STA: The Sounds of Trance: Mark Sixma
Seattle Trance Alliance
The Sounds Of Trance:Mark Sixma
Mark Sixma inevitably caught the dance music bug growing up in now-famous Breda, the Dutch city that produced Tiësto, Hardwell, and more. After mastering the art of DJing in his teenage years, Mark decided to try his hand at making his own music to play live. One of his first releases, ‘Destination 6’, received ‘Tune of the Week’ status on Armin van Buuren’s radio show, A State Of Trance, and was supported by some of the biggest names on the planet. The next single led to Mark signing with Armada Music. Fade 2 Black was, once again, selected as Tune of the Week on ASOT, truly cementing Mark as one to watch within the world of trance. Armin van Buuren then selected Mark’s tracks for his annual, platinum-selling A State Of Trance compilation three years in a row. In addition to the compilations, Armin also featured one of Mark’s tunes on his Wii Game and gave him the opportunity to remix ‘Minack’, the massive collaboration with Ferry Corsten. Since then Mark has gone on to release on some of the biggest labels in dance music, including but not limited to: Armada, Revealed, and Spinnin’ Records. Also on his list of achievements is the mix compilation ‘Worldwide Trance Sounds Vol. 6’on Armada Music. Mark Sixma has toured extensively, with big performances across the globe alongside top DJs like Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Judge Jules, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn and W&W. Mark has performed at several festivals including Stereosonic, A State of Trance 550 & 650, Nature One (two times) as well as Electronic Family, Escapade Music Festival, and Ultra Music Festival Miami in 2015. He also played alongside Armin van Buuren for the official closing party of the legendary Guverment in Toronto.In 2013 Mark Sixma made his debut on W&W’s fast-rising label ‘Mainstage Music’with his epic smash ‘Requiem’. This fought off competition to hit the Beatport Trance Chart at #1, beating the likes of world number one DJ and producer Armin van Buuren, whilst also holding the #1 slot on major digital download sites Audiojelly and Trackitdown, achieving a unique hat-trick of chart-topping positions! His tune ‘Requiem’was the most played trance track of 2013, and he had scored six top 10 Beatport records for his original tracks ‘Character’, ‘Refused’, and ‘The Saga’, and his remixes of Orjan Nilsen (‘Mafioso’), Cosmic Gate (‘Crushed’), and Jorn van Deynhoven (‘New Horizon’) up to this point. 2014 was a breakout year for Sixma, who released an updated version of the iconic ‘Adagio For Strings’, ‘Shadow’(W&W Edit), remixed Cosmic Gate and Armin van Buuren (‘Save My Night’), and released on both Armada Music and Revealed Recordings. While ‘Adagio’held the #1 spot on Beatport, Sixma got to kick himself out of the charts with his next record, as hisremix of ‘Falling Back’supplanted ‘Adagio’to claim the #1 position in the charts from himself—a feat very few have accomplished. Mark Sixma’s first North American Tour took place in 2015, following his top-level releases and remixes from the previous year. After seeing heavy support from Armin van Buuren, the two finally collaborated on ‘Panta Rhei’, a major accomplishment for Sixma that would lock in his place in the the dance music elite. As Mark Sixma shifts gears, he heads into the future with more ammunition than ever, and he’s poised to dominate the industry that he’s shook since the very beginning of his career.
MarQ. Gotek Randall Glenn