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Highest Paid DJs

Highest Paid DJs

| On 13, Jun 2013

The Highest Paid DJs have in the last year significantly increased their incomes in Vegas. As the popularity of electronic dance music has grown so has the salaries of the top tier DJ/producers. Only a couple of years ago the only place that you could see this many world famous DJ/producers  was Ibiza. Fast forward to now and Las Vegas has almost replaced Ibiza as the EDM capital of the world. While there are a bunch of different ways to look at this, we are trying compare each DJs per show earnings. These are the best guesses for what each DJ is currently making per show.

Some of the Highest Paid DJs

Deadmau5 - is currently the highest paid with an estimated $425,000 per performance.

Tiesto – is the second on the list playing at Wet Republic and reportedly making right around $250,000 per performance.

Skrillex – will be playing at Daylight Beach Club and Light Vegas two brand new venues that opened at Mandalay Bay. He is making right around 225k to 250k per performance.

Steve Angello – one of the members of Swedish House mafia, can be seen playing at XS Las Vegas and Encore Beach Club on a regular basis.

David Guetta – reportedly made $13 million in 2012. You can find David Guetta at Encore Beach Club and XS Las Vegas on a regular basis in 2013.

Avicii – is one of the only DJ that demands large sums of money and has the freedom to play at multiple venues. You can see Avicii between Marquee Dayclub & Nightclub, Encore Beach Club and XS Las Vegas.

Steve Aoki – who in 2012 made approximately $12 million while playing at the Wynn Encore has moved over to play at  Wet Republic.

Kaskade - had a residency at Encore Beach for a summer a couple of years ago and then was a resident at Marquee Dayclub & Nightclub. He is now a resident at XS nightclub where he played Columbus Day, Halloween. The next time you can see Kaskade is at XS Nightclub on New Year’s Eve 2014.



** This is a Vegas Pool Season estimate based on a number of factors but NO comment from the venues has been released with exact numbers.

Comments

  1. EDM Fan

    Ridiculous, considering that there are DJs who play the same clubs, sometimes play for longer and put on better shows, and get paid jack shit compared to the big stars. Spread the wealth a little bit and help the smaller artists get to where these guys are.

    • Vegaslocal

      EXACTLY!!!!

    • I think that most of these Big EDM DJs are more producers then they are DJs and sure there are better live DJs playing and putting on better shows but they are playing the Big EDM DJs music most of the time.

      • Thomas

        Making music, is a lot harder than just DJing other peoples music.

        Dieselboy even said in an interview he pretty much stopped producing because it’s too difficult to make a good song.

        Producers deserve more respect than they seem to get, especially from the DJ community that depends on them for new music.

        • Sara Worth

          That makes no sense to me?? One makes music because one loves to make music, and make people smile, or feel, or dance… not to be on the top of the charts. At least the ones who create from their heart do.

        • IM a dj first and now produce… what is a good song? well thats about a difference of opinion what is a good song to one is a not so good for another its all about individuality music has no boundaries only how much money you have to market that record….

          • Herro

            Incorrect. Most of the songs that are hits follow specific rules of composition. You are lucky as hell if you break trough with something that differs from that.

        • E.A.

          You’re right, Thomas :)

          Producers, Sound Designers and Software Engineers are the true master minds, the geeks and freaks of the music industry. For many people it’s hard to get used to the fact that they can earn almost as much as a Pop star now and finally get the recognition they deserve.

        • matt

          it astonishes me how many comments i see about DJ’s being paid bare money for playing other people’s music…. the days when you could get famous that way finished 20 years ago; it simply can’t happen anymore… I know 400 grand is daft money but they’re not doing anything wrong, they’ve just found some muppet who’s willing to pay them it…. but at least half of what they play will be music they have made themselves so let’s not take the it away from them

    • Ruben

      That’s because those producers are making the music you’re playing. Not just playing.

    • Troy Dang

      Skrillex always does that if you ever check out his label

    • Coco Noel

      Well they are producers. They not simple Djs anymore.

    • Maybe instead of complaining about “Smaller” artists the “smaller” artists need to step up their games, and build a large fan base so that they too can generate the kind of revenue for the clubs that warrant receiving such payment even if they are talentless!

