This part is true on the large scale. All your festival DJs and that scene are filled with those people, but, if you were to go to a house show in a mid-to-large sized city you would find plenty of spaces where the latter still holds true. And to me those are the places worth being, where some truly interesting mixing and matching happens.
Why is that the expectation now? If you put a drop in something and make a rager at 160bpm that has 3 sections and a chopped outro into the next song then I guess you'll get 20,000 people to come out and see you...I wonder if we'll see a reversion to what it used to be like. This was a great read, sometimes Pitchfork still has it.