Take underground dance veteran Carl Cox, the most renowned music streaming channel on the internet, Boiler Room, and the technological innovators Native Instruments and what do you have? The product of these three coming together is a mix that showcases one of the newest mixing tools around in the hands of one of the most respected DJs in the world. We’re talking about Carl Cox’s new Stems mix, which he recorded for Boiler Room just last week.
Native Instruments launched their new Stems audio format just a couple of months ago. This tool gives DJs the choice to break down a tune into separate tracks, be it the drums, the bassline, synths, vocals, pads and any combination of them all. Giving flexibility to which parts of each track you can play, this opens up new possibilities for multi track DJs. One of the most respected DJs who uses this approach is Carl Cox. Not only did he pioneer three-deck mixing, he has now begun to utilize this new audio format from Native Instruments in his performances.
As this format is relatively new, its not been seen much within mixes online, nor in clubs, however Boiler Room have dealt with this through a half an hour mix from Mr. Cox himself, who delves into its depths and provides a whirlwind mix that blends together a selection of these “tech-tonic plates” in his signature seamless style.
This new approach to mixing will no doubt be used by Cox for the foreseeable future. With his final season at Space Ibiza on the horizon and pastures new fast approaching, he will likely pull out some of the most innovative performances of his career to usher in his final stint at the club after 10 years being one of its most loved residents.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Carl Cox