Carl Cox Interview

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One of the most recognisable UK DJs, Carl Cox is a big influencer over dance and techno music, especially in the last two decades. With summer residencies on the party island of the world, Ibiza, and sets at legendary festivals such as Burning Man, he is often touring to far-off destinations and playing all over the world. Luckily for us, he has a house in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsular, so he does come to Australia pretty often, gracing us with his club bangers and mixes.

One such visit will see him play the Greenwood Hotel in Sydney on 7th March, for another brilliant T1000 event. Unfortunately, we have to prepare for him to leave our shores soon after, as he closes the summer season once more. He explains, “I built a house seven years ago, and every year I go back in October and jump on a plane end of March to start playing back in Europe via America. It’s different for me than it is for most European DJs, because I can do a gig and then go home, so I understand the desire to live in Melbourne.”

As well as the main man, Cox will also be supported by local DJs, including DigDeep DJs. As a global act, he has witnessed dance music scenes all over the world, but with the distance of Australia from everywhere else, he explains to us that it’s difficult to pick out home-grown talent from Australia that has caught his eye.

“Most of the Australian talent has yet to cross over, and this is a good thing and a bad thing in some ways because you don’t have any scope to be anything apart from what you’re expected to play. And the thing is, you’re on the other side of the world. So what do you do to be noticed? It’s very difficult.”

There are many ways that local talent can be heard by Cox, however. If the music legend has any trouble finding new music for his global radio show or podcasts, he can look to his website – or you can just pass it to him during a set.

“Even the punters in the crowd get their USB sticks or CDs to me. I do have a website where they’re able to upload new music to me, and I’ll get this on a weekly basis. I get to shoot through so many of these new records, and then I’m able to pick and choose the tracks that I think will go down well on the dancefloor.”

So now you know how to get your music heard by Carl Cox, don’t miss him at the Greenwood Hotel on 7th March for the party to end the summer season. Get your ticket from or enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning one free double pass!