Ocean Drive - - Contents March 2017 - BY CARLA TOR­RES

One of the found­ing fa­thers of techno, Carl Cox makes his an­nual visit to Mi­ami to host his epony­mous tent at Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Seen per­form­ing at the world-renowned Span­ish night­club Space Ibiza, where he had a res­i­dency for 15 years, Carl Cox is a leg­endary fig­ure in EDM, but he al­ways has time for a trip to Mi­ami.


“I would love to come [to Mi­ami] more,” says pi­o­neer­ing DJ and mu­sic pro­ducer Carl Cox. “But it’s dif­fi­cult for me to be ev­ery­where at once.” In­deed, at al­most 55 years old, there’s no stop­ping Cox from be­ing the life of the party—es­pe­cially at Ul­tra—year af­ter year.

You’ve been play­ing Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val since 2001 and have had your sig­na­ture tent for over a decade.

This year the Carl Cox Me­gas­truc­ture will go un­der the ban­ner of the Re­sis­tance—a sub­group of Ul­tra it­self—to cre­ate this un­der­ground vibe out­side of the realm of main­stream [with] a world­wide per­spec­tive. As global am­bas­sador, I’m lead­ing that charge.

What should fans ex­pect?

I’m go­ing back to raw and to the rea­son I’m here in the first place: to con­tinue to mix as much mu­sic—whether it’s old-school techno, slam­ming-hard house mu­sic, vo­cals in the track, break beats, or bass lines—as I can. Things have got­ten com­pla­cent the last cou­ple of years, so it’s all about kapow and re­set­ting. Beats go up, it gets louder, and I do not quit.

What new tal­ent will be join­ing you in your tent?

I am giv­ing two girls from the UK called Eli & Fur a fan­tas­tic stage to per­form on for the first time with me. Laura Fudonk from Liver­pool has a very un­der­ground Chicago sound. I am tak­ing Saeed Younan, who has been around for a few years but never been able to play at Ul­tra, un­der my wing, and a Ra­dio 1 pre­sen­ter from the UK, B. Traits, who doesn’t use a com­puter, just a USB, and mixes ev­ery­thing.

What about old friends?

We have the big boys—marco Carola, Joseph Capriati—and [we’re] bring­ing back for the first time in ages Sasha, John Dig­weed, and a few old sur­prises. A few young ones. What if peo­ple can’t make it to Ul­tra?

I al­ways do a club funk-and-soul af­ter­party on Sun­day, and this year that’s at Base­ment [at The Mi­ami Beach Edi­tion], which holds 500 peo­ple, and I take on a whole new style of mu­sic. Most peo­ple fol­low me to that.

Long­est you’ve ever played?

The last long set I played was at Space, and six and a half hours of that was just vinyl. I wanted to show peo­ple who have been go­ing to Space for the last five years, and who have never seen me play vinyl, that I still can do that. I’ve done 11 hours a few times, but any­thing af­ter that, your brain is fried and you’ve had enough for one day.

So, vinyl over dig­i­tal?

I’ve got a vinyl col­lec­tion that’s 150,000 strong, start­ing from 1968 and fin­ish­ing at 2007, sit­ting right next to me.

What’s some­thing about you that would sur­prise a lot of peo­ple?

Ev­ery time I show peo­ple what I do on my day off—mo­tor­cy­cle side­car and drag car rac­ing—they gasp. The adrenaline rush at 192 mph is ridicu­lous. I have over 90 mo­tor­cy­cles and 22 cars in my col­lec­tion.

You’re turn­ing 55 this year and still the man. What’s your se­cret?

I never sat back and watched life pass me by. I’ve al­ways loved meet­ing new peo­ple and be­ing an ad­ven­turer.

Cra­zi­est night in Mi­ami?

It was the mo­ment I be­came Danny Te­naglia’s go-go dancer for a cou­ple of years. The place was slammed and Danny wasn’t stop­ping any­time soon, so I got on top of the bar and danced from 5 AM to close at 10

AM. If you’ve ever danced on a bar be­fore, it’s quite a height­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Last words be­fore Ul­tra?

Put your phone down and en­joy the mu­sic. These are records you won’t be able to find, so for­get about record­ing and dance.

March 24–26, Bayfront Park, 301 Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami; ul­tra­mu­sicfes­ti­val.com

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