Making the list
For EDM pop duo The Chainsmokers, making Forbes’ Celebrity 100 is all in a night’s work. So are the six-figure checks the duo claims nightly for their DJ sets in their lucrative deal with Wynn Nightlife. The Chainsmokers claimed the number two spot for highest paid DJs in the world for 2018, pulling down $45.5 million this year alone.
The duo, comprised of New Jersian Alex Pall and Maine native Drew Taggert, formed The Chainsmokers in 2012. They met in New York when introduced by their manager, where Pall was working as an aspiring DJ and Taggert was working as a producer working with Ableton.
No smokescreens here
The Chainsmokers have exploded onto the scene, once a novelty act but now a household name. With collaborations with Chris Martin of Coldplay, Halsey, Bono, and three hit singles under their belt this year alone, there is no wonder why this is the highest paid DJ twosome in the world. They have booked gigs as large as MTV Music Awards (with Kanye in the audience, no less), small club gigs in Vegas, and promo gigs for hardly any money as “favors” to radio stations, for instance. However, the fact remains these two are not hurting for dollar signs in their bank accounts. Recently they made $80,000 for a show booked with software giant Adobe–and got paid even though Adobe canceled the gig. According to Pall, that one job worth $80,000 would have taken him two years to make in his old job working at an art gallery.
Making the moment last
So what makes them so endearing to fans? They write for their fans, not just following trends but writing personal music to connect with fans on a higher level. Drawing from emo punk bands like Blink-182 and Dashboard Confessional, Pall and Taggert have found a way to make their moment last. With their ever-increasing popularity, their “moment” should last for a least a few more years, if not longer. Here’s to more hits and dollar signs, gentlemen.