Music is unreal. You cannot see it, touch it or taste it, yet it has a profound impact on us. It lifts us from our darkest hour and serves as a great compact during the commute. Although rock bands, rappers and pop singers make up the majority of the music industry, many DJs have become superstars.
Since the late 80s, DJs such as Carl Cox and Jazzy Jeff have been entertaining us with their mixing and scratching abilities. These days, DJs don't only spend time behind the decks, but they are also in the studio, producing music. Songs such as Alan Walker's Faded have become mainstream hits. The songs have garnered more than one billion views on YouTube, catapulting the underground producers into stardom.
Some top artists such as Calvin Harris and Tiesto are making up to $400,000 per gig. When you're making that much money, one of the ways that people spend it is on cars. Dutch DJ Afrojack has an impressive car collection that could rival Michael Jordan's collection, and Carl Cox has a few muscle cars and classic cars in his garage. We wanted to find out what cars Superstar artists are driving when they're not globetrotting. So, we glanced inside the garages of the best in the world to discern their taste in cars.
25 Calvin Harris - McLaren 12C
The Scottish DJ might be traveling around the world, playing at the most lavish parties to thousands of fans, but Harris' life wasn't always as pleasant. Before breaking through with his music, Harris used to stack shelves and worked at a fish-processing factory.
Considering that Harris received around $400,000 for some of his gigs, he doesn't mind splurging on expensive vehicles such as the McLaren 12C. The car can reach 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and costs around $220,000.
24 Afrojack - Ferrari 458 Spider
When Afrojack isn't collaborating with Pitbull or Nicki Minaj, he's at the dealerships, collecting several toys such as the 458 Spider. Afrojack has an impressive car collection that includes a Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, and a Rolls Royce.
The worst part about Afrojack purchasing the 458 Spider is that he crashed it a few hours after driving it off the dealership's floor. Afrojack cited bad weather as the cause of the accident. Not one to let an accident dampen his mood, Afrojack purchased an Aventador to make himself feel better.
23 Skrillex - Land Rover Range Rover
U.S. record producer Sonny John Moore, better known as Skrillex, won eight Grammy Awards, thus holds the world record of Grammy awards won by an electronic dance music artist.
Moore has cited Nine Inch Nails, The Doors and Marilyn Manson as his inspiration for making music. He is one of the biggest dance music acts in the world and has money to spend on cars. While out in California, Skrillex likes to drive around in his Range Rover. The car is an absolute beast. What's there not to like about it?
22 Steve Aoki - Audi A8
Aoki has collaborated with bands such as Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy and LMFAO. His songs Waste It On Me and Delirious helped him to get worldwide DJ bookings. When Aoki isn't on tour, he is cruising around in an Audi A8. According to Car and Driver, the car has a 3-liter V6 engine that is capable of pumping out 335 horsepower.
The car needs 4 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph. The cost of the vehicle is $90,000. Audi enthusiasts can expect to get 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
21 Armin Van Buuren - Jaguar F-Type
One of the biggest DJ's to emerge from the Netherlands is superstar trance DJ Armin van Buuren. Hosting the weekly A State of Trance radio show had catapulted van Buuren into stardom. He has been the number one DJ in the world five times, according to the annual poll that DJ Mag conducts.
When asked about the F-Type, van Buuren responded, " The sound that the F-Type makes is really amazing, and I’m very impressed by its stylish shape. The F-Type is a distinctive car, and while driving it, you’ll immediately notice the rapidly responsive handling and instinctive character."
20 Tiesto - Aston Martin V8 Vantage
If you're talking about the biggest DJ's in the world who have evolved with the times, then you can't leave superstar DJ Tiesto out of the conversation. Although Tiesto will turn 50 in a few days, he shows no signs of slowing down.
He is the first DJ to play at the opening ceremony of the Olympics and has won a Grammy for his remix of John Legend's song All of Me. On one stage, Tiesto was earning $500,000 for certain gigs. With that much money, he doesn't have a problem with affording the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
19 Will.I.Am - Volkswagen Beetle
He used to be part of one of the biggest hip-hop bands in the group called The Black Eyed Peas, but Will.I.Am ventured into a solo career and dabbled in DJing, as well. William James Adams Jr. has an impressive car collection but not one that you'd expect. While many celebrities opt for lavish vehicles such as the Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Huracan, Adams Jr. opted to modify a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle.
After the modifiers completed the job, Adams Jr. forked out $900,000 to settle the bill.
