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Electronic Cash Kings 2013: The World's Highest-Paid DJs


THANKS to bucket-loads of cash from Vegas, a burgeoning festival circuit and, to a lesser extent, dance-music mecca Ibiza, DJs are really the new rock stars. With electronic dance music growing exponentially, big brands looking to be associated with youth culture, and corporations willing to throw cash around to create brash, over-the-top events, Forbes magazine's list of the World's Highest-Paid DJs continues to shock and amaze those outside the industry.

The most surprising part may be that longtime top earner Tiesto has been replaced by Scotland's Calvin Harris, who took home a whopping $46 million dollars, thanks mostly huge nightly advances that can top $200,000 for a single performance, along with the fact he has penned hits for both Rihanna and LMFAO. The Dutch superstar still earned roughly $32 million for second place, with Frenchman David Guetta, supergroup Swedish House Mafia and Canada's Deadmau5 rounding out the top of the list.

Shockingly, the top 12 names on the list pulled in a staggering $268 million, a figure that even a few years ago would have been unobtainable.

With the recent deaths at the Electric Zoo festival in New York and the subsequent cancellation of the last day of the event, there will be increased scrutiny of large-scale events. How will this impact DJs bottom lines? It's too early to tell, but with so much money being thrown around, it's hard to imagine the bubble bursting just yet.

Winnipeg Posters


BEFORE the web changed the way local shows were promoted, posters at music stores and on street corners were the main way bands, bars and promoters got the word out. Message boards, MySpace and later Facebook took away some of the power of the poster, but it hasn't disappeared. Savvy promoters looking to cut through the digital noise that social media creates still spend time creating unique, engaging posters for their events and even take the trouble to get the posters out into the community.

Postered in Winnipeg is a new Tumblr that collects snapshots of posters throughout the city.

Stream of the Week: Boats!


IF you're looking for your fix of local music this weekend, the Union Sound Hall on Sept. 7 is a good place to start. Bringing together Boats!, Vikings, Alfa and DJs Lonnie C. and Co-op, Winnipeg's newest live music venue has your bases covered, from eclectic indie-pop to dubby hip hop.

Download of the Week: James Murphy -- 12 Years of DFA


PEOPLE thought James Murphy was crazy when he decided to put the brakes on his proto-dance-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem at the height of its success. After a lavish, three-hour-plus farewell party at Madison Square Garden and ensuing DVD, Murphy kept himself busy in the studio (most notably recording the new Arcade Fire), performing as a DJ and helping run the label he founded, DFA Records. He recently spent far too much time and money building a custom sound system for him and his buddies from the band Soulwax to DJ on.

In other words, retirement has been pretty good to the New Yorker, who will make his first appearance in the city on Sept. 5 at Union Sound Hall. Tickets are $25 at Hana Lu Lu and Hunnicutt open the show.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2013 c15

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