Hey LSB readers!
Some neat things have been going on lately as you can see with the new layout. Complementing the exciting change, we were able to snag some time with Mark Sixma, a Trance star that has had some amazing success with his remixes and singles. We are glad to have him as a guest because of the insight be brings with his success and his perspective from hanging out with the big stars such as Armin Van Buuren. Let’s get started!
LSB: Mark, we love the stuff you have produced in the past. Give us a little update with what you have been working on.
I’ve recently done a remix for Armin van Buuren’s ‘Save My Night’ and have just released a collab with Kill The Buzz on Revealed Recordings. I’m currently working on another few very exciting collabs, but it’s a bit too early to talk about right now. Also I’ve finished a new solo track that will be out on Armind Recordings early 2015 and I’m working on a new vocal track as well!
LSB: Wow, that sounds like a lot of stuff going on at the same time. So where did it all start for you?
When I was about 12 years old, I started a drive-in-show with some of my school friends. We played a lot of class and school parties. After a few years I got bored of playing ‘Macarena’ and decided that I only wanted to play dance music like the DJ’s at the local club were doing. Then another school friend introduced me to Fruity Loops (currently FL Studio) and it wasn’t long before I was completely hooked at producing and started to release my own music.
LSB: Since you got hooked and started to show some great results, is the DJ life everything you thought it would be?
It most definitely is! I get to play my own music in front of thousands of people for a living, what more can you ask for?! It was a pleasant surprise to see that a lot of the big names out there are still so down to earth and passionate about their music.
LSB: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
It’s not always the same. Sometimes inspiration comes from improvising on the piano/keyboard. Other times I have a melody in my head and I rush to my studio before I forget it. This happens at the strangest times. Sometimes it hits me in the middle of the night and I just have to record it before I can fall asleep again.
LSB: Do you think you need a lot of money to make it big?
I don’t think so. It could definitely help, but it’s not needed. You need enough money to buy a good PC, some music software and monitors. After that you mostly need a whole lot of time, persistence and preferably some talent 🙂
LSB: What helps you get into a productive mood for making new music?
There’s a lot of different triggers for me. It can come from movies, personal experiences or other music. Also being in the studio with others can be very productive and fun. Definitely a good idea if you’re experiencing a writer’s block!
LSB: Any last comments, shout-outs, or dedications?
Breaking through and making it big is a matter of luck, but the harder you work, the bigger the chances you will get lucky!
Mark Sixma, what a guy! We thoroughly enjoyed his time and his thought in all these answers. Remember to never stop learning, keep on working hard, and success will be yours in no time.