Talking about “Elements” with… Mark Sixma

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We talked with Mark Sixma about his mix-compilation “Elements”, the relaunch of his alias M6 and much more! Enjoy reading!
TranceAttack: Hey Mark, nice to have you for some words at “TranceAttack”. Where do we catch you at the moment?
On my couch, recovering after a weekend in the UK!
TranceAttack: You new compilation “Elements” has been just released. Congrats for that! What can we expect from this new piece of art?
Thanks! “Elements” marks the return of my former alias M6. I used to release more higher bpm, uplifting and euphoric tracks under that name and that’s exactly what this compilation is about!
TranceAttack: “Elements” contains Mark Sixma releases as well as releases under your alias M6. Can you shortly describe the difference between it?
Mark Sixma releases tend to be lower bpm and more ‘big room’ than M6, so for them to fit on this compilation I asked some of my favoUrite producers in the uplifting trance style to remix those tracks!
TranceAttack: You were born in Breda, the Netherlands, the city where a lot of stars come from as Tiesto or Hardwell. Seems to be naturally way to become a star in the electronic music scene with this background. 🙂 How did your career start exactly?
I started to DJ at school parties when I was about 12 years old and by the time I was 16 years old I got my first break to play at the local club where Tiesto used to be resident! Even though we had school the next day, a lot of my friends showed up and we partied hard! Not everyone made it to class the next morning hahaha!
TranceAttack: You played nearly all major events. What was your personal favourite?
Premiering my collab with Armin van Buuren “Panta Rhei” at ASOT Festival was definitely a highlight for me. Also this year I played my first ever Dreamstate event under my M6 alias. It was absolutely amazing!!
TranceAttack: What is your favourite dish (While Checking your Facebook you lately post with a lasagna ;), your favourite film and favourite artist offside from electronic ?
My lasagna is pretty good, but nothing beats barbecue at my parent’s place! 🙂 Pulp Fiction, legendary! Not sure you consider him an artist, but Chopin was such a brilliant composer!
TranceAttack: You do a lot of remixing and your tracks are also often get a touch by other producers. What’s in the pipeline?
My next remix release is for one of my all time favourite trance tracks “Vincent de Moor – Fly Away”. It’s also featured on this compilation! Apart from that I’ve just finished a vocal track with one of my favourite vocalists in the scene, Betsie Larkin!
TranceAttack: When we checked your social media, we saw you hiking in the woods. What do you do for finding balance from the hectic life as DJ?
Hiking is definitely something I like to do! Apart from that what helps balance the hectic tour life may sound a bit boring: spending time at home. Watching movies, playing PS4 and of course producing music!
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TranceAttack: How does an actual day look like in Mark Sixma’s life? Producing from 8 to 5 or do you wait for for that special moment when the muse is kissing you?
I get up around 8 and around 9 I fire up my PC. Sometimes I start producing right away, sometimes I do some emails and browsing first. Usually until it’s dinner time. If there’s deadlines I’ll work till late, but it’s usually 9 to 6.
TranceAttack: Apropos muse – is there a Miss Sixma?
Yes there is! Someone needs to hold down the fort when I’m on tour 😉
TranceAttack: If someone would like to start in the music business today, what advice do you have for him?
Work harder than the competition and be reliable!
TranceAttack: Time is running… 2016 comes to an end. Are there any highlights left until the end of the year?
Next month is the release of my collab with Standerwick and gig wise I’m touring Europe and closing 2016 with a bang in Portrush with my mate Ben Nicky!!
TranceAttack: What was your personal goal for 2016?
Relaunching M6!
TranceAttack: Do you have a favorite track of 2016? Which one and why?
Gouryella – Neba. What a melody, wow!!
TranceAttack: What can we expect from you in 2017?
Lots of new music and shows under both Mark Sixma and M6!!
TranceAttack: Thank you for the interview and all the best for the future!
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Mark Sixma presents M6 - Elements

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