The list of the world’s richest DJs, published yesterday by Forbes, makes for surprising reading. In it, we learn that Dutch-born DJ Tiësto earned £14m in the last year, noise terrorist Skrillex made £9.7m and dance music’s Monsieur Fromage, David Guetta £8.7m. Over the past year, the world’s ten highest-paid DJs have earned a combined $ 125m.
Compare these to some of the year’s most successful artists: the all-conquering Adele earned £23m between May 2011 and May 2012, Katy Perry made £29m in the same period and Justin Bieber pocketed £35.6m. The take-home pay for DJs isn’t quite as much, but then, how many Skrillex songs can your mum whistle?
It got us wondering: just how are they earning so much money? Where is it all coming from? And why is it happening now? Here’s what the experts say.
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