Carl Cox at Mansion November 5

Given the godlike status enjoyed by superstar EDM DJs today, it's easy to forget their profession's humble roots. Before DJs were selling out global festivals, arenas, and megaclubs, many of the veterans cut their teeth on the illegal rave scene of the '80s, playing under motorways and in abandoned warehouses.

Take UK heavyweight Carl Cox, for instance. He practically set the precedent for DJ superstardom in 1997 when he took the number one spot in DJ Magazine's first Top 100 DJ poll — nowadays a benchmark for commercial success in the industry. A decade earlier, though, Cox was spinning records for rave kids during the UK's infamous Second Summer of Love. And it was then when he began honing his signature sound — energetic, percussive, big-room beats rooted in the intensity of UK hardcore.

Relive the rave days of Cox's classic sound when he lands at Mansion.


Carl Cox

With Laurent Simeca. 11 p.m. Saturday, November 5, at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-5535; Tickets cost $50 plus fees via Ages 21 and up.


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