First Word - Carl Cox
Superstar techno and house DJ Carl Cox comes to Glasgow this fortnight. We grabbed the BBQ loving speed-demon during his tour of Oz to talk Thai food and first loves
What’s the first record you ever bought?
It was in 1975. It was Tamla Motown, it cost 75p from HMV in Sutton and was Diana Ross, ‘Love Hangover’.
When was the last time you were chatted up?
Last weekend actually, very nice. I don’t really go out to see if I can get chatted up, but if it does happen, great.
What was the first film that really moved you?
I’m an avid film-watcher and have been for many years, but I have to say, Nil By Mouth, with Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke was pretty moving.
What was the last lie you told?
Long, long pause. I’m thinking about it. I can’t remember.
First thing you’d do if you ran the country?
Now that’s a bloody good one. Get rid of the 70mph speed limit. No one does 70mph in a car. Tell me the last time you did? The limit was set when cars could barely reach seventy, and if they could, they didn’t do it very safely. Today, cars have better lights and brakes – having to be subjected to a speed limit when no one’s around, that’s the worst. But that’s me, I’m a petrolhead.
What was the first movie you went on a date to?
Crikey, this is going back. Poltergeist? Nightmare On Elm Street? No, it was Friday The 13th. It scared the hell out of her, so she was grabbing me all night long.
What was the last great meal that you cooked?
Last week, on a barbeque. Being here in Australia just now, we always end up doing barbeques. I love doing them and I’m able to practice doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things on there.
Last time you cried?
I don’t really cry that often at all. But the last time I cried was about four years ago when my mum was in hospital, she was having a kidney removed. That was tough. Mum had to get it removed, but seeing her in pain was just awful. I couldn’t control myself unfortunately.
What’s the first thing you do when you have time off work?
I’m really into my motorbikes. Out here in Australia they have some really amazing roads, kind of like beach roads, where you go and watch the sun go down, that sort of stuff. I don’t think of anything apart from riding and feeling good that I’m doing it.
Who was your first crush?
Many years ago there was this girl called Dawn Sales. We were about sixteen. She was absolutely gorgeous, and I thought that she’d never go out with me, because she was just so lovely. Really lovely family. We went out for about two years. I’ll never forget her.
When was the first time that you realised you were famous?
Many years ago I was on the Eurostar to Paris, and this French lady, this older lady, she must have been about fifty-odd, was reading a magazine and she turned around and said, ‘Are you the DJ I’m reading about?’ It was really bizarre. She said, ‘My daughter knows who you are, and you obviously have a very special talent for you to be in this magazine’, and she congratulated me. So I’m sitting there thinking ‘Shit, I must be famous.’ That was about fifteen years ago.
What would be your last meal on earth?
I love Thai food. If anything, it would be the most amazing Thai food you can get your hands on … dried beef curry. That would be my last meal.
Carl Cox plays the Arches, Glasgow, Sun 12 Apr.