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As live performances take center stage, are DJ sets dying off?

The dance music world is slowly evolving. When the dance music scene first peaked, artists were jumping on the decks for 60 minutes, and every single set was similar in that sense. Now fast forward a couple of years, and it seems like artists are all trying to step away from it, any way that they can.

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There are many legendary artists who stick to DJing at a show and have become very successful from it. Zedd, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Kaskade and many more are pulling in crowds with their 60 minutes on the CDJs.

On the other hand, many successful artists and some of our favorite PNW top choices have switched over to live performances. Odesza, Illenium, Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson, and San Holo are just a few examples of the ones that stepped way (partially) from the CDJ.

In a recent interview with The Chainsmokers on the Zach Sang Show, they shared their thoughts on turning their performances to live shows. In their upcoming tour, TCS shared that there will be no more DJing. They are using live performance elements to create those “dancey” moments that we love.

With over 50+ DJs at any dance music festivals nowadays, everyone is trying to stand out. They want to create something different for the dance crowd and give festival goers a breath of fresh air.

So, are DJ sets dying out in the EDM world, and if not, and will they? Our guess is probably not. Having a live show is way more complicated than a standard DJ set. We are sure it is going to stick around for a while. But as for living performances, we guarantee more live shows will be popping up in the next few years.

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