Contrary to popular belief, the DJ community is not topped to the brim with affluent, jet-setting millionaires. In fact, this type of lifestyle is limited to just a lucky few. Wealth distribution amongst the DJ fraternity is actually reflective of that within the wider world, and inequality is increasing. It’s almost as if we can apply the ‘99%’ slogan -adopted by the Occupy Movement- to the DJ community. But unlike this particular uprising, the DJ community has yet to take to the streets in protest.
As this problem increases through the exponential rise of the ‘superstar DJ’, less and less of those in the fast lane seem to be taking note (one could argue that they never really do) or acknowledging that their rise in equity further distances them from the real roots of electronic dance music. With new data showing that ‘the top 1% account for 77% of all artist recorded music income’ DJBroadcast takes a deeper look into the issue of wealth inequality in the DJ scene, and asks if it’s something we should be concerned about, and if so, what can be done to stem the tide.