Carl Cox opens up about the key to making it as a successful DJ
World renowned DJ Carl Cox has opened up about his experiences throughout his career and how he made it to the top in such a competitive industry. As he finishes up his 15 year residency at Space Ibiza that launched his career to a whole new level last September, he has new plans for the coming months. Carl Cox will be starting his “Pure Carl Cox Ibiza” night with two parties at Privilege Ibiza this Summer.
In his recent interview with In The Mix, Carl Cox illustrated how he became an icon in the music industry.
“I’ve always played what I believe is my sound and what’s made me who I am over many years…I’ll play something as obscure as you like, which you can’t find on Shazam, and then tip into something that you may know or you might’ve heard, or even a very popular tune.”
His unique approach on his live sets has earned him a spot as one of the longest standing names in techno and even his own stage at festivals such as Ultra Music Festival. Carl Cox then further explained:
“I try to lead, not follow. I try not to compromise. I try not to be seen to be someone that’s just playing the top twenty Beatport records you could buy off the shelf, because that’s too easy…I also mix and layer all sorts of things over a record to disguise the actual original sound of what it was to begin with, to give my sets a sense of creativity.”
He also conveyed why he does not play well-known music in his sets:
“But that’s the reason why you go out: to hear music you don’t hear on MTV, your local radio, or even what’s on the charts.”
And finally, the music legend talked about how the music has transformed throughout the years:
“If you look at my sets going back to 1990, 1991, they were, like, minimum 145BPM. Now, if you play 145BPM today, most kids will have a heart attack. They won’t be able to keep up. Of course times change over the years, and the music you were listening to when you were fourteen is completely different to what you’re listening to now. It’s just that, for me, I’ve gone through it all. You know, break beat, techno, hardcore, gabber, trance, techno trance, the Detroit sound. But irrespective of that, my approach is the same: out of all of the elements that exist at any point in time, I try to pick and play the best.”
You can read the full interview here.