18 Martin Garrix - Lamborghini Murcielago
Martijn Gerard Garritsen, better known as Martin Garrix, is a superstar DJ that has taken over the electric dance music scene, and he's only 22-years old. What could be better than being young, famous, and rich? Maybe, also owning a Lamborghini.
Garrix was ranked number one on DJ Mag's Top 100 List for the last three consecutive years. When Garrix got the top spot in 2016, the ranking made him the youngest DJ in the history of the competition to be at number one. Well done, sir.
17 Paris Hilton - Bentley Continental GT
Besides being a reality television star and an heiress to the Hilton fortune, Paris Hilton also dabbled as a DJ. At the height of her stardom, Hilton was spinning tunes in magical destinations such as the Eden Beach in Saint Tropez and club Amnesia in Ibiza.
Hilton states that she is more talented than people think and might have proven that with the five-year mark that she reached in Ibiza. While in Los Angeles, Hilton cruises around in the customized Bentley Continental GT that West Coast Customs wrapped in pink.
16 Deadmau5 - Lamborghini Huracan
Joel Thomas Zimmerman, otherwise known as Deadmau5, is a DJ from Canada that plays progressive house and other forms of electronic music. Zimmerman is known for wearing a mouse headgear while performing and buying supercars that he likes to wrap in eccentric colors.
When Deadmau5 wrapped his Ferrari 458 Italia in the Nyan Cat themed wrap, Ferrari didn't like the look of the vehicle and issued him a cease and desist letter. Zimmerman sold the Ferrari and bought a Huracan, wrapping it in the same theme.
15 Alan Walker - Audi R8 Spyder
What do you do when you're a 21-year-old music sensation from Norway, who has more than one billion views for one music video? Well, you buy a nice car since you have the money. Walker launched his DJing career after he released the massive hit single Faded.
Walker's other hits Darkside and Alone have established him as a household name. Although he can afford just about any vehicle, Walker settled for an Audi R8 Spyder. The Audi's 5.2-liter engine allows it to reach 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
14 Don Diablo - Lexus RCF
While scrolling through the DJ Mag Top 100 list, you'll find that Don Diablo is ranked seventh. Don Pepijn Schipper, otherwise known as Don Diablo, is a house DJ who has produced hits such as Cutting Shapes and Survive. When you thought that life couldn't get better for a superstar DJ, it does.
Lexus wanted to give Diablo a gift, and the manufacturer thought that the RCF would make a good present. Diablo was thrilled with his sports car. Who wouldn't be? The car has a top speed of 176 mph.
13 Fedde Le Grand - Porsche Panamera
It seems that the best DJs in the world originate from the Netherlands. Fedde Le Grand released his massive hit single Put Your Hands For Detroit, launching his career on the international stage. The song reached the top five on the Dutch Top 40 and became the number one song in the United Kingdom.
Le Grand's choice in vehicle is the Porsche Panamera. The car has a 4.8-liter twin turbo engine that pumps out 500 horsepower. Le Grand must be enjoying the spectacular performance of the vehicle.
12 Funkmaster Flex - Ford Mustang GT
Funkmaster Flex became the first hip-hop radio host on Hot 97 in New York, which was a pop radio station at the time. Real name Aston George Taylor Jr, Funkmaster Flex has been involved in the hip-hop community since the 80s as a record producer, rapper and disc jockey.
The Mustang that Funkmaster Flex owns is red with white stripes, but he didn't miss the opportunity to attend the SEMA show to present Snoop Dogg a Ford Mustang GT. The Doggfather was thrilled to receive the muscle car.
11 Headhunterz - BMW M5
Another DJ makes it onto the list. Willem Rebergen, better known to his fans as Headhunterz, is a DJ, record producer, and voice artist. He performed at massive music festivals such as the Electric Daisy Carnival and Tomorrowland. With hits such as Won't Stop Rocking, Dharma and Taken It Back, Rebergen has amassed a worldwide following that has helped me to become one of the biggest electronic music acts.
Rebergen prefers to cruise in a BMW M5 when he's not jet-setting around the world.
10 Jam Master Jay - Ford GT40
Being part of one of the biggest hip-hop groups to emerge commercially, Jam Master Jay is no stranger to the limelight. Jason William Mizell, stage name Jam Master Jay, was part of Run DMC and ranked number ten on Spin's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Although Mizell passed away, many hip-hop stars remember him for his contribution to the music industry. Mizell's Ford GT40 went to auction in Florida in 2018. He was one of the biggest hip-hop DJ's, who paved the path for many acts.
