag a record of five times, four years in a row. He was ranked fourth on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list in 2015 and 2016, and third in 2017.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Kaskade ($14 million)
“When you go see a good DJ, you’ll know it, man – you’ll know it in your bones. Between the guy who’s phoning it in and the guy who’s obsessively working it to give you the best show of his life.” He is an American DJ, record producer, and remixer. DJ Times voted Kaskade “America’s Best DJ” in 2011 and 2013″. DJ Mag named Kaskade fifty-first on its 2009 list of Top 100 DJs.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Skrillex ($13 million)
“To me, it’s always a joy to create music no matter what it takes to actually get there. The real evils are always whatever stops you from doing that – like if your CPU is spiking and you have to sit there and bounce all your MIDI to audio. Now that’s annoying!” In 2017, Skrillex produced and mixed 8, the eighth studio album by rock band Incubus. In July 2017, Skrillex released another single featuring debuting solo artist Poo Bear.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Alesso ($12.5 million)
He was ranked 13th on DJ Magazine’s 2015 list of the top 100 DJs and number 20th in the year 2016 on DJ Magazine among the list of Top 100 DJs in the world. His debut full-length album Forever was released on 22 May 2015 by Def Jam Recordings.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Afrojack ($12 million)
“My debut album, ‘Forget the World,’ is all about not listening to the negativity around you and to continue to do what you love, no matter what people think. I love what I do. Dance music is my passion, my life. There is no greater feeling than being one with my fans, partying to the music we love.”
Highest paid DJs of 2019- DJ Snake ($11.5 million, tie)
“I grew up surrounded by all types of cultures – French, Indian, Arabic – a melting pot of cultures, sounds, foods, people, and religions. It opened my eyes early, and I’m grateful for that. It’s not about success in one area; it’s about exploring the world musically and spending time in those places whenever you can.” Dj Snake and Dillon Francis were announced as alternating supporting artists for the summer Mothership Tour 2014 with Skrillex. In March 2018, Billboard named DJ Snake as number nine on their 2018 ranking of dance musicians titled Billboard Dance 100.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- DJ Pauly D ($11.5 million, tie)
“Before ‘Jersey Shore,’ I was a DJ struggling to promote, deejaying six nights a week and hustling to pack clubs.” In August 2011, he announced a pending three-album deal with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records and G-Note Records. This deal was later confirmed by 50 Cent on December 1, 2011. Being the first of the Jersey Shore cast to get his own spin-off show, Pauly D Project.
Highest paid DJs of 2019- Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million, tie)
They are Belgian brothers- Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios. They were ranked No. 1 in 2015 and were ranked No. 2 in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list.
Steve Aoki is considered the most hardworking artist with over 200 shows within a calculative year, averaging six figures per night, along with streaming, endorsement deals with brands from Diesel to Samsung, and outside business ventures including his Dim Mak record label and clothing brand.
From the list, it’s evident that new talents are being recognized and are even becoming the highest-paid DJs and earning 6in six figures on an average per show. David Guetta has shifted below with $18 million and Calvin Harris lost his throne of being the highest-paid DJ that he was maintaining since 2012. Familiar names like Skrillex, Tiësto and David Guetta found their way onto the list of Highest paid DJs of 2019 as well. The top ten artists collectively brought in $272 million, an increase over last year’s figure of $260 million.
However, since the list of Highest paid DJs of 2019 was launched in 2012, none of the female DJ’s have made it to the list. This year Alison Wonderland was only a few million behind to make it to the list of Highest paid DJs of 2019. We hope to see female DJs to make it to the list of Highest paid DJs of 2019 as that would be an empowering experience.