Electronic DJs earning less, female artists on the rise

Electronic DJs earning less, female artists on the rise

The International Music Summit kicked off this week in Ibiza and a new report released reveals electronic DJs are earning less, but female artists are currently crushing the festival circuit.

While artists like Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers are casually pulling in over $45 million a year, it’s still trending downwards and not looking too good for electronic DJs.

The top 10 electronic DJs collectively brought in $261 million – down 12% from the year before and the lowest since 2013.

A number of female techno DJs are also dominating the festival circuit.

Nina Kraviz played almost twice as many festivals as indie band The Killers, while Amelie Lens took the #2 spot beating out Armin Van Buuren.

Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid DJs

1. Calvin Harris – $48 Million
2. The Chainsmokers – $45.5 Million
3. Tiësto – $33 Million
4. Steve Aoki – $28 Million
5. Marshmello – $23 Million
6. Zedd – $22 Million
7. Diplo – $20 Million
8. David Guetta – $15 Million
9. Kaskade – $13.5 Million
10. Martin Garrix – $13 Million
11. Axwell Λ Ingrosso – $12 Million
12. Kygo – $11.5 Million
13. DJ Snake – $11 Million
14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – $10.5 Million
15. Afrojack – $10 million

Brian McKey

Brian has been a professional music producer and audio engineer for more than two decades. He has worked with a number of artists and bands across all different genres. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.