Smart LivingThe Most Influential DJs of the 21st Century
The top DJs are celebrities in the 21st century, famous in their own right. Not everyone makes it into the upper echelon of A-listers, but those that do lead a charmed life. They get to flit around the world, playing at select venues, and releasing mega-successful tracks to critical acclaim. The guys and gals have their pick of dates and they have huge fanbases in many countries.
It isn’t easy reaching this level of success and for every DJ megastar, a thousand mediocre DJs are earning a crust mixing tracks at weddings. If you have aspirations to find fame as a celebrity DJ, you need to start your career off on the right track. Look into DJ name ideas and learn the art of mixing music. This blog article from Pirate has some great suggestions as to how to choose a great DJ name. You can also rent one of their professional studios to practice your music mixing skills.
Another thing every aspiring DJ should do is learn from the best of the best. Read on to learn more about the most influential DJs of the 21st century.
Most famous DJs have one name – rather like Madonna, Beyonce, and Adele. One name is enough when your name is Avicii. He was a supremely talented electronic dance music DJ who loved to entertain fans. His most famous single was Levels, released in 2011, and by 2014, Avicii was making $250k for a gig. He toured the world, mixed tracks for the likes of Coldplay and Madonna, and even appeared in Ralph Lauren ads. Sadly, Swedish DJ Avicii passed away in 2018, much to the distress of his loved ones and fans.
Deadmau5, also known as Joel Zimmerman, hails from Canada. He is worth an estimated $53 million after a successful career as an electro/progressive house DJ. Deadmau5 is famous for his Mickey Mouse headgear, hence his stage name. Two of his most famous songs are Raise Your Weapon and Strobe. He won the coveted Juno Award for four years in a row and was nominated for a further two years. Despite being one of the highest-paid DJs in the world, Deadmau5 has managed to attract notoriety. In 2019, he was suspended from streaming platform, Twitch, after making homophobic slurs against a player in PUBG. He’s also been sued by Ferrari for modifying his own Ferrari 458. There was also a dispute with Disney over his Mau5head emblem headpiece, which was later amicably resolved.
Calvin Harris, whose real name is Adam Wiles, is a Scottish DJ, singer, and record producer. His most successful tracks include We Found Love, One Kiss, This Is What You Came For, and How Deep Is Your Love, and he’s worked with a host of stars, including Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal. In 2014, Calvin Harris had three songs in the Billboard top 10 electronic/dance songs and was the first artist to achieve this accolade. He has been nominated for 18 Brit Awards, winning two, and nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one. He’s also won an Ivor Novello Award. In his personal life, Calvin Harris has dated Taylor Swift and Rita Ora, as well as dating model Aarika Wolf periodically since 2014. Harris is a former alcoholic who quit the booze back in 2008. Harris is estimated to have a personal fortune of $48 million.
Skrillex, whose real name is Sonny Moore, is an American DJ and singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. He’s famous for his experimental dance music, but his career started when he joined From First to Last, a post-hardcore band, in 2004. By 2007, he’d left the band for a solo career, where he supported bands such as All Time Low. In 2011, Skrillex won five Grammy Awards and has since received a further three – making him the most successful electronic dance music star of all time. He still sings and has recently reunited with his original band, as well as mixing tracks for other bands.
David Guetta is a famous house DJ from France. Many of his tracks have become international hits and he has worked with numerous stars, including Akon, NE-YO, and Kelly Rowland. Famous David Guetta produced tracks include Titanium, When Love Takes Over, and Where Them Girls At. He’s achieved more than 50 million record sales globally and more than 10 billion David Guetta tracks have been streamed online. Conservative estimates say David Guetta is worth in the region $150 million. Guetta has won two Grammys, a Billboard Music Award, and an American Music Award during his successful career.
Armin Van Buuren
Van Buuren is a Dutch trance DJ who is regularly voted the number one DJ in the world. He has achieved this accolade by being incredibly creative and loyal to his fans. Van Buuren hosts a radio show called State of Trance, which is broadcast over FM radio in 84 countries, and regularly attracts more than 84 million listeners; fans can nominate tracks that have special meaning for them and one is chosen for a live feature each week. He won a Grammy Award in 2014 for the track, This Is What It Feels Like, and he has produced eight albums to date.
Hardwell is a Dutch electro/progressive house DJ. He was voted the world’s number one DJ in 2013 and 2014, by DJ Mag, and is famous for his music sets at prestigious events like Sunburn, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland. Hardwell entered the public consciousness with his first bootleg track, Show Me Love Vs. Be, which was released in 2009. He has since released 10 albums via his own record label. Cobra and Encoded are two of his best-known hits. The popular I Am Hardwell radio show and podcast ran for several years. Hardwell no longer tours, after announcing in 2019 that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Other top DJs worth checking out include Martin Garrix, Marshmello, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Don Diablo, Zedd, and Carl Cox.
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