Deadmau5 rubbishes Forbes DJ Rich List

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Back in August, U.S. business magazine Forbes turned its number-crunching nous towards the world of ‘EDM’ to come up with ‘The World’s Highest-Paid DJs’ list. Apparently calling on sources like Pollstar, RIAA, promoters, managers, lawyers and some of the artists themselves, the article’s author Zack O’Malley came out with a top ten headed by Dutch kingpin Tiesto with an estimated $22 million haul over 12 months. As the magazine put it: “Often toting nothing more than a USB stick and a pair of Pioneer CDJs, their production costs are often negligible, unlike rockers and pop stars who typically take home just one-third of gross ticket sales.”

Joel Zimmerman, who came in at #6 with the figure of $11.5 million beside his other name Deadmau5, this week presented a counter-argument in an interview with Reuters. As he puts it, the article’s research is speculative at best. “If I was making $11 million, do you think I’d be fucking sitting right here, right now? No fucking way,” Zimmerman said. “You’re putting the whole industry on one article written by one dude, who does not have access to any of our accounts.”

It’s a point the producer also made in an entertaining chat with this month. Production costs on a Deadmau5 tour, he argues, are far from ‘negligible’. “It’s bullshit,” he told Spin. “I had to call my manager and say, ‘Yo! Where’s the other 10?’ Sure, we’ve seen $20 million in the past two years, but that’s gone back into the studio, into tours – they cost up to $10 million alone. It’s money in, money out for all of us, but the list makes us look like a bunch of overpaid dicks.

“The cool thing about it, though, is that it says, ‘Invest in this shit because it’s hot,’ to the idiots with more money than all of us put together. It’s a self-propelling stupidity that’s now influxing big industry money into the previously small EDM market.”


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fuzzy2323 said on the 19th Oct, 2012

Isnt tht why the swedes called it a day they may have received 14m but also cost them 14m to put on their massive productions


WilhelmScream said on the 19th Oct, 2012

14 million seems a lot for a few fireworks and some lazers

special ed

special ed said on the 19th Oct, 2012

but you are an overpaid dick

Acperience 1

Acperience 1 said on the 19th Oct, 2012

It's not just the list that makes you look like an overpaid dick


bead2023 said on the 19th Oct, 2012

DEADMAU5 is a loser hey


tazz_timed_out said on the 19th Oct, 2012

@WillhelmScream, obviously you have no idea about what goes into organizing a tour... from venue hire, to insurance, licencing, rigging, transport, catering... the list goes on and on... the logistics of putting on a tour of few so called "fireworks and lasers" is staggering...


CircusMidget said on the 20th Oct, 2012

This reminds me of that time you wrote a story about an article that you read on another site.

ben otago

ben otago said on the 20th Oct, 2012

it really is a list of cheese


base615 said on the 20th Oct, 2012

I miss the days when this bell end used to get on here riled up trying to argue with us

Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh said on the 21st Oct, 2012

This whole site's on Deadmau5's payroll, it looks like his own personal website.

Charly T

Charly T said on the 23rd Oct, 2012

ARMIN V.B has been sitting on top of charts for year; Does he make donuts?

Cathy Guetta

Cathy Guetta said on the 26th Oct, 2012

DJ'ing is all about the money. My husband can press play and fiddle my button and you all will pay top dollar to see it.