Hot off another international summer tour, 30-year-old Adam Richard Wiles, the DJ, producer, and singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name Calvin Harris, is the world’s highest-paid DJ, according to Forbes. He raked in $46 million, mostly from live performances, where he’s known for being a little unpredictable.
Harris’ synth hooks have also anchored some of today’s biggest dance tracks, including the Grammy-winning “We Found Love” with Rihanna, “I Need Your Love” with Ellie Goulding, and most recently, “Summer.”
Harris helps continue the infusion of electronic dance music into American pop radio, as the once fringe genre now makes regular appearances on the Billboard charts. It’s still a relatively new concept for pop music: Harris’ driving riffs do the heavy-lifting (whether he’s singing or someone else is) as opposed to the simple beats and instrumental loops that put the singer in the spotlight. A decade ago, you never would have heard anything like a Harris track on the radio. Now, they’re tough to avoid.
FIT FACT: On weekdays, Harris makes a home-cooked breakfast—typically an omelet—and hits the gym before heading to the studio, he told On Air with Ryan Seacrest earlier this year.
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