Carl Cox

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One of the most charming DJs in the business. A musical ambassador and a veteran of acid house, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer, label owner, King of Ibiza – you name it, Carl’s been there and done it, never losing sight of his passions – playing music, breaking tunes and celebrating life.

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    It was at the age of 15 that Carl bought a set of turntables and began working as a mobile DJ. 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, New York hip-hop and electro. He was perfectly placed to hear Chicago house music in its earliest forms, and when the epic ‘Acid Trax’ by Phuture (a.k.a. DJ Pierre) came out in early ’87. “It was then that I thought, ‘This is it,’ says 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 and listen.”

    As a founder of the sound, Carl rode the exploding British rave scene. He played the opening night of Danny Rampling’s legendary Shoom, co-promoted The Project with Paul Oakenfold, held a residency at the Zap Club in Brighton and at the Sunrise rave in 1988, hooked up a third turntable for his dawn-breaking set, got 15,000 people back on their feet, and established a personal rep for three-deck wizardry.

    The next step was to make music, and Carl’s 1991 debut single for Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label, ‘I Want You,’ gave him a top 30 hit and a Top of the Pops appearance. Two more singles also made the charts. But Carl was a reluctant pop star and 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 says 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 classic releases include his 1995 mix CD, ‘F.A.C.T,’ which became a techno benchmark, selling over 250,000 copies, and the 1996 EP ‘Two Paintings and a Drum,’ which again broke the British top 30. Alongside Carl’s ‘Ultimate Music Management’ company, which counted Josh Wink and Laurent Garnier among 27 clients, there was the Ultimatum record label, for which Carl recorded his third top 30 UK single, ‘Sensual Sophis-ti-cat.’ In 2005, Carl’s third album, ‘The Second Sign’ caused a stir across Europe and reached number 3 in Spain’s national chart. Also gaining critical acclaim was ‘Dirty Bass,’ a collaboration with Christian Smith, and the funky ‘Give Me Your Love’, both released on 23rd Century Records, an outlet for his own burgeoning production output.

    Carl formed his own label, Intec Records, in 1999, scoring a series of underground hits and enjoying eight years at the forefront of electronic music. After its closure in 2006, Carl was still inundated with new music, finally deciding to re-launch the label as Intec Digital at the start of 2010. It’s been a triumphant return, thanks to exclusives from some of the biggest names in techno. “The label couldn’t be going better,” says Carl. “It’s great to be back at the helm discovering underground DJs.”

    Intec Digital was also the home for Carl’s 6th studio album, ‘All Roads Lead To the Dancefloor,’ released to critical acclaim in 2011 on state-of-the-art, self-updating USB technology.

    2013 saw the re-launch of Carl’s seminal Pure Intec series, 9 years after the hugely successful original ‘Pure Intec.’ The release also coincided with the launch of a new series of Intec club nights where Carl and label head, Jon Rundell, played to a sold out XOYO in East London, dates have since followed in Ibiza, Madrid, Switzerland, Amsterdam for ADE, and London’s fabric, where they’ll be returning Easter 2015.

    “Jon and I thought it was time,” says Carl. “We’d been working hard the last few years to get Intec back to the forefront of Techno. We have a great roster, with very talented DJs that deserve recognition. This is our way of celebrating the label’s success, showcasing some of our artists, and of course putting out some amazing tracks.”

    Carl’s legendary Ibiza residency also continues to break boundaries. Celebrating an astounding 14 consecutive years at Space in 2015, Carl and Safehouse Management have built their weekly residency into one of the Island’s most popular nights, 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. “The night’s popularity and demand has increased year by year, so it’s enabled us to bring even more talent to the island. 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,” explains Carl. “People come back to us, as they’re big believers in our brand.”

    Summer 2014 was also a record season for Carl in Ibiza – on top of his residency, he also played the Space closing Fiesta, along with dates at Amnesia, Sands and DC10.

