Watch Carl Cox Talk Dance Documentary 'What We Started' & Martin Garrix's 'Instant' Rise

Courtesy of "What We Started Film"
Courtesy of "What We Started Film"


The techno icon sounds off on social media's effect on DJ culture, the relationship between mainstream and underground & the origin of his classic mantra "Oh yes! Oh yes!"

What Carl Cox helped birth decades ago is still mind-boggling for the techno demigod, and as a front-row witness to the electronic music scene's drastic evolution and expansion, one thing has endured for the 54-year-old: that iconic wide smile. 

"When my name started to be synonymous with this scene... I was lucky if 50 people would dust my music, but now here I am," Cox tells Billboard Dance's Jordan Diaz in a recent Facebook Live interview. Carl dropped by for a sit-down ahead of the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of his new documentary What We Started, which chronicles 30 years of EDM history by focusing mainly on the diverging careers of Cox -- one of the scene’s founders, who just announced his retirement from iconic Ibiza venue Space -- and Martin Garrix, currently ranked the No. 1 DJ in the world by DJ Mag. The project is produced by Bert Marcus Productions, same company behind Teenage Paparazzo and How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

Noting social media's heavy involvement in Garrix's seismic success, Cox adds, "That's a massive jump. My jump of course took much longer than his; his was instant. Technology had a big part in that."

Age, hustle and technology aside, another stark difference is their vast musicality -- if techno had dollar bills, Cox would be one of its longstanding presidential mugs, while Garrix stands as a poster boy for EDM. But what separates them has also generated a symbiotic relationship. "There's no fight between the underground and commercialism," Carl asserts. "Both these elements feed off each other." 

Watch Carl Cox's full Facebook Live interview below. What We Started currently has no official release date while in purchase and distribution negotiations. Watch a clip here.


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