Carl Cox

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Carl Cox
Cox in 2005
Cox in 2005
Background information
Birth nameCarl Cox
Born (1962-07-29) 29 July 1962 (age 58)
GenresHouse, techno, tech house, minimal techno
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
Years active1980s–present
LabelsIntec Digital
Associated actsDJ Relentless (Holt Norfolk) (Clubstyle Parties)
WebsiteCarl Cox

Carl Cox (born 29 July 1962)[1] is a British house and techno record producer and DJ.[2][3][4]

Carl played at the 1st night of Danny Rampling's Shoom night after his return from Ibiza in the summer of 1987, largely seen as the original Balearic / Acid House night in London / the UK. In the 1980s, Cox became a mainstage DJ in the electronica industry.[5] He has performed at numerous clubs and events worldwide and has served as a monthly DJ for BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix.[6] He has hosted a residency known as 'Music is Revolution' every summer season at the world renowned nightclub, Space Ibiza, from 2001 to 2016.[7]

He runs the record label, Intec Digital, which was founded in 1999 as Intec Records.[8] Cox also had his own radio show, entitled 'Global'. In 2017 he announced that from February onwards he would no longer work on the show.[9][10] He has featured his own 'Carl Cox & Friends' stage at many festivals, such as Ultra Music Festival, The BPM Festival and Tomorrowland.[11][12][13]


Early life[edit]

At age 15, Cox began working as a mobile DJ, finding a passion for disco music.[14] He began his music career around the same time that Chicago house music found its forefront in the world of dance music.[15] He eventually became known as one of the founders of that sound and was part of the emerging British rave scene.[16] He became renowned for the uncommon practice of three-deck mixing.[17] Cox has performed at clubs such as the Eclipse, Shelley's Laserdome, Sterns Nightclub, Heaven, Sir Henry's, Angels and The Haçienda, as well as raves for Fantazia, Dreamscape, NASA and Amnesia House.[18][19][20][21][22]


In the early 1990s, he decided that it was time to begin producing music, which is when he released his debut single for Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto label, "I Want You (Forever)".[23][24] Cox became known as one of the best "celebrity DJs" in the world, and he continued to create music, eventually embracing the underground sounds of techno that would soon become very popular.[25]

He ran Ultimate Base at the now defunct Velvet Underground club on Charing Cross Road, London in the mid-to late 1990s.[26] Cox also played the Millennium on New Year's Eve 1999, by performing in Sydney, Australia, and again in Hawaii after flying back over the International Date Line.[27] He was also global resident DJ for BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix in 1998–99 and he has also broadcast over a decade's worth of Ibiza live mixes from Space, specifically from 2001 to 2016.[28] In 1997, DJ Magazine chose Cox as the first #1 DJ for its first top 100 poll, which to this day still takes place.[29]

Cox formed his own record label, Intec Records in 1998.[30] From 1999 to 2006, Intec Records released a myriad of underground hits and became one of the best in dance music.[31] However, in 2006 he decided to put the label on a brief hiatus and relaunched it in 2010 as Intec Digital.[32]

In 1999, Cox starred in the British film Human Traffic as Pablo Hassan, the manager of the Asylum club.[33]

In 2004, Cox debuted the Carl Cox & Friends arena at Ultra Music Festival, which has since taken place for twelve years.[34] In the film Can U Feel It?, a documentary about Ultra Music Festival, Cox explains that the concept of Carl Cox & Friends came about as a result of not only wanting to play longer sets at festivals, but also to give festival goers an experience within the festival, as Carl has far more creative control over his own stage.[35] The stage is popular with festival goers, and has featured artists like Laurent Garnier, Nic Fanciulli, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Maceo Plex and many more.[36][37] Since he created the Carl Cox & Friends concept in 2004, this curated stage has taken place at other festivals and events including Awakenings, EDC Las Vegas, The BPM Festival, Ultra Europe, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Dance Event and many others.[38][39][40][41][42][43]

