Trance music DJ/Producer Mark Sixma, aka M6, was born in Breda, Netherlands in 1983 and studied classical piano as a child. The name Breda derived from the convergence of two rivers, the Mark and the Aa. Breda as a result of its location, made it strategically important to the Holy Roman Empire, both politically and militarily. It is known for its stunning medieval castles and the Gothic cathedral, Church of Our Lady. It is also known for being the home of some of the top DJ/Producers on the planet, including,
Mark recently gave an interview to EDMIDENTITY where he described his music as,
“I’ve always enjoyed multiple genres of music, electronic and otherwise. For instance, I listen to classical music quite a bit and that definitely inspired some of the more anthemic tracks I produced. For me combining different (sub)-genres in one track is always a creative challenge which I enjoy a lot! For instance, ‘Requiem’ combines a classical choir with EDM elements and trance music.”
Mark began his DJ career at 13 and in 2007 released ‘Destination 6,’ which became Tune of The Week on A State of Trance episode 322. Mark signed with Armada Music shortly after. In 2008, Mark released ‘Fade 2 Black,’ and it also became Tune of The Week on ASOT episode 353. These two tracks secured Mark’s place in the world of trance music.
In 2008, 2009, and 2010 Armin van Buuren chose three of Mark’s tracks released under the alias M6. They are respectively,
- Amazon Dawn
- Paradise Lost
- Days of Wonder
In 2010 Armin van Buuren released his fourth album, Mirage. Mirage reached number 5 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Armin collaborated with Ferry Corsten on the track, ‘Minack,’ and allowed Mark to remix it in 2011.
Mark continued his success with releases on labels such as,
- A State of Trance
- Who’s Afraid of 138
- Blackhole Recordings
- Mainstage Music
- Spinnin Compilations
- Metanoia Music
Mark has toured the globe with the biggest names in trance,
- Armin van Buuren
- Ferry Corsten
- Gareth Emery
- Judge Jules
- Markus Schulz
- Paul van Dyk
- Sander van Doorn
Mark has performed at several festivals including,
- A State of Trance 550 & 650
- Nature One (two times)
- Electronic Family
- Escapade Music Festival
- Ultra Music Festival Miami
In 2013, Mark released ‘Requiem,’ which became the most played trance track of the year. His three releases, ‘Character,’ ‘Refused,’ and ‘The Saga’ scored in six of Beatport’s Top 10 records. The other three were remixes of Orjan Nilsen’s ‘Mafioso,’ Cosmic Gate’s ‘Crushed,’ and Jorn van Deynhoven’s ‘New Horizon.’
Mark held the Beatport number one spot in 2014 for his remix of ‘Adagio For Strings.’ He lost his number one spot to himself, an uncommon accomplishment for sure, for ‘Falling Back,” which supplanted ‘Adagio For Strings.’
In 2015, Mark toured North America for the first time. He collaborated with Armin van Buuren for ‘Panta Rhei,’ which appeared to solidify his position in the trance music elite.
There are many reasons why Mark Sixma has continued success, but I’ll point out only two. First, he loves the journey of producing music. Second, he maintains an intimate relationship with his fans via social media.
His latest collaboration is with Emma Hewitt for ‘Missing’ by Everything But The Girl first released in 1994.
Mark Sixma and Emma Hewitt
Chus & Ceballos were always well aware of the underground house music scene in Spain and Portugal. This sound of the Iberian Peninsula, which includes not only Spain and Portugal but also Andorra and the British Crown colony of Gibraltar, became the foundation of their hallmark, Iberican Sound.
“It’s a very groovy sound, very rhythmic and percussive, that is always looking at the dancefloor. It has an electronic touch, but with soul, sometimes a bit housey, sometimes harder, but never cold. It’s hot, ‘Caliente’! This is the ‘Stereo Sound’, our sound”
Chus & Ceballos gave this quote to Resident Advisor in 2005. The Madrid duo of Jose Lopez Esteban (DJ Chus) and J. Pablo Ceballos formed over ten years ago with the distinct purpose of bringing their “Stereo Sound” to the worldwide masses. Since no man is an island, (but some are peninsulas), they knew however they could not accomplish this alone.
They formed an artist collective of world class talented dj-producers who also shared the duo’s vision for their iconic Iberican Sound and formed Stereo Productions Group. It has become the finest Spanish electronic music label in Spain, and arguably produce the hottest sound on the planet. It includes the sub-labels: Stereo, Stereo Cool, Iberican Encodings, Almibar, and Solar Music.
The Stereo Productions roster include Oscar L, Oscar de Rivera, Rafa Barrios, Patrick M, and Pakito Baeza. Not only has Chus & Ceballos collaborated with their fellow Spaniards, they have worked with other like-minded artists from all over the globe.
One of our favorite tracks is the deep house, “Abisinia,” featuring GIGI, from their debut album, Nomadas, out on Stereo Productions. The ancient female atmospheric vocals of GIGI take hold of you from the beginning and bring you deep inside the production minds of Chus & Ceballos. The sub heavy, mid to low pumping bassline adds that perfect Iberican groove that only Chus & Ceballos can render. The mesmerizing synths pulsating to the four on the floor flow ensnare the senses and entangle the mind, trapping the dance music enthusiasts in the middle of the dance floor.
