Mark Sixma took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about upcoming music, M6, and changes in Trance.
The last 12 months have been a huge success for you with the album and several explosive releases, so what can your fans expect from you in the next year?
At the moment I’m working on loads of new music including some very exciting collabs! One of which is a new song with Emma Hewitt.
You’ve released music under the alias M6 since the beginning of your career. Can you go into detail on the difference between releases from M6 and Mark Sixma? What inspired you to create this project?
M6 is focused more on the higher bpm ranges and is a bit more reminiscent of the trance music back in the day. Whereas with Mark Sixma I’m focusing more on lower bpm tracks that include vocals and sometimes can crossover to other genres as well! I brought back M6 because I haven’t been making that kind music recently and I really missed it.
You first began DJing as a twelve year old, how have your goals and aspirations changed from them to now?
Of course the scale on which I do this has changed a lot and nowadays I have my own music to play too, but the basic goal is still the same. Sharing the music that I love with as many others as possible!
What country are you absolutely dying to play in or what’s your favorite place to play?
I have actually never played Mexico before and I know I have a lot of fans waiting for me to go there, so that’s definitely on my wish list! I don’t have 1 particular place that is my favorite, but I love an educated crowd who knows and sings a long to all your songs, doesn’t matter where in the world it is!
Apart from treating fans to excellent music, what do you do for fun?
I love hiking, but most of the times you’ll find me on my ps4 when I’m chilling! :)
How do you think trance is changing in 2017?
Right now psy-trance is very big, but I also see more and more producers making quality progressive trance and I think that number will only keep growing!
Lastly, how would you say your fans from North America and Europe differ?
I would say the biggest difference is that in Europe in general the crowds have a longer history with electronic music than in North America so they might know older tracks a bit better. On the other hand I feel like the North America crowds are more open to a DJ playing a wider variety of sounds. But to be honest I don’t think the differences are that big, we’re all just one big trance family