9 Black Coffee - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
Undoubtedly, the biggest house DJ to emerge from South Africa is Black Coffee. Born in Durban, Black Coffee traveled the world and extended his music connections by collaborating with acts such as David Guetta, Alicia Keys, and P Diddy. His song We Dance Again entertained clubbers around the world and showed them that you could accomplish a lot, regardless of the challenges in your path.
Black Coffee drives around in a spectacular black Mercedes Benz SLS AMG when he's in Johannesburg.
8 Carl Cox - Ford Roadster 2
The DJ has paved the way for youngsters such as Martin Garrix and Hardwell by becoming the first superstar DJ. Cox was spinning vinyl in the late 80s and became a worldwide phenomenon in the 90s by bringing underground dance music to the mainstream.
The DJ loves muscle and vintage cars. He is the proud owner of Ford Roadster 2, one of Ford's classic cars that collectors have to own. This car shows just how deep his love for cars really is, we don't see many DJs choosing this type of ride.
7 Dimitri Vegas - BMW i8
The record production and DJ duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have cemented their legacy by pumping out hits after hits. The duo became the biggest DJs in the world in 2015 when dance lovers voted in the annual DJ Mag's Top 100 List. Since then, they have maintained the second position for several years.
Their sets at Tomorrowland have become a spectacle that dance fans cannot get enough and reached millions of views on YouTube. When not touring, Dimitri Vegas is cruising around in an i8.
6 Nicky Romero - Audi R8
Hit singles such as I Could Be The One and Toulouse have launched Nicky Romero's career. He has received tremendous support from DJs such as Avicii, Tiesto and David Guetta. Apart from the extensive DJ gigs and numerous records that have served as a source of income to Romero, he made a cameo appearance in the 2015 film We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.
While not on tour, Romeo gets around town in his Audi R8, which has a V10 engine that pumps out 532 horsepower and reaches 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
5 DJ Marshmello - Mercedes Benz G550
Although most people don't know how he looks like since he wears a marshmallow headgear while performing, Christopher Comstock is a U.S. electronic DJ that has made an impression on club-goers.
At age 26, Comstock has a bright future ahead, as his second single Alone peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and his first single to be certified platinum. Forbes featured Comstock in the highest paid DJs in the world article, as he earned more than $21 million in 2016.
4 DJ Snake - Mercedes Benz G-Wagen
How can you not be one of the biggest DJs in the world when you have featured Justin Bieber in your song? DJ Snake, otherwise known as William Sami Etienne Grigahcine, is a DJ nominated for a Grammy and debuted onto the international scene with hits such as Bird Machine and Turn Down for What.
Considering that DJ Snake's collaboration with Justin Bieber has reached close to a billion views on YouTube, he's not short of money to purchase an expensive car such as the G-Wagen.
3 Paul Van Dyk - Kia Stinger
The trance DJ Paul van Dyk came into the eyes of the mainstream when he released his massive single For An Angel. The song propelled van Dyk to new heights, as clubs around the world booked him to hear him play that song.
Birth name Matthias Paul, van Dyk is a Grammy Award winner and one of the legendary trance DJs. Kia wanted to find a representative for their brand and picked van Dyk, who was celebrating the release of his single I Am Alive. The song is the official soundtrack of Kia Motors Germany, according to New York Style Guide.
2 Avicii - Volvo XC90
The late Tim Bergling, otherwise known as Avicii, was one of the biggest dance producers to emerge from Sweden. Berg started his production career at the age of 16 by posting remixes on electronic music forums. With worldwide hits such as Levels, Wake Me Up and Hey Brother, Avicii embarked on a world tour to showcase his DJ skills.
The car manufacturer Volvo took notice of Bergling rise to fame and selected him to be the ambassador of the cars. Volvo gave Avicii an XC90 as part of the deal, according to Arnold Clark. EDM lovers will always remember Avicii for his great energy and sublime records.
1 DJ Khaled - Rolls Royce Phantom
Once you have collaborated with stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, and Justin Bieber, it's easy to purchase extravagant vehicles such as the Rolls Royce Phantom. Khaled Mohamed Khaled, better known as DJ Khaled, owns several Rolls Royce models and doesn't mind showing off the vehicles on his Instagram page.
He loves the luxury cars so much that he called his latest tour the Rolls Royce Tour. The car has a 6.75-liter V12 engine that is capable of pumping out 453 horsepower.
Sources - Car & Driver, Arnold Clark & New York Style Guide