Electronic dance music DJ Tiesto has been named the world’s highest paid DJ, in a year when EDM has became a staple sound in mainstream pop music.
Dutch DJ Tiesto, 43, real name Tijs Verwest, earned $22 million in the past year, fueled by headlining sets at this year’s Coachella music festival and an exclusive residency at the Wynn Las Vegas, according to Forbes.com, which compiled the ranking.
Tiesto, 43, has earned a global fan base with his brand of electro house music, and he teamed his 2009 album Ka
leidoscopewith a 15-month, 175 date tour, with many shows sold out.
Los Angeles DJ Skrillex, 24, came second in the ranking with earnings of $15 million. The DJ, real name Sonny Moore, made waves by winning three Grammy awards this year with his debut album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, a blend of dubstep, house and electronica.
While the music industry has been suffering from lower sales, EDM has been steadily growing in the past year, with DJs performing more than 100 shows at lower overhead costs than bands or artists on tour.
Forbes.com pulled their earnings estimates from a combination of live shows, music sales, endorsements and merchandise sales figures. The ten highest-paid DJs collectively earned $125 million, more than the entire Los Angeles Lakers basketball team.