Perspective is sometimes on a sliding window of time, where awareness extends only so far backwards depending when you’re born…
…but I think a lot depends on the nerdiness of the individual about the subject.
A young DJ who is more nerdy about music will extend their reach further back in the influences dept and have a wider net to cast for expression.
I can only go by analogy for retro computing. I’ve always been into retrocomputing even in the 80s as a kid/teen, and I’ve had conversations with “kids today” who are teenagers and would respond to a post I made about, say, Zork or 8-bit computers, or some weird bit of trivia.. and we’d have a decent back and forth conversation in a comment section and they knew what they were talking about because *they* were into retrocomputing.
What’s retro to them happens to be what I grew up with but their “nerdiness” put us on pretty equal footing.
So, they’re out there for young DJ’s I’m sure. They just gotta be nerdy enough about it.-
Oh you won’t find in real life what you can find online. That’s nearly impossible
Each gen has a right to establish their own ways though. Part of that is defining who they’re not. Some of it’s basic ageism which can infiltrate any intergenerational field like music, but some of it is simply due to them growing up in a cluster together just like we grew up in a generational cluster, similar experiences, similar news, similar language and views that shaped us.
[I know generational theory is non-scientific but it’s helpful].
What you’re looking for is people who are individuals. Globe walkers, at least mentally. They’re rare in every generation I think but easier to find online.
They’re less village minded, less provincial, more likely to see themselves on the planet for a limited-time only and interested in their place in it all.
That’s just rare wherever you go but great to find. It’s among those individuals that you’ll find the antithesis of the generalized patterns.
[or I could be full of shit but it sounded good]
Gotta face it man, you’re a music nerd. Geek. Enthusiast, musicologist, etc. That puts you in a higher knowledge-having category. It’s a good position to be in because you can see and hear more connections than people with more regular educations and experiences but it can also be lonely.
I don’t have that with music history but I understand that feeling in some of my other interests.
You’ve probably got PhD doctorate / dissertation level knowledge in this stuff. Too bad they don’t spit out degrees the way they should because I think you’d breeze your way through it.