I have been to raves and "underground clubs" to see DJ's. I go to hear my kind of music - deep house, disco house, and the Detroit techno sound. There are hardly any bands doing this kind of music, its usually a guy and some synths or computers, and they don't tour so the only way to hear them is to catch a DJ who plays that stuff. The dance scene has become a DJ thing, I don't know why.
FXDIF is mostly right, I stopped going to mainstream clubs because the so called dance music has become attrocious, pure crap, top 40.
Now there are alot of DJ's that are wannabes, a few are very good remixers - those are the DJ/producers who actually know how to sequence and use computers to remix tracks. Some can take a lame tune and make it sing. Generally I'm not inot DJ's, I don't care, I'm into the music.
There are also alot of keyboard/computer "producers" who are wannabes too.
I consider myself a song writer first. I learned on the organ, remember organs? Then I took classical piano then years later I got a synth and again a few years later I got a computer, so by the time I got a computer I had been playing keys for over 10 years, guitar for over 10 years and drums for 15 years! . Mind you, I got my first synth in 1984 when I was 15, and there was not much in the way of home computers with midi, and it was VERY expensive back then.
The problem today is that kids just can't play, they use loops and samples and when they do play, they suck. Also they are so spoiled witht todays technology, I mean today youve got samplers and megabytes of memory - my fist computer had 16K and midi wasnt invented yet and yet some of the best tunes came out of that "retro" gear. Samplers cost 40,000 dollars then. I'm glad I got to see midi evolve. What are ya gonna do??
I'm not saying that you shouldnt just dive in and learn music with the new technology if you are just starting out, I'm just saying that somehow somewhere along the way since I first started, music has gone down the tubes because musicianship has gone down the tubes.
Having said that I have heard some pretty good stuff from friends - younger friends - (Im not old, I just started young, when I was 4) who can't play for shit!! Makes me mad
Now Britney Spears and Nsync are scary.