Something I've had rattling around the back of my mind for a while, and some of the talk in the thread about playing for free got me thinking about it again... Can live bands compete with DJs or are we dinosaurs doomed to an ever-shrinking niche market, like jazz big bands 50 years ago? I'd personally like to think that even though DJs do have some huge advantages there is hope. Two things give me reason to think this. One is the existence of what we call "live acts" - not sure if that English term is used by actual English speakers or not, but it's basically a DJ plus an instrument such as violin, sax or some sort of percussion. Those are fairly common here, and I think they show that deep down, even dance club crowds want some sort of live human presence in music and just a DJ isn't enough to satisfy that desire. The second is that, like I mentioned in another recent thread about marketing, I've played quite a few songs that I've literally never heard another band play live but DJs spin them all the time. Buraka Som Sistema, Sean Paul, Don Omar, Alexandra Stan type stuff. Our crowds love those, so there's apparently a market for playing "DJ music" arranged for real instruments (but not in a rock style). Can't really say how big or small that market is, but it does exist. So... your thoughts? Any experiences?