Instead of looking at ticket sales and money, let’s take at the top sought out and talked-about DJs of the past year.
1. Martin Garrix
This Dutch DJ and record Producer from Amstelveen is currently the closest thing to a child prodigy in the electronic music world. Martijn Garristen, who goes by Martin Garrix, was 17 when his first release Animals took the international music worlds by storm in 2013.
Following Garrix is Marshmello, an American electronic music producer and DJ, who first came into the scene through his remixes of songs by Jack Ü and Zedd. The biggest hit since Garrix hit the scene a few years ago, Marshmello is set apart by his pop-EDM end of house tracks, and his distinctive headgear which has helped keep his identity mostly a secret.
3. David Guetta
French DJ, record producer, and songwriter, Pierre David Guetta has been in the music industry since 1984 but set off his solo career to greater heights. His 2009 track When Love Takes Over (ft. Kelly Rowland) was declared to be the best dance-pop collaboration of all time by Billboard in 2013.
4. Calvin Harris
Ever since his breakthrough into the music industry in 2007, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, has been a strong force in both dance music as well as pop, and has been acclaimed through two AMA wins, two Teen Choice Awards, four MTV Music, and one Grammy award, among others.
Tijs Micheil Verwest a.k.a Tiësto is a Dutch DJ and record producer who has been in the industry for over three decades and has been making music that transcends musical genres to create his own global “Tiësto” brand – a combination of his old trance with a pop charm. Forbes has listed Tiësto as one of the world’s highest-earning DJs in 2014, earning a whopping $22million.
Joel Thomas Zimmerman’s alter ego, deadmau5, is a Canadian electronic music producer, DJ, and musician. He is noted as much for his social media outburst as for his unique takes on house music – most notably his set at Tomorrowland 2016 with Eric Prydz which put him at the top of the game.
7. The Chainsmokers
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart constitute this American DJ and production duo, who found their breakthrough into the electronic and electropop industry with their 2014 song ‘#Single’ which was a top 20 song across the world. They have managed to gather a following through their music as well as through some huge collaborations.