Carl Cox: "You always need to stand up for what you believe in."

Words by: Lena Kochetkova
Posted: 30/9/14 8:11
Carl Cox: You always need to stand up for what you believe in.

Carl Cox is more than a DJ – he is one of the living symbols of Ibiza and particularly of Space club. His Tuesdays at Space have been a seminal event for the island for the last 13 years, and this year they enjoyed an extended season by adding two extra weeks to its ever-busy schedule. The closing that took place on September 23 was twice an outstanding occasion since it featured a gig by Loco Dice – the DJ who was planning to perform in Ibiza just once this summer and then made an exception especially for Carl.

Another landmark of summer 2014 was the launch of the Float Your Boat preparty that set sail on Tuesdays, taking its guests on in exciting adventure together with their favourite DJs whom they could see as close as they hardly ever get in a club. Of course, it shouldn’t be forgotten that another opportunity to meet Carl in a more intimate ambiance is to hear him play disco, funk and classic house at one of his beach parties at Sands, the latest of which took place on September 25 regardless of all those winds and rains that have been tormenting Ibiza during the last week. And for sure, the biggest affair is yet to come: the legendary DJ will perform two special sets at Space closing on October 5, putting all his drive and power in that remarkable sign-off. Anticipating the big date, we talked to Carl about longevity of a DJ career, about how carefully he selects the parties to perform at, and how relevant is the notion of revolution in music today.

I think this was the best season we’ve ever had at Space, and we’ve been there for the last 13 years. People from all over the world are still coming to Space every Tuesday to celebrate a night of my music, of what I do and what I believe in... Why was this season at Space so meaningful for you? And what was the most outstanding moment of the whole season?
I think this was the best season we’ve ever had at Space, and we’ve been there for the last 13 years. People from all over the world are still coming to Space every Tuesday to celebrate a night of my music, of what I do and what I believe in. It’s a big success from international point of view, and I feel privileged to be surrounded by DJs who share my beliefs. If you ask me about one night, it has to be my birthday when everyone was singing “Happy birthday” to me, including Pepe Rosello, the owner of Space. To see the whole audience to do this was a truly special memory for me.

Why did you decide to add two extra weeks to your normally 12-weeks schedule at Space?
We added two extra weeks at Space because of public demand. People were coming to the island in the beginning of the season, some of the clubs were already open at that moment, and we weren’t. People demanded that it would be nice if we could open earlier, even though things might have been not so busy at that point of the season. So it was the public who spoke out on that.

And what about Float Your Boat, why did you opt for a boat pre-party instead of making it in a beach club, for example?
The thing about pre-parties is that we wanted to create something very different. Rather than playing at Café Mambo or any other beach bar, we’re inviting people on a boat with their favourite DJs: we put out to sea, we stop by Es Vedra, the sun is shining and everyone is there for the right reason. It’s really amazing to have that kind of audience who can hardly believe they can actually have a moment with me or whoever the DJ is, and enjoy this intimate ambiance for the next 2-3 hours. Boat party adds a new element to your overall holiday experience.

 

How did you manage to get Loco Dice for your closing party, in spite of the fact that he wasn’t planning any Ibiza gigs this year except his birthday celebration at We Love on August 10?
Loco Dice and me have a very special bond, we are very good friends. Last year he was playing everywhere on the island, including of course his own Used & Abused party at Ushuaïa, and the problem he faced was overexposure. This is the reason why he didn’t come back this year: he didn’t really have a home to go back to. His night at Ushuaïa was very good, but Ushuaïa needed to get more people in and they couldn’t do it. They had to do a renegotiation for Loco Dice to come back this year, which didn’t work, so he decided to take a year away from Ibiza and re-evaluate where he goes next. As I said, we’re having such a special bond, he’s been playing for our closing party for the last four years, and I think what’s really nice is that people can hardly imagine this party without him, and he also feels this way.

My DJ career has spanned many years, and it’s amazing to realize that people still see me at the top of what I do...How do you choose where to play in Ibiza, in addition to your Tuesdays at Space?
I choose wisely and very carefully. This year I chose to go back to DC10 and to play there from 6pm till 10pm. I kind of created my own night within their night: the big fun at DC10 really takes off at 10pm, and I had the party going on at the terrace at 6.30pm. And also Music On: when I first went to see Marco Carola play on Friday in Amnesia, I was very intrigued about how it would be. I really appreciated the fact that he decided to leave Cocoon and to do something on his own, which obviously worked really well. Marco thought that if we did something together and shared music in each other’s clubs, that would be very special. When he played for us at Space last year, it was his very first gig in this club, and he produced a very good impression. Logically, if Marco plays for me in Space, I go to play for him at his party, sharing the same vibe and the same feeling.

You got the prize as the best Techno DJ and International DJ at DJ Awards this season. After so many nominations you’ve won and charts you’ve topped during your life, is another victory still meaningful for you?
My DJ career has spanned many years, and it’s amazing to realize that people still see me at the top of what I do. There are many great DJs around both in the techno field and in the international field, who have been in the industry for so many years as well, and some of them are even more popular than I because of their commercial success. For me, still to be seen by people as the number one techno and international DJ and to get these accolades, is something that makes me feel very happy and proud.

It’s difficult for DJs to have this longevity, but we just have to be around for quite a long time to become truly successful...Can you name some young DJs who, from your viewpoint, have the biggest chances to become just as successful as you in the next years?
It’s very difficult to say, because in the last 5 years we’ve seen many DJs who have become commercially successful. I’ve been really successful in the last 15 years, so hopefully I will be able to answer this question in 10 years time! I can’t say, for example, that Martin Garrix is going to be the best international DJ in 10 years’ time, because he might not last these 10 years, even though he might be very popular now. Look at Avicii: he has just cancelled most of his dates because he is physically burnt out as a performing DJ, and he has been at the top for the last five years. He might come back, or he might say “I don’t want to DJ anymore, I want to produce records”, or he might just leave the music industry behind, because health is health, after all. It’s difficult for DJs to have this longevity, but we just have to be around for quite a long time to become truly successful.

Is the notion of revolution in music still relevant today, now that electronic music has definitely become a part of mass culture?
You always need to stand up for what you believe in. The reason why I call my party Revolution is that there is so much emphasis on commerciality today, on all that EDM, and I have to stand fast to what I believe in and what has got me to where I am today. The music that I play has nothing to do with commerciality or success, it’s just great music, and other DJs who play it, no matter if they are male or female, also feel the same. They gonna fight for the right to be the people that they are, and to play what they want. For me, this is what the principle of the Revolution is based on.
  

Revolution Opening Party on June 24, 2014
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