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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20 hours ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 021: This weeks show is all about the early sound of the Space Ibiza Terrace. When it was all about playing vinyl. 😊👍 Live streaming via my Mixcloud, Facebook, Twitch & Twitter channels!

*This week we’ve changed time back to 4pm BST due to a very special live set with McLaren on Sunday evening*
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4 days ago

Carl Cox

Thrilled to announce I’ll be playing an exclusive 70-minute set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Silverstone thanks to VELO and McLaren! 🙂🙃 Join me this Sunday along with Stanton Warriors from 6pm BST on the Velo Global YouTube channel. Open to over 18’s only #AD #VELOxMcLaren #YouveGotVELO #70in70 ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 020: back to the 80’s Funk & Soul beats! Live streaming today via my Mixcloud, Facebook, Twitch & Twitter channels... PS: Remember the new streaming times 😊❌ ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Carl Cox

For your weekend pleasure, A 2 hour mix for BBC Radio 1, celebrating 25 years of the essential mix. 1am UK time. You can see and hear it going down. Enjoy and turn it up loud 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Carl Cox

Hi everyone, I just like to thank everyone for my birthday wishes today, I really appreciate the love and support, through such troubling times. Oh yess! ❤️❌ ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Carl Cox

Out this Thursday party people... My remix of 'Farmacia (Homage To Frankfurt)' - Kenneth Bager & Jez Phunk! ⚡ Pre-save via AREE063R1.lnk.to/FHTFCCR ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Carl Cox

All right party people, here we go with the new time for #CabinFever - The Vinyl Sessions 😊 Catch me Live every Sunday playing and sharing my musical heritage with you all via my Facebook, Twitch, Twitter & Mixcloud channels! Oh yess🖤 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 019: This week’s show is all about Techno and House music from the year 2000, before I became a Space resident. This is the sound of Ultimate BASE nights, and early INTEC record releases. 😊❌ Live streaming tomorrow via my Facebook, Twitter, Twitch & Mixcloud channels ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Carl Cox

Just like to wish Joseph Capriati, a very happy birthday, today. Working on his remix of his new track Goa!! 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Carl Cox

Boom! Some pretty exciting news dropped today - the London Motor Show announced that it is championing Carl Cox Motorsport.

Running 16-18 July 2021 at Evolution London, Battersea Park in London, expect to see me behind the wheel and on the decks.

Well done team CCM - all the hard work and dedication made this happen. Can’t stop smiling 😀
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3 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 018: This weeks show is all about the house and techno sound of 88/89. There were a lot of breaks and beats around at that time which always rocked the dancefloor. This music fires up the sound of NYC !!! 😎 Live streaming tomorrow via my Facebook, Twitter & Twitch channels ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Carl Cox

I’m LIVE NOW on Whalebone TV supporting Tony Hudgell’s campaign for Evelina London Children’s Hospital!😊🖤 Join me via www.whalebone.tv/carlcox/charity-live-stream-tony ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Carl Cox

Join me later this week supporting Tony Hudgell's campaign for Evelina London Children's Hospital! Live streaming via Whalebone TV 😊🖤

More info via www.whalebone.tv/carlcox/charity-live-stream-tony
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4 weeks ago

Carl Cox

This weeks show is dedicated to my father, Henry Carlisle Cox, who passed away, last week, due to dementia. I will be playing all of his music that I grew up with, 60s and 70s soul, R&B a little Reggae, Soca and Calypso music from the Caribbean islands. So this will be my tribute to my father 😌 ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Carl Cox

Join me live on Whalebone TV next week as we Support Evelina London Children's Hospital and continue the amazing campaign started by our super hero Tony Hudgell 🙂

More info via Carl Cox Live Streaming on Whalebone | Friday July 17th
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4 weeks ago

Carl Cox

My remix of 'Pomegranate' (deadmau5 & The Neptunes) is OUT NOW!🚨

Check it out: ffm.to/pomegranateccremix
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4 weeks ago

Carl Cox

This weeks Cabin Fever, the vinyl sessions, will be a tribute to my father who passed away last week. Some of you know him and a lot that never met him, but he was always full of life and loved his music, if it was not for him, I would not be the dj that I am today, So,I will share his sound, of soul, r&b, funk, reggae, Soca and calypso music. It will not an easy show to do, but I know this is what he would want, to carry on playing the music. Thank you all so far, for our condolences, for me and my family, it really means a lot. 🖤 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Carl Cox

So happy to announce my remix of 'Pomegranate' (deadmau5 & The Neptunes)! 🙂🙃

👉🏿 Out on July 10th | Pre-save via ffm.to/pomegranateccremix
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1 month ago

Carl Cox

#CabinFever - Sunday Vinyl Session 016: Playing the music, from my youth, growing up, listening to funk and soul DJs on the radio, is where I got to find some of the most amazing music, that you still hear today. This is the way it was presented. Cabin Fever radio show style. Take in the music and listen. It’s the only way it should be heard. Enjoy this week show ❤️ Live streaming later today! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Carl Cox

Great to be part of the Zenith Watches family. Here is a little clip from the chat we had when I met the team 😊

#zenithwatches #TIMETOREACHYOURSTAR #adv
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1 month ago

Carl Cox

Shangri-La’s Lost Horizon Fest running order! Catch me playing at the Gas Tower stage this Friday at 10pm BST with a very special virtual set!

***Lost Horizon is the world’s largest music and arts festival in virtual reality, raising money for The Big Issue & Amnesty International UK.

Thanks to Orca Sound Project for inviting me to play & discover how to watch via www.losthorizonfestival.com/how-to-watch
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1 month ago

Carl Cox

Wow, what an incredible little man! It's great to hear Tony’s incredible fundraising efforts for Evelina London. You are truly an inspiration to us all. You can follow Tony's journey & donate via justgiving.com/tonys-10k-walk

#GoTonyGo Support Evelina London Children's Hospital
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