Considering their differences in terms of sound and fan base, it’s no wonder Ben Nicky and Mark Sixma’s team-up might come as a surprise. But when they do join forces, you can be sure that there’s something big coming your way. Today, both heavy hitters deliver on that promise by coming up with a gargantuan speaker buster made to crush mainstages and souls alike: ‘The Bass’.
Drawing inspiration from electronic music’s harder styles, Ben Nicky and Mark Sixma link up for a sonic bulldozer of epic proportions that came to fruition toward the end of 2018. Alternating between aggressive synths and soft flute tones to create a supercharged contrast meant for the mainstage, this monster cut truly is all about ‘The Bass’ and the madness it brings.
Ben Nicky: “I remixed Mark’s track ‘Restless Hearts’ a few years ago now, so the natural progression was to make a track together. We had a few different names for the track initially, but as soon as ‘The Bass’ was mentioned, we both knew that was it, simple and to the point as there’s no denying the bass in this track! We both have very different fan bases, yet both have been very receptive to the track so far, so it’s definitely crossing genres for both of us. I play everything from 128-180BPM during my sets at the moment, so ‘The Bass’ fits perfectly in my live shows. We both know this is going to be a banger throughout 2019 and it was great fun making this track together, so there may be more from the both of us in the future.”
Mark Sixma: “Ben and I had been talking about doing a collab for ages. We wanted to create something that combined both our styles and could fit in both of our live sets. With ‘The Bass’, we found that common ground by bringing back that oldschool rave sound and incorporating sounds ranging from big room to hardstyle. I have been playing it a lot and the reaction of the people is exactly what we were looking for. It sets firm grounds for a lot more collaborative work with Ben coming forward; the versatility of sounds in both our sets and productions turns out to be a good mixture for what will be 2019’s rave.”
A few days ago we blogged about the latest banger fresh from the oven of the Dutch talent Mark Sixma, ‘ The Clock’ and let us tell you that we’ve spent the whole weekend blasting it out loud.
Hailing from Breda, the Dutch city that gave birth to scene leaders like Tiesto and Hardwell, he’s responsible for some of the genre’s most revered anthems, as timeless as they are essentials to any trance and EDM enthusiast’s collection.
After attending a few of his spectacular gigs lately, we couldn’t wait to find the right moment to catch up with him.
So….what about now, right in the middle of his re-branding and right after the release of this stunner?
TBA: Hi Mark, first of all how are you doing?
MS: Doing very well, thank you!
TBA: Congrats on your new release ‘The Clock’ such a banger that made us fall in love in love here at The Backstage Access office, can you tell us something about it?
MS: Glad you like it! With this one I’ve combined elements of Psy with Hardstyle.
TBA: What was the idea behind it?
MS: Recently I’ve been feeling the urge to come up with something new, something that is pushing boundaries. I felt like taking my shows, branding and of course the music to the next level. This track is just the first page of a new chapter!
TBA: How long did it take you to make this tune?
MS: The main parts of the track actually came to be quite quickly as I already had the idea in my head. It felt like it was missing something though and after trying some different things I came up with the idea to use a ticking clock. That soon became the theme of the song.
TBA: How does your studio set up looks like ?
MS: It’s actually pretty simple. Windows Desktop, Adam A77X speakers, LG Ultra Widescreen, Apollo Twin USB and an Impulse 49 semi weighted Keyboard. I use Beyerdynamics DT 880 as headphones.
TBA: What are you favorite tools to work with?
MS: I like to work ‘in the box’, so that means I hardly use any hardware. I have loads of software, some of my favourite tools are LFOtool, Nerve, Artsacoustic Reverb and lots of the Fabfilter and Native Instruments stuff.
TBA: Any particular synth you could not live without?
MS: Sylenth1 is just so easy to use, after all these years I still use it a lot!
TBA: The latest plug in you purchased?
MA: Manipulator, It’s amazing what it can do with vocals! It’s how I processed all the vocal bits on ‘The Clock’ actually.
TBA: The presentation of ‘The Clock’ was really insane, with all that teasing and videos, can you share some insights about all the work behind it?
MS: Because we wanted to launch the new logo and brand at the same time it required a lot of work and planning from me and my team. We want to show the world that it’s time for the next chapter. We want to create unique moments and a story that all of you can be a part of too! Our own world where music unites us all.
TBA: Wow, we can’t wait to know more asap!Thanks a lot for taking the time and see you soon!
MS: My pleasure, take care!
Mark Sixma is showing a different side of himself with his new track ‘The Clock’. The fast-paced track will give you enough energy to dance all night!
Faster than a speeding bullet, Mark Sixma’s ‘The Clock’ is about to stake its claim as one of this year’s foremost speaker-busters. Slamming down hard with its devastating bassline and accelerating synths, this cut is meant to defy time itself.
The next evolution of Mark Sixma & Emma Hewitt’s latest outing, the Andrew Rayel & Mark Sixma Remix of ‘Missing’ sees the original turned into a mainstage slammer. Ferociously energetic and immersed in its creators highly-acclaimed signature sounds, this version is sure to thrill fans like no track has done before.
