From an avid guitar player and song-writer, to adventuring into Brazilian percussion, Samba and Capoeira, to his passion for house music and deejaying, Charles Cox has kept music and performance close to his heart. “I love what you can do as a deejay,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to be a conductor, and with today’s music and technology, as a deejay I can be.”
Charles’ entrance into the world of house music took awhile in coming and happened quite accidentally. “I first began producing hip-hop and R&B,” he states: “I liked what was happening musically with computers as technology took off in the early 90’s.” Staying up to date with the pulse of music, Charles dug into the history and music of hip-hop, preferring its syncopated beats to the marching sounds of regular rock music. Later, he would set down his guitar and take up percussion, learning Samba and other Brazilian musical forms.
But it wasn’t until a decade later that Charles would really discover house music. A chance meeting with a few local deejays and subsequent nights out opened up to Charles a new world of music. Being introduced to house by veterans of the genre helped Charles quickly grasp a musical footing, into what was once for him a vague, late-night, hazy musical affair. As a performer and musician, Charles loves that the deejay has full musical capacities at their fingertips and can orchestrate a night deeper and richer in sound than a live band. It wasn’t long before Charles stepped behind the decks and discovered what he calls, “The best musical instrument there is” – the turntables.
Since that day, Charles has not stopped playing, practicing, and promoting and arranging parties based around house music. From ongoing nights in town, to exclusive house parties, Charles Cox took the decks and didn’t look back. From grinding electro and stirring progressive, to deep and dirty minimal and techno, Charles Cox’s music never fails to grab you and make you groove. Currently, he is one of the hosts of Vancouver’s longest running house music nights, Open Dex at the ANZA Club in Vancouver. “As a relative newcomer to the scene,” he says, “I’m deeply honoured to have been recognized for my talent and hard work and be given this opportunity to host.” Indeed, spinning and working with some of Vancouver’s finest deejays has quickly brought Charles up to where his regular performances are fresh, lyrical and moving, rich in texture and with a deep sense of house culture.