I think I missed out on a couple of musical generations. I don't follow contemporary pop music and certainly not hip-hop and I really don't understand what DJs do that makes people want to pay money to see them. The news about Avicii was what put it into my mind and made me start wondering.
I'm a grumpy old man so am coloured in my perspective, but I think it's a cult of personalty. Such-and-such is cool and all the cool people go to his shows so he's super popular. Kind of empty - a bit like all the other celeb culture crap around people who are famous mainly for being famous (and rich) such as the Kardashians. Ick.
So the Beatles, Kiss, AC/DC, Meatloaf, The Rolling Stones, Led Zep the list could go on are not the same as Avicii's following?
Not even close to what I am talking about. Those bands became famous because of their artistic talent and musical innovation. I would argue some guy queuing up tracks while looking the part has none of those attributes. Nor do the Kardashians for that matter.
You've totally missed the point. These "DJ's" are mostly playing original tracks. They have made these tracks with "artistic talent and musical innovation".
This might interest you...
Skrillex making a track with The Doors (or at least two of them)
So why do do they call them DJs? They're not doing anything with discs and their art is creative ... Why don't they call them musicians or composers?
Kids these days... bah humbug!