Carl Cox gives his reasons for leaving Space Ibiza

Earlier this month, Carl Cox announced he’d be closing a 14-year chapter of his life: 2016 will be the techno legend’s last season at Space Ibiza, the superclub where he’s been in residence since 2001.

Cox didn’t explain why he’d made the decision to leave Space when he broke the news to fans but now, ahead of his appearance at this year’s Electronic Music Conference, Carl has revealed exclusively to inthemix the reasons behind his departure. “Me and Space have been like a married couple and we haven’t even really had that many arguments, it’s just been fantastic,” the big man assured. “There’s going to be a lot of tears ending it. This is it. This is where it actually finally does end.”

But, Cox said, the departure felt necessary. “It’s not that I’m walking away from the club, because Pepe [Rosello], the owner of Space, his contract is up at the club. He’s going to be 80 years old and will officially be out. It gets handed over to Ushuaïa Group across the road and its manager Jan will be given the keys to run Space. And once that happens, everything changes. So I have no desire to stay in that club for any reason.”

“They want me to stay from a business point of view – it makes sense for them, but it’s not what I want in my heart,” the 53-year-old said. “And if I was going to stay, I’ll tell you now, it’d only be because they were giving me one million euros to DJ. I’d be like “Wooo!” every night, I’d get up for 90 minutes to mix and pocket €1 million playing all the records from Beatport, and there would be as many VIP tables as possible. I’d be smiling all the way to the bank.

“But my heart tells me I will not ever do that – because if Pepe’s not there, I am not there. We grew up together, we’ve been all the way through this together, and we’re going to finish together. And I’m quite happy about that, because it means we leave the legacy of a club that made a difference. We can walk away with that – the legendary status of what used to happen at Space when we were there – because no one else can emulate that, it’s not possible.”

This December, Carl Cox will be in Sydney for the Electronic Music Conference, where he’ll be giving a keynote interview on his almost thirty year career and life after Ibiza. One plan Carl does have underway is to stage Pure, a brand new techno festival he’ll bring to Sydney and Melbourne in April 2016.