The world’s super DJ’s are household names, they come from all walks of life and cover all musical genres and styles. From digital to turntables and from white labelled mixes to massive pop hits they keep the dancefloors moving in clubs, at VIP parties and at festivals. One DJ was famously asked “So you set the scene?” to which he replied “I am the scene!”.

In line with Forbes report on the highest-paid DJs,  we’ve put together our top seven DJs using innovation, impact and influence as a barometer.

1. Hardwell

Hardwell

Hardwell

Holland’s Robbert van de Corput – AKA Hardwell – is having the time of his life. With remixes like Coldplay’s ‘Sky Full of Stars’ showing his technical skills and winning DJ Mag’s DJ of the Year for two consecutive years,  he is the man of the hour.  He holds two key residences: Ushuaia in Ibiza and his night at Hakkasan, Las Vegas.


2. David Guetta

 

David-Guetta

David Guetta

French superstar DJ, producer and artist who while travelling around the world with artists like Rihanna and maintaining his weekly F**k Me I’m Famous residency in Ibiza has found time to pen songs for Britney Spears and Lady Gaga on their latest albums.

 


3. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Having headlined the Tomorrowland Festival for the last five years, these pioneers of big boom electro and their Smash The House label look set for big things with their arena gigs including their sell-out Bring The Madness Home shows where they played to 36,000 people.


4. Tiesto

Tiesto

Tiesto

45 year’s old and going strong as one of the leaders of global nightlife. According to Forbes, Tiesto earned $60 Million in the last 24 months which has seen him play all over the world and maintain his lucrative residency at Hakkasan in Las Vegas.


5. Calvin Harris

 

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Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is the former grocery store stocker earned $66 million in 2014, making him the world’s highest earning DJ. From collaborations with pop stars like Rihanna, headlining festivals like Coachella alongside his multi-year deal at America’s biggest nightclub, Hakkasan he looks set for another big year.


6. Nicky Romero

Nicki-Romero

Nicki Romero

Combining progressive house and electro and infusing the sound with his energy allows Nicky to “rock a big room”. Working in production with the likes of David Guetta has helped him develop a style that sees his studio skills and DJ sets in demand.


7. Carl Cox

 

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Carl Cox

The DJ’s DJ and the ultimate crowd pleaser. Continuing his residency at Space Ibiza with his ‘Music is Revolution’ Carl was one of the major major forces behind EDM before it was called EDM. With DJ’s like Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha and Pete Tong at events like Cream, Universe, Ultimate Base, Space Ibiza and Club UK he helped create the DJ and club culture we know today. Carl was voted Top Global Techno DJ again this year by AXS.

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