Ahead of his show at Avalon Hollywood tomorrow evening, Mark Sixma sat down with us to talk about all things musical, his favourite places to play in the world and what 2018 has in store for him.
Are you looking forward to the gig? What do enjoy most about playing in America?
I can’t wait!! I have so much new music and Avalon is definitely one of my favourite venues to test it out!!
What were your early influences in music?
When I was a kid I loved all kinds of music and I listened to a lot of my parents’ records by The Beatles and such. When I was a teenager that shifted to dance music. Being born and raised in the hometown of Tiesto, it was only a matter of time until I got exposed to trance music. For me that was the perfect combination of emotion and energy!
What made you want to be a DJ/Producer?
I’ve always felt the need to share the music I love with other people and DJ’ing was the perfect way to do that on a large scale! I wanted to learn about producing to discover how my favourite tracks were made and to understand ‘the magic’ of music in general.
Which artists would you say have influenced you musically?
A lot of different artists from very different times! To name a few: Armin van Buuren, The Prodigy, Tiesto, Beethoven, Chopin and Michael Jackson.
Whose music are you enjoying currently?
Was just listening to Above & Beyond’s new album, Common Ground. It’s breathtaking!
You have had some great releases throughout your career on Armada, Revealed and ASOT – what would you say was your favourite release to date?
I think the one I’m most proud of is ‘Requiem’ which allowed me to combine elements of different genres!
Where’s your favourite place to play in the world?
Honestly as long as you’re connecting with the crowd, it doesn’t matter where in the world it is!
Could you tell us about the studio setup you have?
I work on a PC with Apollo Twin USB and Dynaudio BM6A speakers. Beyerdynamic DT 880 I use as my go to headphones. I have a Virus TI I use on occasion, but most of my music is produced ‘in the box’ in Cubase.
Have you seen your sound change since you began producing?
Definitely, for me experimenting with new sounds is one of the most fun things you can do as a producer!
What can we expect from you in 2018?
Loads of new music of course!! Originals, remixes and some very interesting collabs as well! Besides that I have the plan to start streaming live from my studio and of course I’ll be travelling to share my music at my shows across the globe!
You can catch Mark playing tomorrow night at Avalon Hollywood and keep up to date with all of his gigs here.