Carl Cox Bio

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Carl Cox bio

At the early age of only 15, Carl was given a set of turntables and began working as a mobile DJ. A professional DJ since his mid-teens, a veteran of acid house and a champion of techno, Carl's been there and done it. And he’s never lost sight of his passions: playing music, breaking tunes, celebrating life. Disco was the first music that captivated him but by the early ’80s Cox had moved on to playing the same music as other young London DJs—rare groove, electro, and New York hip-hop. He was perfectly placed to hear Chicago house music in its earliest forms, and when the epic “Acid Trax” by Phuture (aka DJ Pierre) came out in early '87 ... “It was then that I thought, 'This is it,’ said Carl. “I would do my parties, and I'd play old rare groove and hip hop and soul and I would say 'Right you've got to hear this Phuture track’ and people would just stop. It's funny because all the people who thought I had freaked out then are the people who are making the music now." Carl's 1991 debut single “I Want You” for Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto label gave him a top 30 hit and a Top of the Pops appearance. Two more of his singles made the charts but Carl was a reluctant pop star. As the masses moved onto fluffy house and trance, and the hardcore created jungle, Cox retreated into the club world that had nurtured him and instead embraced the underground sounds of techno. "Techno drives home somewhere," he said of his core music. "It takes you to an element of surprise, not knowing where you're going. It's scary but wonderful at the same time." Carl’s legendary Ibiza residency also continued to break boundaries, celebrating an astounding 10 consecutive years at Space. Carl and Safehouse Management have built a weekly residency into one of the Island’s most popular nights. Marking a change in direction from traditional Ibiza parties, His Space revolution has always been acclaimed for its adventurous and forward-thinking line-ups, musical direction and state of the art production. This, along with Carl’s highly involved and passionate role as promoter, programmer and host, is why each year has seen a growth and progression from the last, both in terms of quality and size. “We have a successful night because we just batten down the hatches and stick to what we do best, which is give value for money,” explained Carl. “People come back to us, as they’re big believers in our brand. Also Space is a great club, they’ve spent a lot of money on it, and it’s just getting better and better.” All this and still Carl’s global radio show is still breaking records, now reaching more than 12-million listeners worldwide and syndicated across 60 terrestrial FM, Satellite and DAB stations throughout 35 countries, making him one of the most important broadcasters on the planet. With this, Intec Digital, Ibiza and his highly anticipated new longplayer, Carl shows no signs of slowing down. “After the Ibiza seasons, after the festivals I’ve done, after my own events, albums and remixing,” said Carl, “the story still continues in a massive way – there’s so much more still to come.”

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