Instantaneous. Addictive. Celebratory. Newly minted label impresario, Andrew Rayel, teams with fellow electronic dance music DJ/producer, Mark Sixma, to remix “Missing” by the latter. Featuring the mesmerizing vocals of dance music vocalist, Emma Hewitt, “Missing” is the contemporary re-work of the 1994 megahit of the same title by the band, Everything But The Girl. Mark Sixma featuring Emma Hewitt’s “Missing” (Andrew Rayel & Mark Sixma Remix) (inHarmony Music) is out today!!
.Characterized by one of the most memorable, timeless toplines in pop music history, “Missing” was the biggest mainstream hit song by the band, Everything But The Girl, peaking at #2 on the Billboard ‘Hot 100’ chart in 1995. The song also earned the band an RIAA Gold certification in the U.S. in 1996 following the release of the song as a single by Atlantic Records. Too young to have fallen in love with the song the first time around, Mark Sixma nevertheless possesses an acute ear for melody. It was only recently that he decided to re-record the song, enlisting friend and noteworthy clubland singer, Emma Hewitt, to reimagine Tracey Thorn’s original vocals. Rising to the occasion and elevating her supreme talents to soaring new heights, Hewitt hit the ball out-of-the-park with her rendition for Mark Sixma’s “Missing.” In a perfect twist of timing and opportunity, Andrew Rayel had just announced the launch of his own imprint, inHarmony Music. It would prove only natural that the Andrew Rayel & Mark Sixma Remix of “Missing” should find a home on Rayel’s shiny new record label. Mark Sixma featuring Emma Hewitt’s “Missing” elicits wild, unadulterated glee when Rayel or Sixma play it out live.
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About Andrew Rayel :
Hailed by Armin van Buuren as “the future of trance music,” Andrew Rayel (real name: Andrei Rata) is a classically trained electronic dance music DJ and producer from Moldova often referred to as the “modern-day Mozart.” As a DJ, Rayel exudes an unbridled enthusiasm for the music he plays and his onstage performances are electric and filled with physical energy. Drenched in a well-earned sweat after every set, Rayel earns his position as a bandleader, stirring up his crowds’ passion as much with his music selection as with his bodily vigor. He has DJ’d the world’s biggest festivals, including: Ultra Music Festival in Miami, TomorrowLand in Belgium and TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, Stereosonic in Australia, Global Gathering in the UK and other countries, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Electric Zoo in New York, Transmission Festival in various countries, Ministry of Sound in the UK, Dreamstate in San Bernardino, Electronic Family in Amsterdam, Zoukout in Singapore and Together Festival in Thailand. Rayel is a regular on the lineup at various ASOT stages around the world. Nightclub residencies have him performing onstage at super-clubs, including: Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas, Marquee and LAVO in New York, Ushuaïa Beach Club in Ibiza, Zouk in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Escape in Amsterdam and Ministry of Sound in London.
About Mark Sixma
The Netherlands’ Mark Sixma is a young electronic dance music DJ and producer with a knack for melody. Hailing from the Dutch town of Breda – birthplace of Tiësto – Sixma has a background in classical piano like his label mate and good friend, Andrew Rayel. Sixma’s earliest releases included “Freak Electrique” and “Techmatic” and he came to embrace the sub-genre of trance with full gusto. Sixma’s release, “Destination 6,” was spotlighted by Armin van Buuren for the latter’s internationally syndicated radio show, A State of Trance (ASOT), as the “Tune of the Week.” From there, the track gained whole-hearted support within the global community of club and festival DJs. Sixma’s “Fade 2 Black” was also selected for an ASOT “Tune of the Week,” and today, Sixma has numerous releases on Armada Music, Black Hole Recordings and now, inHarmony Music.
About inHarmony Music
Launched in September, 2017, inHarmony Music is the record label headed by Andrew Rayel and distributed by Armada Music. As label chief and head of A&R for inHarmony Music, Rayel is the key decision-maker when it comes to signing new artists and music. Fulfilling a lifelong dream while on his never-ending career quest, Rayel is now able to do for new artists what Armin van Buuren did for Rayel years ago. The circle is complete and there will be an abundant supply of lovingly curated new music ahead.
When it’s Friday and you think it just couldn’t go any better than this….here we go with a surprise!!
Mark Sixma joining forces with the beautiful and talented Emma Hewitt and treating us with such an ear candy!! Here at the office we have this fabulous tune on repeat, we dare you not to do the same!!
A brilliant interpretation of the well-known hit song, ‘Missing’ is as enchanting as a song can be. From Mark Sixma’s top-notch production to Emma Hewitt’s haunting vocals, this ‘90s classic turned Trance gem fully deserves its place at the top of your playlist.
Stressing day? We are here to fix it, with this high fix of energy straight from the magical studio of Mark Sixma!
This is something really made to uplift you and put you in the mood to party all the weekend long!
An exciting prospect foretold by many, the latest from Mark Sixma marks that one tune you live for. From the off, this monster cut shows what innate talent and years of hard work culminate in and proves a dream come true for Trance fans the world over. This is the stuff legends are made of. This is ‘Destiny’.
