Last year, dance music deity Carl Cox ended his 15-year residency at Space in Ibiza after the club wasn't able to renew its lease in what is turning out to be a fraught period of change on the White Isle. This May, a new club named Hï Ibiza, run by the more glitzy, flashy Ushuaia group will take over the Space location, and many thought Cox's time on the island was coming to a close.
Recently, though, Carl Cox announced that he'd be bringing his Pure parties to Privilege in San Rafael. “For me, my spiritual home of the island has gone and I have to find a new spiritual home to continue me being back on the island. It was never a question of me leaving the island, it was always about what do I do next based on what I did myself to create a home for Carl Cox and my music,” Cox told Mixmag.
Many underground DJs and fans have lamented Ibiza's increasing commercialization, but Cox is hopeful for the future. “This is a new era now, we’re moving things forward. Ibiza is changing and it’s not changing for the bad, it’s changing for the good," he saud. "Everyone is cleaning up their act. They want people in their clubs spending money. They want people walking away from Ibiza going 'you know what? This place is still on the map and it still rocks.'"
Cox debuted the Pure series in Australia last year as a stripped down response to the VIP culture that has taken over many parts of the world. “As soon as people go to any of these clubs, the first thing they want is to be like 'where can we all sit?' What? Where can we all sit? No way, I don’t want anyone sitting down in my club, I want people up and on their toes and basically supporting the music and the scene and what we love.
He went on: “I really, really want to get people to understand at the end of the day that you don’t pull your phone out because there’s fireworks going off. You don’t pull your phone out because there are three DJs standing on top of the turntables or the CDJs or even their laptop and telling people to jump. We’re not doing any of that stuff. We’re stripping it down and getting people to hear raw, unadulterated techno and house music. If you’re not into it, I would just say 'don’t come down, don’t bother.'”
Cox's new home in Ibiza, Privilege, is the biggest club in the world, with a massive main room and a totally revamped soundsystem. “It’s a big room, there’s no messing around at Privilege, you’ve got to give it to them. Go hard or go home. It’s no fancy night out. I’m a big DJ, I play big tunes, I smash the place. I’m not going in there to play 122bpm deep house music, I’m going in there to rip it up like I used to do, like I will do and continue to do soon to make that statement."