“We can’t wait to return to Ushuaïa this summer. Ibiza is one of our favourite places and nothing can beat the atmosphere of Ushuaïa. Last summer the fans were phenomenal, their passion and love for music is infectious. The production for the shows we got to create together with our Tomorrowland family and the Ushuaia team went beyond our wildest imagination. We’re excited to be announcing a new season so come join us for what will be the best Ibiza season ever!”
When Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Steve Aoki first combined forces for the most epic supergroup ‘3 Are Legend’ in dance music, fans knew that expectations for main stage live spectacles and in-studio tracks that slay would be more than surpassed. From smashing ULTRA Miami to Tomorrowland, Creamfields to Ushuaia Ibiza, their presence explodes and entrances in equal measure and now, as a Christmas thank you, the unstoppable trio are giving you, their wildest and dearest fans, a free download of their monster collaboration ‘We Are Legend’.
With a string of hit singles under their name, such as “Higher Place” and “Hey Baby,” Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have hit No. 1 spots in Billboard Magazine’s Dance Charts. They’ve also collaborated with the music industry’s hottest artists such as Ne-Yo, Diplo, Martin Garrix Steve Aoki and many more. Now, the duo got together with another big producer, David Guetta for a hot new track.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have signed a long-term deal with Epic Amsterdam, the international label of Sony Music Entertainment Netherlands, and will be releasing their newest single, “Complicated” featuring Kiiara along with David Guetta, on July 28. The Belgian brothers have crafted an irrefutable stylistic party anthem that is sure to be another chart climbing hit for all parts of this collaborative effort.
“We’re really excited to have signed with Sony Music. The label is one of the most iconic identities in the history of the music industry and has been a driving force behind so many musical figures across rock, pop, hip hop and more recently electronic music. It’s a proud moment for us to be joining the lineage of Sony Music artists,” said Dimitri Vegas.
Guetta and Kiiara both bring their indubitable style and feel to “Complicated,” and with Dimitri and Mike’s impact, the track segues between a festival-ready crowd-chanting anthem and a unavoidable drive time radio hit.
“Our focus has always been about reactivity as we strive to create exciting dance records that we and our fans love,” said Like Mike. “On one hand, we fill stadiums and reach fans in-person with live spectacles that we grow with new elements each time, but on the other hand we’re also creating a long-lasting irrefutable dance anthems that fill the radio charts across the globe.”
The EDM bubble has been rumored to be on the verge of popping, but DJs that mix EDM continue to climb the ranks of celebrity and financial standing. Forbes recently made a list of some of the highest paid DJs in 2016. The highest paid among them are Avicii ($14.5 million), Afrojack ($15 million), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($15.5 million), Martin Garrix ($16 million), Kaskade ($19 million), Skrillex ($20 million), Diplo ($23 million), Steve Aoki ($23.5 million), Zedd ($24.5 million), and Calvin Harris ($63 million).
The top acts command hundreds of thousands of dollars due in part to the bar set by payment from Las Vegas residencies. A quick glance at a list of DJ residencies in Las Vegas for 2017 will reveal many of Forbes’s highest ranking DJs. Listen to Steve Aoki explain the role of Las Vegas in dj payouts below.
These days a DJ who makes an appearance at a large venue or on the main stage of a festival doesn’t come alone. In addition to the sound crew, there may be visual artists and other professionals who will work together to create a sensational, audio-visual experience around the DJ. The expense of travel and movement of all that equipment has to also be taken into account. A couch is not considered adequate accommodations so add in the expense of lodging. Let’s not forget stylists, artist managers, and other essential staff. When considering what goes into not only booking but bringing a DJ to an event, it is easy to see how costs add up.
The entry-level DJ will quickly realize after starting out that before a steady income comes dues that must be paid. If a DJ is not established, he or she may be asked to play for free, in exchange for exposure and maybe a drink ticket or two. After some time spent working crowds and building a presence, what then would a DJ expect to be paid?
There are several factors that go into how much DJs are paid: the type of party, the type of venue, the size of the venue, the duration of the time slot, and how far the DJ has to travel. A DJ who has asked to remain anonymous has said that he charges $150 an hour, but knows local DJs who are charging up to $250. He went on to say that a DJ of Tiesto’s caliber could command up to $300,000 for two hours. With this revelation, it’s hard to imagine the EDM bubble bursting anytime soon.