Notwithstanding the cancellation of in-person, worldwide concerts, 2020 has been a big year for music with opportunities for artists to grow and experiment with new concepts. In a recent interview with MixMag, Carl Cox gave his opinion on illegal parties as well as where and how the music industry will grow.

A mainstay figure in the evolution of dance music throughout the years, from the height of the UK super-club scene to modern day festivals, the superstar DJ is one of the foremost authorities on club culture. In terms of what he thinks about some of the illegal parties being thrown in defiance of local government edict, Cox stated: “It’s irresponsible to be out there at the moment based on how everyone is trying to do the right thing to get past this. Having a party in a pandemic, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever…If you are really into it, you’ll wait. If you are not into it and you just want to react or act out, it’s going to be the very thing that makes it worse.”

The British legend gave further insight into how the industry can slowly reopen: “We have to go back to the small clubs again…and what’s going to happen eventually with the recession and people spending and how they feel about being around other people, have a massive impact on what we do next and also how we do it.”

The dance floor icon also touched on the massive amount of time producers, DJs and other creatives have had to experiment throughout 2020, delving into projects that they may have otherwise overlooked: “At the moment we don’t have a dancefloor. So, there is no point making hit records for the dancefloor…This is a great time for creativity now. Something is going to come out of it in the sense that you’ve made a point, a statement, about what’s happened to you individually.”

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