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ABISINIA feat. GIGI
(EJIGAYEHU SHIBABAW, LEONARDO GONNELLI, CHUS L. ESTEBAN, J. PABLO CEBALLOS)
DJ Patrick M | Stereo Productions-CR2-Nervous-Nirvana-Toolroom-Xima Records
With his unique , deep-funky house music style, Patrick M was part of a select group of DJs that helped pave the way for house music in Argentina.
In 2003, Patrick arrived at was to become his home away from home: Miami Beach. Ready to conquer the international market, Miami’s dynamic club scene ensured Patrick’s success. He joined forces with Chopin Hagen, a Buenos Aires based music store, and helped introduce the Grooveman Music concept to the world. The store quickly gained prominence and became the leading dance and dirty house music supplier for South Florida. His numerous collaborations and original beats helped brand him as part of the “Miami Sound” by many Miami resident DJs and producers, including Oscar G, Robbie Rivera and Ralph Falcon.
DJ Roberto Patroni |
DJ Roberto Patroni has been mixing for several years and has goals he wants to accomplish and with everyday he gets closer and closer. He is dedicated to making you guys happy thru his music. Music is the answer to all your problems!
Miami and Fort Lauderdale house music dj, Roberto Patroni, headlines “Digital Fridays” at Off The Hookah Fort Lauderdale. Join us for a night of house music on Friday, November 22nd, 2013. This party starts at 10pm and may or may not end at 4am!
DJ Roberto Patroni built a solid reputation as a dance floor assassin. He honed his skills spinning in smaller venues and was eventually invited to open for some of the biggest names in EDM. He has spun alongside such artists as Nicky Romero, Dyro, Hardwell, Tony Romera, Nervo, David Guetta, Manufactured Superstars, Luciano, Kenneth Thomas, Plastik Funk, Deniz Koyu, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Sidney Samson, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, LA Riots, ALex Kenji, and Ken Loi. His most recent milestone … Ultra Music Festival 2013!
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VIP reservations, FTL@offthehookah.com
Mention “Prime” at the door for discounted admission.
Must be 21+ with valid photo identification to enter.
You can hear it in his music: The countless nights of dance floor devastation, the appreciation for the heritage of dance music, the aggressive desire to innovate and do something new. Listen to “Foul Beats,” one of Boris’s first tracks for revered techno label SCI+TECH, and it’s all right there.
There are overnight sensations, and then there’s Boris. Baptized in the booths of New York City, the Russian native learned the craft of DJ-ing in front of the most demanding crowds in the world, developing a deep sense of what moves a packed floor in a moment, an hour, or a full night-to-morning extended session. From TKYEAR to today, he’s been a resident at every major New York nightclub (including Pacha, Crobar, and Roxy), and received award nominations for his service (Club World Awards, America’s Best DJ), not to mention the adoration of dedicated fans: His “BELIEVE” brand is based on their faith in him. He’s also released several compilations on local label Nervous; timeless capsules of the sounds of the city. (He’s set to release a new album on Nervous this March.)
But New York is just the beginning of the story. Boris is a resident at Space (Miami), a regular at BPM Festival (Mexico) and Wet Republic (Las Vegas), and has brought his particular set of skills to Japan, Korea, and Ibiza. His annual pool party Get Wet is a staple of Miami Music Week.
Now, Boris is parlaying all that international intelligence into new productions that represent a fresh musical direction. New Generation, his aptly named debut EP on SCI+TECH (the venerable underground label of legendary artist Dubfire), is deep techno with an energetic BPM: One cut of undeniable funk (“Generate”) and one of undeniable filth (“Foul Beats”), each meant to take the night to the next level. It follows up “Give Yourself” on Roger Sanchez’s Stealth, an electro-house nugget with a walloping kick drum and epic double breakdown. These are the first in a stream of new work melding harder tech sounds with dance floor dynamics.
Prime Entertainment Ventures in association with Pryda Friends present, Fehrplay and Jeremy Olander as part of the Pryda Friends Fall 2013 North American Tour at Off The Hookah Fort Lauderdale, FL on Friday, November 1st, 2013. Doors open promptly at 10:00pm. Jeremy Olander and Fehrplay will perform from midnight to 4am.
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Jeremy Olander | Pryda Friends
There is a reason why Eric Prydz, one of the world’s most highly regarded and respected DJ and producer in dance music history, signed Olander to a three-release deal with his coveted Pryda Friends label, and later asked him to accompany him on tour. From the first demo, Prydz knew there was something special about the Stockholm native. For years, he’d been on the receiving end of music from hopefuls, but Jeremy was to become the first to truly make an impression on the selective Swede.
Fehrplay | Pryda Friends
Jonas von der Fehr has had a whirlwind 2012; a year which has put him on the map as a producer & DJ star of years to come. Since bursting onto the scene in 2009 with club bomb ’Meow’ on Ministry of Sound, Fehrplay’s sounds has matured with a new sophisticated funk ever present, but whilst still maintaining his trademark, epic cinematic film score-esque breakdowns.
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