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Carl Cox

A perennial favorite as the best DJ in the world according to fans as well as the major mixing magazines, Carl Cox has been a part of Britain's dance scene from the heady days of disco through to the global clubland of the new millennium, with temporary pit stops covering hip-hop, the rare groove movement, and the immense rave revolution of the late '80s. That large span of time has undoubtedly affected his choice of records, since Cox routinely detours through breakbeat, Italian house, and the dance mainstream during his usual sets of hard techno. Perhaps the best testament to his mixing skills is his immense popularity despite his focus on music much more intense than the brand of arena trance spawned by Oakenfold, Sasha, Digweed, and others.

Cox was born in Manchester in 1962, to parents originally from Barbados (they later moved back after he grew up). Cox began DJing family get-togethers at the age of eight, selecting records from his parents' stack of soul 45s. He was buying his own records soon after, and owned his first pair of turntables at the age of 15. The rest of his teens was spent making spare money at any event he could DJ; though Cox studied electrical engineering in college, he quit after six months and began working various jobs until he could become a full-time DJ.

Cox had followed the musical trends from disco to rare groove on to hip-hop during the late '70s and early '80s, but the introduction of house into Britain during the middle part of the decade convinced him that he had found his niche. After moving to Brighton in 1986, his reputation bloomed during the acid house explosion of 1988-1989; Cox played the opening night at Shoom, one of the defining club nights of Britain's house revolution (as well as other legendary hot spots like Land of Oz and Spectrum). In front of 15,000 at the 1989 open-air event Sunrise, he unveiled his use of three decks on the mix; that signature technique built him into one of the top DJs of the late '80s and early '90s.

By 1992 Cox had signed an unheard-of long-term production deal with Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Records and hit number 23 on the British charts with his debut single, "I Want You (Forever)." His second single, "Does It Feel Good to You," also reached the Top 40, and he quickly diversified by setting up his own record label (Worldwide Ultimatum) and an international DJ agency (Ultimate). The onset of a more hardcore rave sound (and the fact that he was increasingly becoming pigeonholed within it) forced Cox to spend several years reestablishing his niche. In a bit of irony, commercial successes like Cox's own steered him away from high-BPM candy-core and toward the still soulful house and techno scene.

Three years after his hit singles, Cox returned with the first volume in what became a genre-defining mix compilation series, F.A.C.T.: Future Alliance of Communications and Tecknology. After the first volume dropped in 1995, surprisingly high sales figures earned a second two years later (released in America as well). One year later, Cox released his first studio full-length with 1996's At the End of the Cliché. Mix album The Sound of Ultimate B.A.S.E. followed in 1998, with another studio album, Phuture 2000, appearing in 1999. One year later, he released the self-explanatory Mixed Live, recorded at Chicago's Crobar. A second edition of Mixed Live appeared two years later along with the mix CD Global. The DJ's next busy year was 2004 with the Pure Intec mix CD appearing in August and Cox's entry in the Back to Mine series dropping in November. Second Sign appeared in 2006 with new Cox productions and a diverse set of collaborators, including superstar DJ Norman Cook and Detroit techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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AMAZING!!!!!
loft3301
Seen this maestro perform on multiple occasions for more than a decade. One of my many favorite journeys was at Drai's in Vegas! I believe the set was more than 9 hours long!
sions420
Carl Cox is da man, had a chance to see him at the 1st ONe...amazin g a true pioneer...
zeeispayd
This guy is amazing and will take u on a journey when he plays live. Awesome!
Geeeezzzzzzu u u u u s s s s s s s s s ! ! ! ! ! !
@trip10gc; Motor huh? brings back memories!!!
I danced the whole time when I saw him at The Motor in Hamtramck michigan, Great show!
calcarez
he killed it at NYC EDC 2013 with Loco Dice!!!! Carl never lets me sit down! love Carl!
Guy can DJ four turntables in his sleep.
The Godfather
Carl Cox is a legend. A techno style unlike any other!
Just saw Cox in Zrce Croatia 2012, what a night, definately the best one around.
i used to love this guy at the state palace theatre in new orleans back in the late 90s
carl cox.... the god of house musik!!!!
I saw this guy in Hawaii at the Millenium New Years Bash in 2000. Mixes on four turn tables and can still go down and dance and groove with the crowd without missing a beat.
Carl Cox is just one of the greatest DJ's of all time..! Carl Cox & Larry Levan will always be in the top 5!
pamela.harri s 4 6
love this beat, great workout joint!!!
trannsitt23
movin and groovin
killed it at monster massive
Love his '08 Opulent Temple live @ BRC set! Stellar!!! And that smile of his is as infectious as what he put's down!
Dope Dj and producer crazy skills
saw CCox at Acapulco Sound Festival 2000, since then I have been following up and he is so amazing in a live sesion!
Experienced him at ULTRA. Oh My God.
Saw Cox at some party in either 99 or 00, Oakenfold was there too but Cox tore it up. He talked to the crowd, got them into the feel, even came down into the crowd for a while to chill with us little people. =)
Also: I was pretty messed up, so the whole night may have been a halucination . . . damn good one if it was tho!
uppityb
The best part of Ultra 09' WAS the Carl Cox Tent!
Seen him many times at ultraworld too!!!He is awesome still going strong, hope to see you guys out there 09.
carlinacox
my naes carly cox , how cool is dat
earlwiggs10
GREAT BIO OF THIS GUY BACKGROUND.. . . . I N T E R E S T I N G THAT HE QUIT COLLEGE AND PICKED BACK UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF MAKING MORE MONEY THAN AT FIRST....... . . . . . . P E A C E TO YA BRO'........ . . A T L BASE........ . . . E W
wow thats sick i wish i could become a dj but i know thats not gonna happen...can t wait to see him in ultra fest 2009!!!! 2008 was a sick performance

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