Carl Cox

Carl Cox

Carl Cox, 2005
Background information
Birth name Carl Cox
Born (1962-07-29) 29 July 1962
Origin Oldham, Lancashire
Genres House, techno, tech house, minimal techno
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Years active 1980s-current
Labels Intec Digital
Associated acts DJ Relentless (Holt Norfolk) (Clubstyle Parties)
Website Carl Cox

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

In the 1980s, Cox was a hardcore/rave DJ, and became a mainstay DJ in the electronica industry.[3] He has performed at numerous clubs and events worldwide and has served as a monthly DJ for BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix.[4] He has hosted a residency known as 'Music is Revolution' every summer season at the world renowned nightclub, Space Ibiza, from 2001 to 2016.[5]

He runs the record label, Intec Digital, which was founded in 1999 as Intec Records.[6] Cox also has his own radio show, entitled 'Global' which is syndicated across the world.[7][8]

He has featured his own 'Carl Cox & Friends' stage at many festivals, such as Ultra Music Festival, the BPM Festival, Awakenings.[9][10][11]

Early life

At the age of fifteen years, Cox began working as a mobile DJ, finding a passion for disco music.[12] He began his music career around the same time that Chicago house music found its forefront in the world of dance music.[13] He eventually became known as one of the founders of that sound and rode the exploding British rave scene.[14] Following the beginning of his DJ career, he became one of the only DJs known to utilize three-deck mixing.[15] Cox has performed at clubs such as The Eclipse, Edge, Shelley's Laserdome, Sterns Nightclub, Heaven, Sir Henry's in Cork, Ireland and Angels and The Haçienda, as well as raves for Fantazia, Dreamscape, NASA and Amnesia House.[16][17][18][19][20]



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)".[21][22] 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.[23]

He ran Ultimate Base at the now defunct Velvet Underground club on Charing Cross Road, London in the mid-to late 1990s.[24] Cox also played the Millennium (1999 to 2000) on New Year's Eve twice, by performing in Sydney, Australia and again in Hawaii after flying back over the International Date Line.[25] 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.[26] In 1997, DJ Magazine chose Cox as the first #1 DJ for its first top 100 poll, which to this day still takes place.[27]

Intec Records

Cox formed his own record label, Intec Records in 1998.[28] From 1999 to 2006, Intec Records released a myriad of underground hits and became one of the best in dance music.[29]

However, in 2006 he decided to put the label on a brief hiatus and relaunched it in 2010 as Intec Digital.[30] In 2001, Cox began his residency at Space Ibiza, which has taken place every summer on the White Isle.[31] In 2004, he debuted the Carl Cox & Friends arena at Ultra Music Festival, which has since taken place for twelve years.[32] 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.[33] The stage is wildly popular with festival goers, and has featured artists like Laurent Garnier, Nic Fanciulli, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Maceo Plex, and many more.[34][35]

Last year 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 is closing and he has realized that Ibiza isn't the same as it used to be.[36] The final season of Cox's residency at Space Ibiza is entitled "The Final Chapter" and took place every Tuesday during the summer of 2016.[37] Cox finished his residency at Space Ibiza on 20 September 2016 by playing a vinyl and CDJ, ten-hour set.[38] 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.[39] Space Ibiza announced more artists for its closing fiesta on 22 August 2016 and that includes Josh Wink, Steve Bug, Roger Sanchez, Maceo Plex, and many more.[40]


It was announced that Cox will star in an upcoming Electronic dance music (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.[41] The documentary is co-written, produced and directed by Bert Marcus[42] alongside executive producer and music supervisor Pete Tong.[43]


Main article: Carl Cox discography

Awards and nominations


  1. "Carl Cox Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-12.
  2. "Carl Cox Bio, Music, News & Shows". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  3. "Poll 2007: Carl Cox". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  4. "The 12 Most Essential "Essential Mixes" of the 90s and Early 00s | Thump". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  5. "Carl Cox' Music Is Revolution: The Final Chapter Early Bird Tickets On-Sale 27 November". 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  6. "Carl Cox Celebrates 100th Label Release With New 'Intec 100' EP: Exclusive". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  7. "One million tune into Carl Cox Global radio show". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  8. "Radio - Carl Cox". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  9. "Carl Cox & Friends returns to Ultra Music Festival in Miami for 11th year". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  10. "The BPM Festival: Carl Cox & Friends at Mamita's Beach Club". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  11. "Awakenings ADE - Presents Carl Cox & Friends at Gashouder". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  12. "Carl Cox Plots Electronic/Dance Music's Evolution". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  13. "Carl Cox". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  14. Carl Cox | Extrema Outdoor (Netherlands), retrieved 2016-08-25
  15. "Watch Carl Cox spin a three-deck mix from 1995". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  16. Bromwich, Kathryn (2016-08-14). "On my radar: Carl Cox's cultural highlights". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  17. "Sterns: The rise and fall of the UK's most unlikely superclub". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  18. "Carl Cox". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  19. "Fabio interview: Return of the original ravers". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  20. "Laurent Garnier At The Works, First SF Appearance In A Decade. 4 Hour Set — Public Works". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  21. "Carl Cox". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  22. "Mixmag Live with Carl Cox". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  23. "Big earners: The 30 Richest DJs in the World". 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  24. "Carl Cox is going to play a house set at the House of Commons". The Tab. 2016-02-02. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  25. "Carl Cox Q&A". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 Sep 2014.
  26. "The 12 Most Essential "Essential Mixes" of the 90s and Early 00s | Thump". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  27. "You won't believe who's on the 1993 DJ Mag Top 100". 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  28. "Intec Records". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  29. "Feature Review : Intec reign supreme with this phenomenal album - Decoded Magazine". 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  30. "Imprints: Intec Digital | Thump". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  31. "Carl Cox to end Space Ibiza residency in 2016". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  32. "Carl Cox on Working With Nile Rodgers & Ultra's Evolution: 'I'm Into What Happens Next'". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  33. Duran, Jose D. (2013-03-15). "Carl Cox on the Rise of Ultra Music Festival: "There's No Other Event of Its Kind"". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  34. Lamb, Camille (2011-03-26). "Carl Cox and Friends at Ultra Music Festival 2011 Day One, March 25". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  35. "Carl Cox Celebrates 10 Years of his legendary Carl Cox & Friends Arena at Ultra Music Festival in Miami March 28/29". BeatLounge Radio. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  36. "Carl Cox: "It's Time For Me to Take a Step Back and Have My Own Life"". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  37. "Carl Cox' Music Is Revolution: The Final Chapter Early Bird Tickets On-Sale 27 November". 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  38. "Carl Cox to play vinyl for first time since 2006 at Music Is Revolution closing in Ibiza". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  39. "Carl Cox, Tale Of Us confirmed for final Space Ibiza closing party". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  40. "Maceo Plex, David Morales, Kölsch added to Space Ibiza closing 2016". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  41. Baltin, Steve (27 October 2016). "New Doc 'What We Started' Sees Dance Music Through the Eyes of Carl Cox & Martin Garrix". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  42. DJ Mag Staff (28 October 2016). "MARTIN GARRIX & CARL COX TO STAR IN EDM-FOCUSED DOCUMENTARY, WHAT WE STARTED". DJMag. Thrust Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  43. Jow, Sydney (27 October 2016). "Carl Cox tells his legacy in new documentary 'What We Started'". Mixmag. Retrieved 2016-11-01.

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