Carl Cox is the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs 2023 Outstanding Contribution Award winner

He’s also just launched a new concept via a virtual reality platform called Sensorium Galaxy, that is somewhat of a quantum leap into the future. “My show is called Intermundium, which means ‘between worlds’... strange name, but I think it’s a strange world, so why wouldn’t it be?” he laughs. They’ve created a life-like avatar of Cox that exists in the metaverse to perform an interactive live show, and everyone is welcome. “Obviously it’ll never take over from a human perspective, but if you can’t go to see my shows or you want to be taken to another dimension in some ways, you go inside the Sensorium Galaxy through the metaverse and you experience the Intermundium show based on what I’ve created with them, and it’s just mind-blowing,” he reveals. 

As well as his unfaltering passion for sharing music, Cox is a motorsports enthusiast; his time outside of touring is dedicated to managing race teams under the banner of Carl Cox Motorsport. “I’m basically a professional drag racer and I’ve been doing that now for the last 15 years. I’ll be testing my new cars in America and racing them in Australia, so you’re going to see a lot more outside of the music industry.”

During the lockdown of 2020, Cox started a series called Cabin Fever: live sessions recorded from his home to play records from his vast collection to his fanbase. It was a way to stay connected to people, and delve deeper into his collection of over 150,000 vinyl. “I also got reacquainted with a lot of music that I’d completely forgotten about, and I really enjoyed doing that. It was also kinda nice to be able to sit back a little bit based on what was going on, and then to come forward with what I do next,” he says.

Cox calls himself ‘uncle Carl’ and the ‘techno grandfather’ for good reason. He has always been ahead of the curve, paving the way for others, constantly imagining ways that he can push things forwards, and consistently putting ideas into action. “I’m still opening the doors for people, still getting people to understand that I’ll still put my best foot forward,” Cox concludes. “I feel pioneering in that sense of what I’m doing at the moment, especially with the metaverse as well, so I’m looking forward to the future of where this can go.”

1.3 million votes were counted from 237 countries in this year’s Top 100 DJs poll. You can see the full Top 100 DJs list here.