Sunday with Carl Cox: ‘I’ll hit 250mph in five seconds’

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Lie in or early start? More often than not I’ll wake up in some hotel room on the other side of the world after a gig the night before. I still gig all the time. Often I have to delay my Sundays for 48 hours until Tuesday.

What’s on the stereo? Smooth FM all the way. The last thing I want to do on my day off is listen to techno. I’m done with it by then.

Childhood Sundays… Were spent meeting mates in the park and just hanging out. As I’m away travelling so much now, if I am back home, I still like to spend my Sundays catching up with friends and family.

What’s cooking? I love a roast, either at the pub or at home. Chicken is my speciality, but if I’m feeling particularly lazy I have been known to order a Sunday roast from Uber from my local pub.

A perfect Sunday? My big passion in life, apart from music, is drag racing. I run Carl Cox Motorsport. When I’m not working and if there’s a race on, I’ll get my helmet on, put my head down and hit speeds of up to 250mph in five or six seconds, before the parachutes do their job. It’s more exhilarating than DJ-ing at a massive event. At a gig, the scariest it gets is when a punter tries to put his pint glass on the decks. If I’m racing at Santa Pod [raceway], the G-force can reach anything between 4 and 5 Gs. I’m not sure how good it is for me, but the thrill is intense.

How do you wind down? It takes a while. I find the best way is to put my slippers on and settle down in front of an old episode of Only Fools and Horses. I love that show.

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