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Carl Cox

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One of the most charming DJs in the business. A musical ambassador and aveteran 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.It was at the age of 15 that Carl boughta 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 Phuturetrack’ 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'slegendary Shoom, co-promoted The Project with Paul Oakenfold, where he also DJ’d and didthe sound system. He 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, andCarl's 1991 debut single for Paul Oakenfold'sPerfectolabel, 'I Want You,' reached Number 23 in the national UK charts and gave Carl his firstTop of the Popsappearance. 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 Ultimatumrecord 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 withChristian Smith, and the funky ‘Give Me Your Love’, both released on 23rdCentury 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 Digitalin 2010, and it’s been a triumphant return, thanks to exclusives from some of the biggest names in techno. Intec Digital was also the home for Carl’s 6thstudio album, ‘All Roads Lead To the Dancefloor,’ released to critical acclaim in 2011. In 2013 Carl re-launched hisseminal Pure Intec series, nine years after the hugely successful original ‘Pure Intec.’ Pure Intec 3 followed in 2016 and the 4thinstallment in the series –Pure Intec 4came in 2019. “I’ve always been about nurturing artists and supporting new talent,” says Carl. “Sometimes a release gets missed, oroverlooked. Pure Intec is a great way to collate the best of our output and celebrate it.”And of course Carl’sname cannot be mentioned without Ibiza. His legendary Ibiza residencyat Spacecame to an end in 2016, after an unbelievable 15 consecutive years. Since 2001 Carl helped establish Space as one of the biggest clubs in the world. With carefully thought out line ups, and as much emphasis on new talent as big names, Carl always strived to keep his night at the forefront of Ibiza clubbing making it one of the most successful residencies in Ibiza history. Starting out in 2001 with just 6 nights, his residency grew and adapted as the club did, so for Carl it was only right to end his residency as Space itself closed its doors. And what a way to go out. Carl’s final 15 week season was his biggest ever, with every single night selling out, heralded by fans and critics alike as a triumphant finale to a piece of dance history. Ibiza is still priority for Carl, where he has returned to play every summersince Space’s closure, carefully picking and choosingwhich nights he’ll play. He launched his own roaming club series ‘One Night Stand’ and enjoyed nights back at Privilege, as part of Resistance, fulfilling the role ofcurator and headliner. On top of that he’s now known to pop up at other parties on the island across the season. “In my early days of playing Ibiza it wasn’t alien for me to play all the clubs,” says Carl. “I had the opportunity to do my own night at Space and define my sound in one club. It’s now nice to be able to share the love with some of the other clubs.”Carl continues to be one of most in demand DJs in the world, with countless club dates and festival appearancesevery year. After 13years delivering his Carl Cox & Friendsstage at Ultra, Carl is now proud to be ambassador for the Resistance parties, for Ultra worldwide.He also has his own concept party Pure–started with Richie McNeill and Eric Powell and celebratingits 7thanniversary this year. Built on the idea of taking things back to basics, Carl put the music first and foremost for some no nonsense, no frills techno parties, which growsby the year-“Pure is my thing. I’ve nurtured it from day one, striving to bring the best purveyors of techno together to deliver itin its purest form, and it works.”Carl became an official partner of Babylonfestival in Australia in 2018, a role he continues with each year, helping curate the lineup, the event's ethos, and jumping onboard as Babylon's headline act. Carl also has a long history with Burning Man, having performed at the annual event in Black Rock City since 2008. Carl started his Playground camp as a way to celebrate all that Burning Man is and as a way to give back to a culture that he loves. It started small and most who landed in the camp that first year were those just passing by to get someplace else, but the music and vibe pulled them in.“From that humble start it has steadily grown over the years and in a very organic way”says Carl. “The energy, music and people are what makes Playground so special.”Carl also runs his label, Awesome Soundwave(ASW) with label partner, Christopher Coe. Launched in May 2018, the label is geared towards artists who make and perform their music live. And don’t forget Carl’s othermajor passion, his beloved motorsports. Having had a love of cars and motorbikes ever since he was a child, Carl has collected cars and bikes most of his life, with over 100 in his current collection. In 2013 Carl started Carl Cox Motorsport, which has quickly grown internationally with the incorporation of various teams and styles of motor racing. From the NZ & World road race Sidecar championships, The Ducati Tri-Options Cup in the UK, to the Post Classic motorcycles and V8 Drag racing in Australia, the teams continue to achieve amazing results with multiple lap records, race wins,championship placings and personal goals being reached. "To be able to utilizewhat I have learned from the marketing and brand side of my DJ career and to apply it to my passion for motor sport is a great thing. And it’s already made a difference.I never thought the motor team would grow like this, it’s been unbelievable. It’s a huge passion for me and I’m dedicated to continuemaking it a success.”2020was set to be another non-stop year for Carl. He was in the middle of a huge US tour in March –his first there in over 10 years, before COVID hit and changed life for everyone. The rest of the tour was cancelled and Carl flew backto Melbourne where he pretty much stayed home allyear, like the rest of world, going in and out of lockdowns and learning how to use his new found downtime at home. Never one to rest on his laurels, Carl used thetime to concentrate on production, remixing, live music and launching his hugely successful weekly live stream Cabin Fever-The Vinyl Sessions. This soon became one of the most popular live streams out there, with over 50 episodes it was watched by millions, and even won‘Best Solo Stream’at the 2020 DJ Magazine Awards.Carl also took this time to write and release his first ever autobiography Oh Yes Oh Yeswhich topped charts across the world in summer 2021. For this he finally returned to the UK to embark on a huge press tour with appearances and press support everywhere from BBC Radio 2, 6Music, Channel 4 News& Sunday Brunchto The Times, The Guardian andThe Independent, which after 40 years in the business, highlights just how much interest, love and respect there still is for Carlwho remains one of the biggest (and fastest) ticket sellers out there.On top of this, Carl also finally had the opportunity to createnew music–spending a lot of time in his studio in Australia makingmusic and experimenting as a live electronic artist. He revived his 23rd Century Recordslabel torelease‘Pure’ (El Rancho mix)his first new singlein over two yearsand worked with Pharrelland deadmau5for his acclaimed remix of their track‘Pomegranate’.He celebrated two years of Awesome Soundwave by releasing a mix comprised exclusively of Awesome Soundwave releasesand finally made his mark on Spotifycommitting to the platform with an official Carl Cox Playlist, Carl Cox's Track IDsand a Cabin Feverplaylist. And perhaps most impressively, Carl started an exciting new chapter signing to BMGas a recording artist, releasing his first single Sand Moon and Starsin summer 2021. Carl has taken his production to a whole new level, performing as a live electronic artist. 2022 will see the release of the first ofthreealbumsfor BMG,coming out late summerand with the first single Speed Trials on Acidout in the Spring.

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