      • Wolf

        No. None of these DJ’s should be making $400,000 for 2 hours of performance. Unless you’re saving someone’s life, the work that they do doesn’t warrant receiving such payment. it’s a bubble, and it will pop.

  2. Ryan read

    They get pay that much to play over and over and over again the same shittty set every week jeez….. They just mix the same songs in different order

    • The DJs are no different than the pop stars or rappers now and of course they are going to play their own music. It would be way worse to go and see Tiesto or Steve Aoki and they just played random music. don’t you think?

    • Chauffeur

      They fly in and out of Las Vegas we pick them up from their private charted planes or domestic flights we treat them like people . I have driven almost all of them to The Hotel Light and Encore Xs and Wynn, Cosmo and again picked up from the hotels back to the planes. Usually in a SUV. This goes for the same as Celebrities not all but 99.9 % . Us drivers hate driving these people because they never give a tip. Or gratuity which usually is at least 20% we don’t get a penny . And now seeing how much they make. Really you can’t give my coleagues and I any thing for doing you a favor especially when your up . Just as soon as you get there. We get you there on time Really .

      • Chauffeur

        I hope you Dj’s see this.

        • dar

          Would you pay them again on leaving a gig? Don’t think so. why expect to get paid twice just because they have money.

      • Jared

        That is complete bullshit. Any large company is going to be sending their own private fleet to escort artists/celebrities to/from the airport. These individuals are paid much more than a normal driver and aren’t tipped.

        *Source: not being an illogical fuck

  3. Matt

    However, if the big name DJs weren’t playing, there wouldn’t necessarily be an audience for the supporting DJs and artists to play to… plus, if you’re in it for the money, you’ve chosen the wrong career path.

    • Alex Jarvis

      I like the way you put that Matt. It seems that most everyone overlooks the connection between brand recognition (DJ Name) and attendance. While some people think that is a debatable topic, for those with experience in business and particularly brand strategy that is just a black and white easy to understand scenario. It would be nice for the people who hold it down to get paid more, but if the supporting calculations warrant the salaries of the lesser known djs and by comparison this big of salaries for the names that bring in the numbers, then they should be paid that.

      • Good point Matt! I think that people see the amount of money they are making and only see the 2-3 hours that they are in the nightclub. They don’t see all of the time that they spent producing the music and all of the clubs they played for little money.

        There is definitely a difference of crowd at the pool parties when Calvin Harris or Avicii plays compared to a lesser known DJ.

  4. All of these “DJs” are nothing but clowns.

    • Alexza

      I agree, Yander. I have seen most of these dj’s (yawn!) and they ARE clowns. They are great for controlling the masses and keeping them distracted, no?

  5. Eric

    This is pretty crazy…Who knew someone who presses play gets paid so much. DJs in Las Vegas might be a little over paid.

  6. Laysi

    All that money and some of Tiesto’s set I wanted a pillow and go to sleep. I seen so many non big name DR’S that put on a better show any night.

  7. Tom Perry

    Most of them are button pushers, I actually don’t think most of these guys couldn’t do a whole set without there exploding rocket fx that go on forever. Dance music has changed in the last 10 year’s and not for the better.

  8. John

    The only DJ worth seeing in Vegas was DJAM. RIP

  9. Ra

    These numbers are way off their under contracts an paid yearly to spin per performance is prob around 30k per night they spin and they do not spin every weekend they rotate diff djs at the venues

  10. A lot of this is inaccurate. One of them being that Kaskade is still at Marquee during the summer. The other is the entire list that Forbes just put out… http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eeel45eekje/the-worlds-highest-paid-djs-5/

  11. john

    Reporters don’t have access to this sort of information at all, these are GUESSES at best and very likely WAY off.

  12. Umm

    There is no DJ worth that amount of money. You could hire all the bands that made the music to play live for about that. Why would you settle for someone with such a small part in the musical process. It just shows how stupid people are really. You might own a venue but that doesn’t mean you aren’t stupid as hell I suppose.

    • Ummmmm?

      Ummmmm, so… I don’t think you understand the process of electronic music production.

  13. Bri

    Actors, Athletes, Musicians, Artists all make a very lucrative career. Without the public ( us) their genre, style, creations would cease to be innovated by others trying to make a life of it. Even if it isn’t your cup of tea, mad respect for inspiring us to break boundaries.

