Being one of the most influential markets in pop culture, it is no wonder Forbes would include some of EDM’s top DJs in its annual ‘30 Under 30‘ list. Placed alongside One Direction and Rihanna, here are the DJs who made their mark on Forbes in 2013 ->
Also be sure to check out VIBE’s own personal youngbloods in our “25 under 25” list here.
“By the time the young Swede launched his first album, True, in September 2013, he was already a household name. His electronic crossover single “Wake Me Up” became a summer anthem, and he’s been earning six figures per DJ gig.”
Calvin Harris (29)
“The world’s highest-paid DJ gets six-figure nightly fees plus additional cash producing for pop stars like Rihanna. ‘The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,’ he tells FORBES. ‘I happened to be in the right place at the right time.'”
Ryan Lewis (25)
“Along with rapper Macklemore, 30, Lewis is part of a duo that made hip-hop history with 2012’s The Heist. The album spawned marriage-equality anthem ‘Same Love’ and smash single ‘Thrift Shop’ en route to sales in excess of 1 million units.”
“Born in Russia and raised in Germany, the DJ/producer is one of the hottest names in the burgeoning electronic music scene. That’s given him plenty of pop appeal, too: He’s crafted tracks for listmates Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.”