Armin van Buuren breaks down the costs of lucrative DJ salaries
Trance god Armin van Buuren has put in two decades of hard work to make his dance music dreams come true, and the 38-year-old megastar is definitely reaping the economic fruits of that labor. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Armin divulges that while he gets paid upwards of $100,000 for some gigs, the hefty compensation can appear more glamorous than it is after considering production costs.
“I bring a crew of five people for every gig. So, you have to have visuals for every show, buy your own fireworks because sometimes the promoter can only afford so much, I bring live talent with me to do tracks live,” explains Armin. “So the amounts that you hear in the press are gross, gross, gross amounts.”
Armin also justifies the rising cost of event tickets stating: “Not only have the events become bigger but the DJs have to step up their game…unfortunately that costs money.”
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