Wait: Deadmau5 Makes HOW MUCH?

If you’re at all acquainted with modern DJ culture, you’ll know that the superstars of the scene can make tremendous, stupendous, whackadoodle amounts of coin.

According to FYIMusic.ca, Canadian Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman to his mom) can pull down $10K or more for an early evening set.  Want him for New Year’s Eve? Then you’d better have at least $200K.  And this is before anyone factors in his endorsements and collaborations with buddies like Tommy Lee of Motley Crue.

A site called CelebrityNetWorth.com suggests that Deadmau5 is the fifth wealthiest DJ in the universe with an estimated net worth of $12 million. Paul Oakenfold leads the pack with $85 million, followed by Tiesto ($75 million), Armin Van Buuren ($60 million) and David Guetta ($35 million).

Parents:  if your kid seems to dig turntables, remixes and mash-ups, save the money on hockey gear.  You want to be taken care of in your old age, right?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “Wait: Deadmau5 Makes HOW MUCH?

  • October 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I'm sure his line with Puma doesn't hurt him either. Really smart branding though…everything from record bags and clothes to glowstick mouse ears and slipmats. I recently saw a homeless man wearing a Deadmau5 shirt about 3 blocks from Joel's apartment. I wonder if he gives them out. 🙂

  • October 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I'm interested in knowing how much Deadmau5 charges for a remix? I once heard that Armand Van Helden (in his hayday,) was getting between $20,000-$30,000 for a single remix, circa 1998-1999. A factor on his price tag might have been that Vinyl/CD sales were higher, but I wouldn't be surprised if Deadmau5 charges somewhere in that price range in today's market too.

  • October 13, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I guess his 360 deal with EMI hasn't hurt him much. Still don't see the point of it, from his perspective.


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