Similar to the illusionists and lounge singers that came before them, EDM’s most popular producers and DJs are gradually taking over most of the sparkling marquees of Las Vegas' biggest and most popular venues and casinos. As the Nevada city continues to transform into the west coast mecca for some of the genre’s biggest concerts and events, including the hugely successful Electric Daisy Carnival, the artists who often perform in Vegas have begun to help those affected by the mass shooting that took place during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1.
As "Billboard" reports, electronic music hotshots including Diplo, Dillon Francis, Tiesto, Steve Aoki and others are donating the money earned from their own concerts to various causes and people who had to battle through the horrific tragedy that took place last Sunday night. Diplo sent $100,000 to victims and their families, while Tiesto, Aoki and The Chainsmokers each generously donated $200,000 of their own income.
Francis also gave an unspecified amount of his income to those hurt by the Las Vegas shooting, in addition to sending some money to families still coping with the hurricane damages in Puerto Rico.
DJs are not the only Vegas entertainers who have used their high-earning positions to help victims of the worst mass shooting in the country’s history. Celine Dion announced last week during one of her Vegas residency shows that her and the event’s producers would be donating the night’s earnings to victims. Former Beatle, Ringo Star also revealed that he'll be donating money to victims through his Lotus Foundation charity, ahead of his own Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, which starts later this week on Oct. 13.
I donated $100,000 this weekend to the victims in Las Vegas. I challenge any other Dj’s or hotel owners to match it we owe it to the city 💛 pic.twitter.com/6LyQFEK4eA— diplo (@diplo) October 7, 2017