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Carl Cox says it’s hard for underground music in Australian clubs

Don’t let the English accent fool you – these days, dance legend Carl Cox calls Melbourne home.

For the past decade the big man has been based out of Australia, regularly playing at festivals like Stereosonic and launching his own “bespoke techno event” last year with Pure. In his own words: “I’ve got such a great affinity with Australians and a long history with Australian music culture.”

But when it comes to our clubs, Coxy’s noticed that Australia isn’t exactly on par with Ibiza. His assessment? “In the bigger clubs here, it’s difficult to try and have pure underground music.”

“If the managers can see that there aren’t enough people buying drinks, you’ll have a shelf life of about two to six months maximum,” Cox says in a new interview with inthemix. “Then you’ll be out on the street, they’ll get an EDM DJ in there, and he’ll bring friends, the venue will sell drinks, and everything else like that.”

“So even though I have a wonderful history in Australia, in more recent times I was getting frustrated. I was thinking, ‘Where can I actually play the music I play on the main floor of Space in Australia?’ The answer was, ‘Not many places’.”

The good news for fans of those pure underground sounds is that Cox has a string of Australian shows lined up for the first half of the year – he’ll headline the debut edition of Babylon in Victoria this March, before taking his techno festival Pure around the country in April.

To find out more about what Carl Cox thinks of Australia’s dance scene – including his assessment of Pnau’s hit Chameleon – head here to read our full interview.

Katie Cunningham is the Editor of inthemix. She is on Twitter.