Their earnings are from their live shows, endorsement deals, recorded music sales, merchandise sales and external business ventures – this is the list of the Electronic Cash Kings.
Starting off at Number 10
10. DeadMau5 ($16million) – real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, is a Canadian progressive house music producer from Toronto, Ontario. His fame comes from not just his music but his unusual attire, wearing a ‘mau5head’ (mouse head) on stage, which became an icon for his brand. Throughout his career, he’s won eleven awards and been nominated 24 times.
9. Skrillex ($17million) – Real name Sonny Moore, is an electronic dance music produce, DJ, singer and songwriter. Famous for his award winning album ‘bangarang’ which not only won Best dance/electronic album, but also won best dance recording at the Grammy’s in 2013. Winning eight awards in total and being nominated for 4 awards throughout his career.
8. Kaskade ($17million) – Along with Wolfgang Gartner and Deadmau5, Kaskade became popular during the resurrection of America’s progressive house in the 2008 – 2009. Kaskade was also voted Americas best DJ in 2011 and 2013, and received a golden pioneer award.
7. Zedd ($21Million) – Stage name Zedd, but real name Anton Zaslavski is a Russian-German music producer and DJ. Anton produces in the electro house genre, however has been known to branch out and draw influence from classical music, dubstep and progressive house music. By the age of 25, winning a grammy award for best dance recording, for his hit ‘Clarity’. He also snapped up another award at the MTV Video Music Awards in the category for MTV Clubland award, for his track ‘Stay the Night’. He has also been nominated for another 8 awards.
6. Afrojack ($22million) – At the age of 27, he regularly features in the top 10 of DJ magazine Top 100 DJ’s. Real name Nick van de Wall is a Dutch music producer and DJ, and has co-produced music with many different artists such as David Guetta, Madonna and Mike Brown.
5. Steve Aoki ($23Million) – Miami born Steve Hiroyuki Aoki, is known for his energetic live shows and also is one of the highest grossing dance artists in North America. At the age of 37, he is the founder of the Steve Aoki charitable fund, which actually raises money for global humanitarian relief organisations. He has also been known to ‘cake’ people at live shows, which entails throwing cake at the audience.
4. Avicii ($28Million) – Real name Tim Bergling is a country and electro house producer, at the age of 25 has been nominated twice for a Grammy award. Some of his famous songs include “Hey Brother”, “You Make me”, “Wake Me Up” and many more. He has also been ranked 3rd on DJ Magazines top 100 DJ’s in 2012 and 2013. Tim has also been known to have donated $1million to the feeding America foundation, and also help fund The feed foundation which distributes two million school meals throughout Africa.
3. Tiesto ($28Million) – Formerly known as DJ Tiesto – the Dutch DJ and producer has made a real name for himself In 2000, collaborating with many different artists which exposed him to larger audiences. He was voted NO.1 DJ by DJ Magazines in its annual top 100 DJ’s, and he held that place from 2002-2004. He also won a Grammy award for Best Remixed Recording, remixing John Legends “All of me”. Tiesto has also been known to help with many charity events, also his album ‘dance’ aimed in donating any proceedings from the album to help fight against AIDS.
2. David Guetta ($30Million) – Having sold over nine million albums and 30 million singles worldwide, David Guetta was named in 2011 NO.1 in the DJ Magazine. The Paris born superstar has an incredible fortune amassing to 30 Million dollars, and a range of number one hits. He also had a track Billboard crowned the number one dance pop song of all time – “When Love Takes Over”.
1. Calvin Harris ($66Million) – At the age of 31, with a fortune amassing to 66 million dollars! The Scottish born singer, songwriter, record producer and DJ has won 19 awards and has also been nominated for a whopping 50 awards! Harris also holds the record for the most top 10 hits from one studio on one UK Singles Chart, which surpasses Michael Jackson.