Armin van Buuren Explains Why Earning $100,000 For A DJ Gig Is Not That Crazy
Trance overlord Armin van Buuren recently sat down with Bloomberg to discuss the economics behind dance music and how the recent explosion of EDM has changed business, from high ticket prices to even higher DJ booking fees.
During the interview, van Burren explains that as festival-goers demand bigger and better events each year, the cost of festival tickets will inevitably have to increase.
“The shows have to be more spectacular, the LED walls have to be better, the fireworks have to be more impressive, the sound system has to be better.”
When asked what is the most money he's ever made on a gig, Armin is upfront but then goes on to explain that it actually is not as exciting as you might think.
"The most money I ever made on one gig... uh, that's not that crazy actually... I think $100,000. The problem is, the amounts you see in several different press releases, they're all very very gross amounts. With the growth of EDM comes another problem. People expect more from a DJ."
Armin goes on to explain how he has to have crazy production and to do that, he has to pay a crew. He only takes private jets when it's necessary in order to be able to make it to the next gig in time, otherwise he flies commercial. And just like everyone else - he pays taxes. Granted, he does admit the money is better than okay, so he does treat himself occasionally.
"I'm going to go first class, I'm not going to lie. I have to spoil myself a little bit. But you know, honestly, I do this because I love it. Okay, I'm not going to lie, the money is great. But end of the day, you do it just because you love what you do, right?"
He also explains his disappointment in the verdict over the “Blurred Lines” case, saying that it has a negative impact on the industry and that he hopes the the case will be reversed.
Van Buuren believes the results in the case are a perversion of copyright law, which makes artists susceptible to being sued over their music rather than protecting their music from actual theft.
"If now copying a style is an infringement of copyright, then we have a major problem. Cause, I'm constantly copying other peoples' styles. The idea of the copyright law is that you cannot copy a melody... I don't think [Pharrell] copied the melody, he copied the style of Marvin Gaye... I really hope that they will revert the case and that Pharrell will win because if this case stands, it's really bad for business."