Techno music has been around since the early 1980’s, when the genre first started to emerge in Detroit, Michigan (USA). Carl Cox, one of the absolute pioneers of the genre, has grown to be the most renowned techno legend that we have come to know since then. So, when ‘Coxy’ speaks out about today’s music industry, everybody in the business is all ears. In a new interview with DJ Mag, the 55-year old Brit shared his thoughts about today’s techno and his own sound.
Carl Cox surely has a few words to say about the current state of techno:
“Everybody is banding the word techno around now. Many years ago, friends of friends would talk about my sets and say they wouldn’t come and see me because I play techno. Now they say they do want to come and see me because I play techno. People used to be scared of my techno and now they’re not. They should be. I play some of the most nasty, raucous sounds. If you listen to my set at Ultra, there were tracks that brought you in with strings and then others were just drum tracks that scared the sh*t out of you. That for me is techno.”
The British techno legend also revealed what techno means to him personally to this very day:
“My techno was always edgy, dark, scary and tough. And it still is. It always borders on the ideal of the true sound of techno coming from Detroit. Detroit and the sounds around my music are what I believe techno is. None of the fluffiness of what techno is perceived to be nowadays. If you can handle it, you’ll have an experience, but it’s a misused term at the moment for sure. It’s just a word that’s been banded around now in terms of acceptance and that’s one of the difficult things about the sound.”
Carl Cox isn’t just about techno; he recently also shared his first Drum & Bass mix in over 7 years. Check out Coxy’s amazing performance at Ultra Music Festival in Miami last month down below.