It turns out it pays (and big) to stand behind a computer and raise your hands. talent can come in other ways rather than playing and writing music, you have to have the right touch to tap a button at just the right time.
Forbes recently published their list of of the top earning button pushers, and it is quite shocking. Of course, for many of these the us ‘Snobs uttered a resounding, "Who?!" or, especially in the case of Steve Aoki-"WHAT!?" Forbes kept track of earning during their set calendar period and this is where the money went…and to whom.
Calvin Harris is in pole position. He played 125 gigs and took home $66 million. Of course, his writing for Rihanna helps a bit too, as does his residency in the Vegas humongo-club, Hakkasan.
David Guetta gets writing credits for Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, does a residency in Ibiza and takes home a measely $30 million. Keep your eyes and ears open for his upcoming album recorded with ZZ Top!
Aviici and Tiesto both tied for #3. they both bagged $28 million.
Shocking-but Steve Aoki gets $23 million…for what exactly?
Afrojack comes in at #5 with $22 million. he has a residency at the same Vegas club as Harris and Tiesto.
#6 goes to Zedd ($21 million). Exactly…we had never heard of this guy either. next up is Kaskade ($17 million). Surprisingly, Skrillex placed at only eighth on the list with a paltry $16.5million. he may have a good name to drop, but it doesn’t pull in the bucks like others.
Deadmaus placed ninth. Interestingly though, he played 1/10 the amount of gigs as the top earners (roughly 10-12) but pulled in a very easy $16 million. No doubt, the Madonna of EDM because he sure knows how to market himself.
Hardwell brings up the rear, with $13 million.