Mark Allen

Like many involved with the psychedelic trance scene Allen was switched on to the sound while in Goa in 1991. On returning to the UK he trained as a solicitor and began to DJ as part of the legendary…
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Like many involved with the psychedelic trance scene Allen was switched on to the sound while in Goa in 1991. On returning to the UK he trained as a solicitor and began to DJ as part of the legendary Pagan sound system, which also featured the DJs Yazz, Chrisbo and Loll and whose parties graduated from a squat in Brixton to Linford Studios. Following another trip to India in the early 90s, Allen decided to pursue a career in music and, with Phil Ross and Janice Duncan, began Return To The Source at the Rocket in London. It has since become the most successful trance club in the UK, often featuring Tsuyoshi Suzuki. (During the mid- to late 90s, Return To The Source put on events throughout Europe and further afield, including New York, Sydney and Mount Fuji in Japan. In October 1997, Return To The Source helped to organize Earthdance, which featured such artists as Banco De Gaia, Hallucinogen, Medicine Drum and System 7, and was part of a global event organized to raise money in support of the Tibetan issue.) In 1995, Allen began to record with Chrisbo, Simon Maine and John Ford as Minefield. While working at Return To The Source, Allen met Tim Healey (DJ Squid) and in 1996 the pair formed Quirk. Their album Machina Electrica & Fornax Chemica was released on Matsuri Productions in 1998 to an enthusiastic response. Allen has also collaborated on various projects with the Green Nuns Of The Revolution, Andy Guthrie and Nick Taylor (Snake Thing) and compiled a number of mix CDs, including the first Deck Wizards album (Psychic Deli 1995) and Return To The Source’s Shamanic Trance Vol. 2 (Positiva 1998). He has continued to co-promote and DJ at Return To The Source around the world.