In 2001, Cox began a yearly residency at Space Ibiza, a nightclub located in Ibiza, Spain.[44] He began playing on the terrace for Space's "We Love... Space on the Terrace". Following that, he was asked to play on Thursdays inside the club, which he was hesitant about at first.[45] For fifteen years, Cox built his residency entitled "Music is Revolution".[46] In 2016, he decided to end his yearly seasonal residency at Space Ibiza. In late 2015, Cox announced that 2016 will be his last year hosting a summer residency at Space Ibiza, as the club was closing and he came to the realization that Ibiza is not the same as it used to be.[47] The final season of Cox's residency at Space Ibiza was entitled "The Final Chapter" and took place every Tuesday during the summer of 2016.[48] Cox finished his residency at Space Ibiza on 20 September 2016 by playing a vinyl and CDJ, ten-hour set.[49] Artists who joined Cox on his final night as part of his residency at Space Ibiza included tINI, Popof, Nic Fanciulli and DJ Sneak. Cox also played at Space Ibiza's closing fiesta on 2 October 2016 with Tale of Us, Anja Schneider, and Darius Syrossian.[50]

Cox starred in an EDM-themed documentary titled What We Started with Martin Garrix showing thirty years of EDM history by focusing mainly on his and Martin Garrix's diverging careers.[51] The documentary is co-written, produced and directed by Bert Marcus[52] alongside executive producer and music supervisor Pete Tong.[53]

While it was speculated that he would retire in 2017 after he finished his residency at Space Ibiza, Cox has continued to announce festivals and events for 2017 including three showcases at The BPM Festival, his stage at Ultra Music Festival, and two appearances at the Social Festival in Mexico and Colombia.[54][55][56][57][58][59] In 2017, Cox was also named the global ambassador of Ultra Music Festival's techno and house music concept, Resistance.[60] Carl Cox also announced the 2017 dates for a festival he has curated entitled Pure Festival, which took place in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, during April 2017.[61]

After sixteen years of Cox's Global radio podcast, he announced via Facebook that he would no longer be working on the show and that it would end in February 2017.[62]

For 2020, he announced via the Goodwood website that he would be playing a summer festival DJ set at the first of the Three Friday nights at Goodwood Racecourse with a special dedication to the Lloyds before their departure.[63]


Studio albums
  • At the End of the Cliche (1996)
  • Phuture 2000 (1999)
  • Second Sign (2005)
  • All Roads Lead to the Dancefloor (2011)

Awards and nominations[edit]