    Beyond Ibiza Carl continues to deliver his Carl Cox & Friends stage at Ultra, for what has long been one of the festival’s highlights. “2015 will be our 11th year at Ultra, and I’m certain it will go on and on,” says Carl. “We have a very special thing there. They give us free reign in everything. The look, staging, sound, what DJs we book, all of it is down to us, and that’s a great thing, and why we keep going back.”

    All this and still Carl’s ‘Global’ radio show continues to break records, now reaching over 17-million weekly listeners worldwide and is syndicated across over 60 terrestrial FM, satellite and DAB stations throughout 35 countries, making him one of the most important broadcasters on the planet, and the most followed DJ on Mixcloud.

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 025: This week’s show is all about the sounds of Jazz funk, Soul, Latin Jazz, Boogie and 60s soul. Expect tracks by: Roy Ayers, Z Z Hill, Empress, Teddy Pendergrass, Jermaine Jackson, Rick James, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido and so much more musical goodness! It’s always a pleasure to share my musical archive ..... Enjoy 😉 ❤️ Live streaming later today via my Mixcloud, Facebook, Twitch & Twitter channels! ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Carl headlines STREETraves return to the legendary Ayr Pavillion with a very special 2 hour best of STREETrave set. ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Hey you guys, so much going on out there, that I thought I would post an update on my garden, for those who are interested, as I am still on lockdown here in Melbourne, the weather has not been the best for my garden, but so far, these little beauties have lasted, and now we are going into spring, so a nice bit of sun will help. Keep well and good 🙂 ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Later today... VIRTUAL APPEARANCE at Exit Festival! 😊😊😊 My performance will be then streamed online on Sept 17th... Oh yess! ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

So sorry to hear Erick has left us. I have no words to say but RIP Eric 💔 ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Happening this Saturday 👉🏿 STREETrave AYR Pavilion - LIVEstream!

Be ready for a very special old-skool closing set... Oh yess 😃
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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Burners! 🔥 PLAYGROUND's line-ups & set times (PST Timezone) for this years virtual Burning Man Project are here!

👉🏿 Where to find our camp: 2 & C
👉🏿 How to experience the #DustyMultiverse: dustymultiverse.com/
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11 months ago

Carl Cox

🎥 STREAMING NOW: Creamfields!

Join me & Re-Live my 2018 performance via creamfields.com/houseparty closing out the ARENA channel for the #CreamfieldsHouseParty! 😊
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11 months ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 024: This week’s show is about the sound of the New Beat of Belgium and Frankfurt with some Balearic Beats thrown in. Respect to Paul Oakenfold and crew at Spectrum, Monday nights at Heaven, Danny Rampling at Shoom and Nicky Holloway’s The Trip: these were some of the clubs pioneering these sounds. It was a great time for music and clubs, people dancing with open minds and free spirits. If you were there, you know what it was like! I really enjoyed this time, so it’s extra special for me to share this music. The memories will come flooding back, so many dancefloors filled with happy smiling people. Enjoy this weeks Cabin Fever. 😊😊😊😊😊

Live streaming later today via my Mixcloud, Facebook, Twitch & Twitter channels!
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11 months ago

Carl Cox

OUT NOW party people: my mix of exclusively Awesome Soundwave releases 🎶🖤 Check it out via snd.click/CCAWS ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

BOOM! August Bank Holiday weekend Agenda is here 🙂

👉🏿 Saturday: Awesome Soundwave stage at Mysteryland | From 6pm BST, More info via live.mysteryland.com
👉🏿 Sunday: #cabinfever 024 | From 7pm BST, More info TBA
👉🏿 Sunday: Creamfields Re-Stream | From 8.55 BST, More info via www.creamfields.com/houseparty
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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Oh yes, oh yes Creamfields! 🎥 ReLive my performance from 2018 this Sunday right after Cabin Fever for the #creamfieldshouseparty via www.creamfields.com/houseparty ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Line-up has been dropped for the Awesome Soundwave stage at Mysteryland’s online festival! ⚡️

