The numbers don't lie. So far, Forbes' top 10 EDM artists have racked up a combined $268 million this year, an 11% increase from 2013, with top earner Harris bringing in $66 million.
It's a $6.2 billion industry.
But how did
Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M.)
get so popular?
A few years later, in the early 90's, in the Netherlands, Tijs Michiel Verwest began his
journey to becoming Tiësto. He also started when the genre was completely underground.
A trip to Spain, some parties and general love for music got him interested in becoming
a DJ. "Back then, first of all, we all played vinyl records, so even when you knew the
track, you could not get it. Everything was very exclusive," says Tiësto in his dressing
room, 300 meters away from the main stage of TomorrowWorld.
"That's the big difference with nowadays, because when you jam to a track you
already know what it is, and then right away you have the song in your phone
or your laptop...that was a very magical period because you played a track and
people said 'I know this track,' but they still couldn't find it. That was very special,"
says Tijs, as his staff calls him.