Beneath electrifying Tesla coil disco balls, Marshmello ascended the glowing 360-degree rotating DJ booth shaped like his signature cylindrical mask. His headpiece immediately illuminated in rainbow, mimicking the multi-colored laser beams and special effects scattered throughout the 29,000-square-foot nightclub.
This scene last April kicked off Marshmello’s residency at the new Kaos Dayclub and Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, part of a megadeal worth $60 million.
Even with that massive haul, Marshmello isn’t the highest-paid electronic act in the world—that honor goes to the Chainsmokers, who garnered $46 million in pretax income over the past year. The duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall top our annual Electronic Cash Kings list with their biggest earnings year yet, dethroning Calvin Harris after six consecutive years at No. 1.
The top 15 acts clocked $358 million in pretax earnings over the past 12 months, $272 million of that coming from the top ten, up a tick from last year’s collective $260 million. Much of the increase is thanks to Marshmello’s earnings nearly doubling since last year‒an aberration among his peer group.
Electronic Cash Kings 2019: The Full List
15. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million, tie)
15. DJ Pauly D ($11.5 million, tie)
15. DJ Snake ($11.5 million, tie)
14. Afrojack ($12 million)
13. Alesso ($12.5 million)
12. Skrillex ($13 million)
11. Kaskade ($14 million)
10. Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
9. Zedd ($17 million)
8. David Guetta ($18 million)
7. Martin Garrix ($19 million)
6. Tiësto ($24 million)
5. Diplo ($25 million)
4. Steve Aoki ($30 million)
3. Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
2. Marshmello ($40 million)
1. The Chainsmokers ($46 million)