Join myself & Christopher Coe alongside a series of hand-selected LIVE artists this Saturday from 6pm BST via live.mysteryland.com! And expect something very special from my performance TBA soon... Oh yess🖤
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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Coming this Saturday August 29th... ‘Carl Cox presents Awesome Soundwave’ at Mysteryland festival live-stream! 😊 Catch myself alongside some amazing LIVE electronic artists from 6pm BST via Mysteryland website... More info TBA & via Mysteryland - Let's get high! ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 023: This week’s mix is all about the sounds of the superclubs in the UK like Cream, Renaissance, Golden, Ministry of Sound, and any other you guys can think of. It really was something special at the turn of the century. This show & its tracks will give you an insight into what it was like to be there. Enjoy this mix 😊 Live streaming later today via my Mixcloud, Facebook, Twitch & Twitter channels!

P.S. in the picture is our dear friend Mo Chaudry, Lost but not forgotten R.I.P.
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11 months ago

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Watching Nic Fancuilli, playing for Nicole Moudaber’s #togetherforbeirut live stream with 24 DJs from around the world, me included. It was a pleasure to play and help out where I can. Enjoying listening at home on lockdown stage 4 in Melbourne, but this is cheering me up no end. This is for a good cause, so please get involved to help, if you can. See some of you later for Cabin Fever. Oh yess ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Tomorrow Beatport ReConnect Presents 'Together For Beirut' 🙏🇱🇧 Let's come together in aid of the Lebanese people affected by the Beirut explosions via bit.ly/beirut-bp ! Catch me live at 7pm BST here on my Facebook page & via Beatport's channels ❤️

#togetherforbeirut
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11 months ago

Carl Cox

Boys and girls... Time has arrived to get ready to Burn! 🔥 I'm excited to announce not only Black Rock City is not canceled but also I'll be part of Burning Man Project's 2020 virtual experience, the Dusty Multiverse!

👉🏿Where to catch me: PLAYGROUND camp... More info TBA
👉🏿How to experience the Multiverse: dustymultiverse.com/
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12 months ago

Carl Cox

Now on pre-order & Out on Aug 28th... My remix of exclusively Awesome Soundwave releases! With tracks from every artist who has released on ASW so far, this set is a celebration of where we are at right now and how far the label has come in only 2 years... And the best is yet to come! 😊

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12 months ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 022: this week's show is all about my journey through Bush Records releases! This is going to be the first of very many record label showcases & I wanted to start off with what was and still is the home to some of the worlds leading techno, house and electronic DJs and producers. You'll hear tunes from over 20 years ago, still sounding fresh today. Be ready for 1 and a half hours of music madness! 😊👍👍 Live streaming tomorrow via my Mixcloud, Facebook, Twitch & Twitter channels! ... See MoreSee Less

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12 months ago

Carl Cox

Out on Aug 28th party people... My mix of exclusively Awesome Soundwave releases! 🎶🖤 Originally recorded for the Awesome Soundwave LIVE series presented by Beatport as an online festival earlier in the year, on pre-save now on Spotify via snd.click/CCAWS ... See MoreSee Less

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12 months ago

Carl Cox

Cabin Fever - Sunday Vinyl Session 021: Space Terrace | Ibiza 90s special ... See MoreSee Less

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12 months ago

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🚨CABIN FEVER ANNOUNCEMENT🚨

After a few connection issues earlier today. We have rescheduled Cabin Fever #021 Space Ibiza Terrace special for Monday at the new time of:

7pm BST | 8pm CEST | 4am +1 AEST

You definitely don't want to miss this one 🔥
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12 months ago

Carl Cox

Join me now on the Velo Global YouTube channel for my exclusive set to celebrate 70 years of Silverstone! Thanks to VELO and McLaren for this amazing opportunity. Open to over 18’s only #AD #VELOxMcLaren #YouveGotVELO #70in70 ... See MoreSee Less

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