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One of our favorite artist is gracing Armind with his brand new gem “United As One” , a powerful and highly energetic tune that we van easily see one of the summer anthems for all the upcoming parties.
Packing everything from colorful vocals to stunning melodies and big synths, this song has got to be one of the most empowering cuts from the hand of Mark Sixma. Dropped onto Armind, it exudes melodic prowess while inspiring its audience to set their difference aside. Made to have people dance to the music in unison: ‘United As One’.
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Emma Hewitt doesn’t need any introduction, her very recognizable voice and distinctive style, made me fall for her the very first time I heard her singing; after so many big collaborations (Cosmic Gate, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin..to name a few) and the great success of her album Burn the Sky Down, she is now back with another stunning tune in cooperation with Mark Sixma,called “Restless Hearts”.
I am so excited to share this interview with you guys,she’s not only an amazing trance singer and song writer, not only a beautiful woman, but also a wonderful soul, so kind-hearted and down to earth, and I am feeling really blessed she made the time to support my blog!!
J: Hello Emma,
thank you for supporting my blog with this interview 🙂
E: Hey Jess, it’s my pleasure! 🙂 Thanks for chatting with me 🙂
J: I know you started to sing when you were really young, so would you tell me
how did it all start?
E: It was never really a conscious decision, I just always wanted to sing and
be involved with music in some way. I started singing in bands when I was
still in school. As soon as I finished school my brother and I were saving
to record demos and send them to anyone who would listen. Through this
process, and constant writing and learning, we went in and out of different
record and publishing deals, different managers, many moves to different
countries and a lot of trial and error before we came to where we are now,
in electronic music.
J: What is the difference between being in a band and being a trance singer ?
E: The songs are all still written in the same way, on an acoustic guitar or
piano. The main difference for me is the freedom to travel around the
world either alone or with one other person and perform. With a band there
was always 6 of us and a sound guy, so travel and shows actually became
quite expensive. I must say it was a lot of fun having so many other
people to bounce off though. I really enjoy both worlds to be honest.
J: What inspires you the most when you write your lyrics?
E: Always life. The stories of the people around me. My own emotions.
Songwriting is a very therapeutic exercise and for me allows me to express
emotions and nostalgia that I probably wouldn’t otherwise express.
J: What is the most emotional gigs you remember?
E: Most of them actually become emotional in some way. There is often so much
energy from the crowd and I am always trying to give as much energy as I
can back. I think perhaps for me, the first solo sets I did at some of the
big festivals were kind of a milestone for me, as for a while people told
me only djs could do that.
J: Who would you like to work with in the next future ?
E: Anyone who writes a fantastic song and has a great sound…and of course is
a good person too 🙂
J: in your album Burn the sky down (that I adore) there is also a cover from
Placebo, This Picture, can you tell me why did you choose that tune ? (I am
a huge Placebo fan too)
E: Oh you are? Awesome! I am a huge fan of 90’s rock and industrial music.
I grew up with this darker kind of music, so I wanted to give a nod to that
J: What are the ups and downs of your job?
E: The ups of course are probably too many to list. I get to do what is
absolutely my passion, for this I count myself very lucky. Seeing places
all over the world that I would never otherwise have the chance to visit is
a wonderful perk, meeting people and making friends from other countries,
the crowds and energy of the shows…
Perhaps the only downside, which I would never complain about still as I am
grateful to do what I do…but I would have to say it would be missing out
on spending time with family and friends. Also perhaps the instability and
not particularly belonging anywhere. But I am happy to continue being a
traveling gypsy as the goods far out way the negatives!!
J: Any new project on the way?
E: Many! I have quite a few new collaborations lined up and I am also looking
at releasing a solo ep or album early next year. I took some time out from
releasing music for a while to gather fresh inspiration. Now I am fully
inspired and writing like crazy! 🙂
J: How did success affected your life ?
E: I guess it is difficult for any of us to really gauge our own success or
see ourselves as successful. For me I am always looking to the next
project or the next thing I want to achieve. I wouldn’t consider myself
successful until I have achieved all I want to. And I think if I ever
achieve all I want to I will become stagnant…there is so much more I want
to do before I would say I have reached success though.
J: You travel a lot, what are the things you always carry with you?
E: Always my kindle…I read a lot on flights. Black mascara is always a
must…without it I look like I have no eyes…if I stand in front of a
white wall you can’t see me. I always have my TC Helicon voice live vocal
effects so that I can create delays and reverbs for my live vocals,
ultimate ears in ear monitors so I can hear myself onstage…My
laptop…some giant shoes so I can pretend I am taller onstage :):)
J: Do you have a lucky charm?
E: Not a lucky charm so much, but I do travel with a few crystals that fit in
my pockets for good vibes and protection.
J: Are you coming back to Italy any soon?
E: I truly hope so! Italy is one of my favorite places in the world to
visit!! I absolutely LOVE the people…and the food!!!! Fingers crossed I
get to visit soon!
Thanks again Emma, really loved you find the time in your extra busy schedule for this lovely chat, and hope to see you again very soon 🙂
Here you can find her latest masterpiece with Mark Sixma “Restless Hearts”
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