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  2. ^ "Carl Cox Bio, Music, News & Shows". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  3. ^ "DJ ditches decks to play-out piano wish". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Interview: Carl Cox". The Mancunion. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Poll 2007: Carl Cox". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ "The 12 Most Essential "Essential Mixes" of the 90s and Early 00s | Thump". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Carl Cox' Music Is Revolution: The Final Chapter Early Bird Tickets On-Sale 27 November". 12 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Carl Cox Celebrates 100th Label Release With New 'Intec 100' EP: Exclusive". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  9. ^ "One million tune into Carl Cox Global radio show". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Radio - Carl Cox". Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Carl Cox & Friends returns to Ultra Music Festival in Miami for 11th year". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  12. ^ "The BPM Festival: Carl Cox & Friends at Mamita's Beach Club". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Awakenings ADE - Presents Carl Cox & Friends at Gashouder". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Carl Cox Plots Electronic/Dance Music's Evolution". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Carl Cox". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ Carl Cox | Extrema Outdoor (Netherlands), retrieved 25 August 2016
  17. ^ "Watch Carl Cox spin a three-deck mix from 1995". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  18. ^ Bromwich, Kathryn (14 August 2016). "On my radar: Carl Cox's cultural highlights". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Sterns: The rise and fall of the UK's most unlikely superclub". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Carl Cox". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Fabio interview: Return of the original ravers". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Laurent Garnier at the Works, First SF Appearance in a Decade. 4 Hour Set – Public Works". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Carl Cox". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Mixmag Live with Carl Cox". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Big earners: The 30 Richest DJs in the World". 13 June 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  26. ^ "Carl Cox is going to play a house set at the House of Commons". The Tab. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  27. ^ "Carl Cox Q&A". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  28. ^ "The 12 Most Essential "Essential Mixes" of the 90s and Early 00s | Thump". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  29. ^ "You won't believe who's on the 1993 DJ Mag Top 100". 31 October 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  30. ^ "Intec Records". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  31. ^ "Feature Review : Intec reign supreme with this phenomenal album - Decoded Magazine". 10 February 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  32. ^ "Imprints: Intec Digital | Thump". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  33. ^ Human Traffic (1999) - IMDb, retrieved 8 May 2019
  34. ^ "Carl Cox on Working With Nile Rodgers & Ultra's Evolution: 'I'm Into What Happens Next'". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  35. ^ Duran, Jose D. (15 March 2013). "Carl Cox on the Rise of Ultra Music Festival: "There's No Other Event of Its Kind"". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  36. ^ Lamb, Camille (26 March 2011). "Carl Cox and Friends at Ultra Music Festival 2011 Day One, March 25". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  37. ^ "Carl Cox Celebrates 10 Years of his legendary Carl Cox & Friends Arena at Ultra Music Festival in Miami March 28/29". BeatLounge Radio. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  38. ^ "Awakenings presents Carl Cox & Friends - October 16, 2015 - Events - Awakenings". Awakenings. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  39. ^ "EDC Las Vegas Releases 2013 Set Times". Mixjunkies. 19 June 2013. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  40. ^ "The BPM Festival: Carl Cox & Friends". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  41. ^ "Carl Cox & Friends Lineup - Ultra Europe". Ultra Europe. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  42. ^ "Tomorrowland España on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  43. ^ "Awakenings reveals full ADE line-up - News - Amsterdam Dance Event". Amsterdam Dance Event. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  44. ^ "Carl Cox gives his reasons for leaving Space Ibiza". inthemix. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  45. ^ "Carl Cox is ending his 15-year Space Ibiza residency". Mixmag. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  46. ^ "Carl Cox will spin vinyl for the first time in 10 years for last residency party". Mixmag. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  47. ^ "Carl Cox: "It's Time For Me to Take a Step Back and Have My Own Life"". Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  48. ^ "Carl Cox' Music Is Revolution: The Final Chapter Early Bird Tickets On-Sale 27 November". 12 November 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  49. ^ "Carl Cox to play vinyl for first time since 2006 at Music Is Revolution closing in Ibiza". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  50. ^ "Carl Cox, Tale of Us confirmed for final Space Ibiza closing party". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  51. ^ Baltin, Steve (27 October 2016). "New Doc 'What We Started' Sees Dance Music Through the Eyes of Carl Cox & Martin Garrix". Billboard. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  52. ^ DJ Mag Staff (28 October 2016). "MARTIN GARRIX & CARL COX TO STAR IN EDM-FOCUSED DOCUMENTARY, WHAT WE STARTED". DJMag. Thrust Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  53. ^ Jow, Sydney (27 October 2016). "Carl Cox tells his legacy in new documentary 'What We Started'". Mixmag. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  54. ^ "Carl Cox: "It's Time For Me to Take a Step Back and Have My Own Life"". Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  55. ^ "The BPM Festival: Mixmag presents Ya'ah Muul I". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  56. ^ "The BPM Festival: Intec". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  57. ^ "The BPM Festival: We Are The Night". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  58. ^ Duran, Jose D. (2 December 2016). "Ultra Music Festival 2017's Resistance Lineup: Sasha & Digweed, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, and Others". Miami New Times. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  59. ^ "The Social Festival". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  60. ^ "Ultra Music Festival Confirms Thirty-One Acts in Biggest Resistance Phase 1 Lineup To Date · Resistance". Resistance. 2 December 2016. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  61. ^ "Carl Cox announces lineup for Pure festivals in Australia". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  62. ^ "Carl Cox - Thanks to Gavin, John, Zak and all ... | Facebook". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  63. ^ "Carl Cox DJ Set, Goodwood Racecourse Horse Racing and Dance Music| Goodwood". Retrieved 27 February 2020.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Judge Jules
DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ
1996, 1997
Succeeded by
Paul Oakenfold