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How Much Do DJs Make? Booking Fees Revealed

Some booking fees for DJs have been revealed and they are securing the bag.
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Calvin Harris is one of the highest paid DJs, according to a list by Forbes.

How Much Do DJs Make?

Ever wonder how much it would cost to book your favorite DJ? Well, here are some estimates according to Degy Entertainment, a booking agency that handles acts from all genres. It breaks down everyone's festival rate from De La Soul to Madonna, and there are plenty of EDM acts sprinkled in all tiers.

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By no means are these firm figures, as a lot comes into play when booking these acts. There are also some discrepancies between rates on agencies - so consider these "ballpark." The numbers will vary from year to year and are in some cases skewed by Las Vegas club fees, which are always much higher than normal. Here are some samples of the upper tier.

$100K And Up

Avicii: $150-$200k+
Axwell: $100K+
Bassnectar: $100- $150k+
Calvin Harris: $150K+
deadmau5: $200 - $250K+
David Guetta: $150 - $250K+
Redfoo: $100 - $150k+
Kaskade: $100K+
Pretty Lights: $150K+
Sebastian Ingrosso: $100K+
Tiësto: $200 - $400K+

$50K - $100K

Afrojack: $75-$100K+
Alesso: $85- $125K+
Krewella: $50 - $75K+
Steve Aoki: $50- $75K+

It looks like the most of the DJs are in the $1k to 30K range, so not exactly the "bags of money" that the recent SNL skit depicted - unless you're Harris, Guetta, or the mau5. And at least, according to this data, Paris Hilton is not available for touring. We think she might be taking some time off to hit the studio like most good DJs/producers do. All jokes aside, for the most part these fees seem to make sense. They also somewhat explain the rising cost of tickets: if you have a few major headlining DJs, that overhead can add up really quick.

P.S. Here's a short story: "DJ" Pauly D is asking $40K-$60K; Nickleback $350 - $500K. A word to whoever books Coachella, don't go getting any ideas... please!

Via: Priceonomics

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