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Carl Cox: Mixing (Almost Always) Matters

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Superstar techno type Carl Cox chatted to Skrufff this week about his renowned technical abilities on the decks and claimed that he mixes perfectly 99 and a half times out of a hundred.

"If you've got talent you shouldn't really make mistakes because you're supposed to be a perfectionist in what you do," said Carl, "Though if there is a percentage of mistakes that happens, that can be what gives you your character as a DJ."

The British DJ cited fellow techno star Jeff Mills as a good example, declaring "Jeff Mills, to be honest, makes a lot of mistakes in his mixes, that we know about because we've heard them on CDs."

"It's not about me telling you what he does; he knows what he does, but his style is what makes him who he is," Carl continued, "But that doesn't work for everyone. If I did that, I'd get absolutely slated; "can't mix, get a life'," he chuckled.

"DJing is all about programming your music and putting it altogether though it you're going to mix you should at least be seen to be trying to perfect it rather than thinking "I don't need to mix but I'm still going to be a big name DJ' ; that ain't gonna' happen," Carl added.