Carl Cox Plots Electronic/Dance Music's Evolution

House DJ/producer on the current state of electronic/dance music and why he supports the next wave of up-and-coming artists
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    Carl Cox
June 25, 2014 -- 3:06 pm PDT
GRAMMY.com

Pioneering British house music DJ/producer Carl Cox recently performed at the Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 in Las Vegas. Following his set, Cox participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing how his Barbadian roots influence his music, the evolution of electronic/dance music and why it's important to support up-and-coming artists, among other topics.

"I've always been behind the next talent or the next person coming through," said Cox. "It keeps the movement going. I won't be here forever, so I have to have a whole bunch of people [who] I brought through and they can carry the legacy of what I've believed in."

Born in Manchester, England, Cox received his first set of turntables at age 15 and began working as a mobile DJ, initially playing disco before incorporating techno, hip-hop and electro music in his sets during the late '70s and early '80s.  In 1988 he made waves at a Sunrise rave in Brighton, England, by using a third turntable during his set, which would become his signature technique. In 1991 he released his first single, "I Want You (Forever)," which cracked the Top 25 on the UK Singles chart. In 1995 he released the first volume of his popular compilation series, F.A.C.T.: Future Alliance Of Communications And Tecknology, which was followed by a string of albums and mixes, including his 1996 debut studio album, At The End Of The Cliché, 1999's Phuture 2000 and 2002's Global, the latter of which cracked the Top 20 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

Cox's sixth studio album, All Roads Lead To The Dancefloor, was released in 2012. He followed with 2013's Pure Intec Two, the anticipated sequel to his 2004 mix series Pure Intec. Cox currently hosts "Global," an electronic music radio show, which boasts more than 16 million listeners worldwide and features guest DJ sets. He ranked No. 38 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 most important people in electronic/dance music.

Cox is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through September.  

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