The use of pre-recorded sets in electronic music performances is a controversial topic, and opinions on whether it is considered "cheating" or not can vary widely among electronic music enthusiasts, performers, and critics.
Some argue that the use of pre-recorded sets undermines the artistry and skill of electronic music performance, and that pre-recorded sets can detract from the live experience. They argue that live electronic music performances should involve improvisation and the manipulation of sounds and equipment in real-time, and that pre-recorded sets do not meet these standards.
On the other hand, others argue that the use of pre-recorded sets is a valid and legitimate form of electronic music performance. They argue that the use of pre-recorded sets allows electronic music artists to create and perform complex and intricate compositions that would be difficult or impossible to replicate live. Additionally, pre-recorded sets can also provide a sense of consistency and reliability, ensuring that the audience will hear the music as the artist intends.
It's important to note that electronic music performance has evolved over the years and the use of pre-recorded sets is a common practice in some genres such as DJing, and that the use of pre-recorded sets is not limited to electronic music but it's used in other genres as well. It's also important to note that the use of pre-recorded sets does not mean that the performance is not live or that the artist is not interacting with the audience, the use of pre-recorded sets can be combined with live elements such as live instrumentation, live mixing and live manipulation.
Ultimately, whether the use of pre-recorded sets in electronic music performances is considered "cheating" or not is a matter of personal opinion. Some may see it as a legitimate form of performance, while others may see it as a detractor from the live experience.