course some of the best DJ’s can read a crowd, select a good playlist and beatmatch well.
Yes, I think a good DJ needs all three. I believe you put them in the right order of importance IMO. I remember reading an article on the guys of Bassment Jaxx and the admitted that they weren’t really great mixers but they knew how to work a crowd and pick the right tracks for their crowd. I think they did pretty well.
Crowd connection, good playlist, and proper mixing. The triad of a DJ.