For decades, techno titan Carl Cox has remained a champion of dance, proudly waving his flag of musical solidarity with that signature gap-toothed smile recognized around the world. His marathon DJ sets are only rivaled by his electric personality and humility – a rarity among today’s often self-entitled EDM elite.

During Ultra Music Festival in Miami last weekend, Mr. “Oh, yes! Oh, yes!” himself took some time out to chat backstage with REVOLT before day one of his legendary Carl Cox & Friends arena performance, which has held strong as one of the festival’s alluring spectacles for more than a decade. Cox opened up about his impact on the new generation of electronic acts, rumors of retirement and his soon-to-be-free Tuesday nights after his final residency season at globally-renowned venue Space in Ibiza this summer. Check it out below!

Interview | Carl Cox on the state of dance culture