Would you be the producer you are today without the experience/guidance of others (Butterfly Studio, Twisted, etc)? Is it even possible to gain this kind of experience in todays age? Is it important?
Every experience I've ever had has brought me to where I am. Just as important were the hundreds of unsigned, obscure bands I recorded between 1990 and 1998, every one of whom taught me something.
Opportunities for collaboration and learning have never been better. The internet would have made my life so much easier back then.