Apparently, it’s a great summer for Calvin Harris, who tops the the Forbes list of highest-paid DJs for the second consecutive year. The Top 10 DJs on the list published today earned a total of $268 million in the last year, up more than 10 percent from 2013.
Fueled in part by his season-appropriate dance anthem “Summer,” the 30-year old Scottish producer earned $66 million from June 2013 to June 2014, followed by David Guetta ($30 million), Avicii ($28 million), Tiesto ($28 million) and Steve Aoki ($23 million).
The multi-million dollar payouts are fueled by red-hot demand for dance music that has not slowed over the past few years as DJs continuing to fill U.S. festivals, arenas and night clubs to capacity.
There’s plenty of local evidence, from Swedish House Mafia’s sold-out, five-night stop at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in 2013 to Outside Lands music festival, where DJs and producers have played a larger roll in recent years, drawing some of the biggest crowds.
Shoreline Amphitheatre plays host to Beyond Wonderland in September, a two day festival featuring some of the top producers in the business, including a few on the Forbes list.
The list from Forbes was compiled with figures from earnings from performances, merchandise sales, endorsements and record sales from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2014.
The Complete List:
- Calvin Harris, $66 million
- David Guetta, $30 million
- Avicii, $28 million
- Tiesto, $28 million
- Steve Aoki, $23 million
- Afrojack, $22 million
- Zedd $21 million
- Kaskade $17 million
- Skrillez, $16.5 million
- Deadmau5, $16 million
- Hardwell, $13 million
- Armin van Buuren, $12 million
- Steve Angello, $12 million