Originally Posted by otc
I've been to a few shows like this, and it can go both ways. It also depends how far it tilts between a DJ-set (where they are really just mixing tracks) and more of an electronic music show where they may be mixing in other stuff, but the focus is on the music they are making rather than the music they are mixing together. For the pure DJ-sets, its really just a party. Not much different then going to a club except you know that the music is going to be good (by your tastes since you picked the dj) and that the other patrons are probably more there to have fun and dance to music they like than to buy some flashy bottle service, get wasted, and try to score....The DJ works the crowd, plays with building and releasing tension, but for the most part does not make new music.
Electronic music shows are a bit different. Those guys are actually musicians. People may raise their noses in snobbery and try to argue, but they will find themselves on the wrong side of history...just because their instruments are turntables, keyboards, laptops, and sample/effects control boards doesn't mean these guys aren't musicians (and a suprising amount of them have a good understanding of music theory and are classically trained in more traditional instruments).
Avicii was a piece of shit. Maybe he isn't always like this (and obviously, he actually made the music at some point) but he got on stage, climbed up into his big fancy set piece, and then hit play. I honestly couldn't tell if it was a live DJ or not. Might as well have just phoned it in. Some people were clearly super excited by just the fact that some dude was sitting up there and pressing play on the songs they heard on the radio, but I felt like I paid a large opportunity cost to be there instead of doing absolutely anything else.
Other times though, they have truly been musicians. Their songs may be constructed of digitized samples and prerecorded strings of notes, but they are actively controlling and triggering them. Justice put on a tremendous show. It was still just 2 dudes on a fancy set piece, but they were up there doing a live show. The music didn't sound like the album recording--themes would come and go, songs that the audience was eating up would get extra time and embellishment like a live band adding a long solo and an extra chorus or two. Never had the opportunity to see daft punk, but I'm sure their shows are like this.