  14. Tam

    To the chauffeur, why are you complaining that they never leave a tip? Your job I take it, is to pick them up and drop them off at both hotel and club, then do the reverse and then back to the airport…….why do you expect a tip? I never get tips when I’m helping old and young people who have physical and mental issues whilst at work! I already get paid once by my employer and don’t expect another ‘payment’ from the client….

  15. Well spreading the wealth I just what should be done but prop to the guys and ladies that started from the bottom like some of us and made it big. I have seen some sets of these highly paid DJs and they not worth the money but their marketing is good I must say ! (Lol)

  16. Kali Kan

    FAKE ARTICLE, AVICII IS CURRENTLY TOURING INDIA PLAYING FOR SMALL CHANGE IN CASH (LESS THAN 2000$, WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THAT IF THEY MADE 6 MILLION $)

    • I would say that he continues to tour so people buy his music, Vegas also pays DJs 100x more than any clubs around the world.

    • Dean

      Because he already made 6 million.

  17. nice i hope they keep doing a great job!

  18. Bill Hemphill

    Is that just the DJ’s fee? Or the the entire crew, ie, lights, graphics, effects, sound, etc. ??? some of these guys travel with what would have been a full rock tour crew a few years ago..

    Funny, I have seen quite a few of these peeps in the story for free at Burningman..

  19. Deej

    Nardwuar

    • JOJO

      SALUTE TO THE DJ,S THATS GETN IT LIKE THAT…I AINT HATE,N… I SENT A DEMO TOO A LOCAL STUDIO THERE IN LAS VAGAS(NOT METIONING NO NAMES)BUT I GOT A REPLY SAYN GOOD DEMO…I MIX SONGS LIKE CHUBB ROCK AND E.D.M AND HOUSE MUSIC TOGETHER…. ITS EASY TO MAKE AND SEND DEMO,S TOO COMPANYS…. DJ,S MAKE IT AND SEND IT..LEGGGOOOOO

  20. Mark

    There all shit, commercial rubbish! Wouldn’t pay any of them a cent!

  21. Four-one'six Raver

    everyone who used the acronym EDM to describe any part of the rave scene is lacking in brain matter, because it has moved from shady warehouses into posh clubs doesn’t mean you hipster wanna be e’tards can change or collaborate all the genres under an acronym.

    And what these paid dj’s/producers are doing is the same as any sport player today is doing. Get in … burn out … get out

    But don’t expect the true heads to pay over $30 to see ya spin… when your shit is over played 20 million times a day on analog radios.

  22. The maker

    If deadmau5 got paid 425,000 to play 1 show, do the math on how many $100(assuming that shows are $100 to get in) tickets would have to be sold at that 1 show for this to even make any sense. I haven’t been to Vegas but 4250 people to sell the tickets to break even seams like super huge parties every time they play. I don know how big these clubs are but you need a giant build to hold 4250 people. I’m calling bullshit on this whole article.

    • hakkasan

      capacity is over 5k

  23. These guys, tiesto, skrillex, aoki, guetta… are what’s called mainstream artists. Basically, the people come to listen to their music, not them doing a good set (with some of them not even being the real composers of the track). Most of the people that go to these concerts are not real EDM fans, they’re the people that usually listen to radio and go to the events so they can take selfless and post on their facebook wall (Look where I am).

    I am a DJ and producer, and can say that there are countless great DJs playing amazing sets… but they will never reach this amount, because they’re not mainstream. Commercialism is money (It’s ion the name…. commerce).

    You want quality, you sacrifice the cash.

  24. that aint house

    Please dont compare Ibizas Vibrant scene to Vegas’s watered down trendy ass “edm” scene. example…look at how Vegas did Mark Farina at the Marquee Club. Mark fuckin Farina asked to step down bc of multiple requests from “vip” bottle service patrons.think about that. talk about misleading the masses…

  25. that aint house

    Swedish progressive trance mafia…tell the truth! Arg!

  26. The DJ’s get paid this in Vegas because their name draws the people in. Think what you will about wether a DJ is an artist or not but the reality is that their name brings party people into the clubs in Vegas to spend money. It is very competitive.

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