50 Most Important People in EDM

The movers, shakers and speaker-quakers shaping dance in 2014

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38. Carl Cox

At 51, Carl Cox has one of dance music's longest CVs. He provided the sound system for Shoom, the London club where acid house took off in 1987; he headlined the early giant outdoor raves, such as Sunrise in 1989, where he rocked crowds with three turntables; and he's been a key figure for more than a decade at Ibiza's famed Space nightclub as resident DJ, promoter, programmer, and host. The ebullient Coxy has long parlayed his live popularity into other realms, from issuing some of the first and most popular DJ mixes (like 1995's F.A.C.T.) to hosting Global Radio, a syndicated two-hour radio show on 40 stations worldwide. Most visibly, he's the proprietor of his own stage – Carl Cox and Friends, with three hours given over to the man himself – at Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Belgium's Tomorrowland.

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