Traditionalists may scoff at the popularity of electronic music but DJs themselves are seeing dollar signs in a big way, especially those at the top of their game. Most of their money is made touring festivals or playing other lucrative gigs, but insiders say social media has given the genre a huge boost as well.
Forbes found the top ten highest-paid DJs in the world and Business Insider rounded up some of their most popular videos to give you a sampling just in case any old fogeys out there are ready to give EDM another spin.
10. Avicii — $7 million
This 22-year-old Swede spins all over the world with his two essential tools: “a thumb drive and a good set of head phones.”
He also picked up a Grammy nomination this year for Best Dance Single and was a featured performer at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago…
9. Afrojack — $9 million
The former boyfriend of Paris Hilton, this Dutch DJ also moonlights as a music producer.
He was featured on Pitbull’s number one hit single “Give Me Everything” and contributed to Beyoncé’s single “Run the World (Girls).”
Afrojack also runs Wall Recordings, which has Dutchhouse DJs such as himself signed onto the label.
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