Mark Allen has been involved within the local music scene since he was in high school, starting off playing guitar and bass in a variety of punk and metal bands. Acts such as A.D.I. (After Death Incorporated, a metal/death metal), to Satan's Anarchistic Empire (punk/hardcore), to a brief stint in the defunct Deep Woods (80's power metal).
In addition to playing at local all ages events, he was involved with CKDU, Dalhousie University's campus radio station. For over 10 years, spanning from 1993 to 2003, he was a regular On-Air Programmer, and conducted many interviews, with the likes of Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band), Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under), and others.
Going under the handle The Grinder, he hosted a variety of shows that spanned many genres. He was also involved with other shows and programmers, such as Mutants On Parade, Satan's Trampoline, and Overnights with The Electric Gremlin.
In the early 2000's, he moved away from chopping on the guitar, and focused more on turntables and mixing, taking the knowledge from on-air production, and turning that focus into a trance/house vein. Two Technics tables, a Yamaha 2 channel cross fader were his new weapons of choice. Working the lighter aspect of electro, he made a move to Los Angeles in July of 2006, where he got the chance to play at a few clubs, and did receive some minor airplay on an underground station while there.
At this time, EBM/TBM was beginning to hit a major curve, and catching acts such as Combichrist and Suicide Commando, but before they were famous, gave him an insight into this booming genre of music. It was then he started to move things into the digital realm, working more from the pc, and less on physical hardware.
Now, in 2010, he very rarely relies on any physical hardware, except when syncing the laptop with a club's sound system. This complete digital setup is a benefit, as it saves on transportation, cargo, and getting stuff broken on airlines.