Million Dollar DJs

August 13, 2016 by Stu Chisholm

Someone caused quite a ruckus on the DJ forums when they posted about Texas DJ Louis Grell of LG Entertainment. Seems he broke the million-dollar mark for a gig. DJs pounced on the author in disbelief, while a handful of others defended him. Grell, meanwhile, was caught in the middle; one day he’s talking to a guy doing a podcast, and the next thing he knows, he’s got guys dragging his name through the muck.172-3233

But yes, he did cash that big paycheck. It’s just didn’t happen like guys on the forum thought. Unlike the vast majority of “weekend warriors” headed off to a wedding reception, LG Entertainment does huge mega-events, sometimes spanning a whole weekend, and besides a DJ, they often set up everything; the outdoor stage, concert-sized PA, massive lighting and on and on. Grell leads a team, and shares that big check! But his story got me thinking; surely there are indeed some superstar DJs who make wads of cash on their own, right? It turns out that there are, and as long as I’ve been writing in these pages and keeping tabs on the industry, I hadn’t heard of most of them. I’ll bet you haven’t either.


We Mobile Beat subscribers and MBLV attendees know well such names as Mark Ferrell, Bill Hermann, Peter Merry and Randy Bartlett; but how many of us know that Diplo is a working DJ? We might not even have noticed his name on the song, “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. back in 2008, but Thomas Pentz, better known as Diplo, travels the globe spinning at big name clubs in-between producing hits for the likes of Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Madonna, and has an estimated net worth of $15 million. Oh, and he’s got more likes on Facebook than you do, too, with 2.3 million the last time I checked. Go, DJ, go!

Way, way over in Glasgow, Scotland is a DJ by the name of Jack Revill, who goes by Jackmaster. Ranked at #5 on the list of most sought-after DJs in 2015 published by club mainstay, Resident Advisor, he’s been bringing new talent to the world since 2006 via his own multiple record labels. He’s often hopping jets to play the world’s hottest clubs in places like Ibiza or Berlin, playing to capacity crowds. He just turned 30. You can see his dizzying schedule by cruising his website, at:

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Stu Chisholm had been collecting music since he was about eight years old and began his DJ career in 1979. After much hard work, trial-and-error, and a stint at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, he studied the DJ arts with famous Michigan broadcaster, Bill Henning, at a local college. Stu interned at Detroit’s rock powerhouse, WRIF. To his radio and mobile work Stu later added club gigs at Detroit’s best venues, and voiceover work. He has shared his extensive DJ experience through his Mobile Beat columns, as a seminar speaker and through his book, “The Complete Disc Jockey: A Comprehensive Manual for the Professional DJ,” released in 2008.

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