‘Ibiza is spoilt now’ — Carl Cox on his eventual retirement and the downfall of the White Isle
Seasoned dance veteran Carl Cox has been a household name in the scene for over thirty years now; since his humble beginning behind the decks, the DJ has seen quite a few changes in the industry. In a recent interview with The Daily Record, he cited Ibiza as one of the biggest transformations having happened since EDM showed up on the world’s radar.
“It’s not just me being old, Ibiza is spoilt now. You can go down to the Hard Rock Hotel and you’ve got Ushuaia with its high-end DJs, big bottle service tables and two-tier VIP areas. Everyone used to be together when they went out and on the same dancefloor.”
Once a relatively unknown spot where people would go solely for the music, thanks to social media popularity and the proliferation of dance music through radio stations like BBC1, Ibiza has went from “its own entity to a commodity for everyone else to enjoy.” After headlining parties at the famed club Space for fourteen years straight now, a milestone achievement, Cox noted that those who visited the island back then were able to afford a great time with their budget but now, thanks to commercialism and improved club environments, the exorbitant prices have pushed out true fans. Luckily, he says, there are still spots on the island such as his own Music is Revolution nights that haven’t been tainted for those who are truly passionate about underground and innovative music.
“Many, many years ago this was just a tiny little place in Spain that not many people knew about. You could drive around, find a deserted part of the island and watch the sun go down on your own. What’s different now has to do with social media.”
Cox also discussed his possible retirement in the near future; though he’s lived a fruitful and successful life a DJ, the 53 year-old is ready to settle down. “I’m still missing out on life, a girlfriend, a family, and seeing my mum, dad, sisters, and niece.” However, fans need not worry; the DJ still has energy left in him to continue a career, and his retirement would still mean the occasional performance but not on “a week-to-week” basis. His pick of retirement destination, however, might surprise some: “Although I visited many cities over the years, I always felt like I hung out in Melbourne the most. I loved the arts and culture, there was a lot more greenery and the people are down to earth. Every time I go back I feel like I’m going home.”
Via: The Daily Record