Growing up in San Diego, Darin was immersed in the early electronic sounds of Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, and Nine Inch Nails and was first exposed to Acid House in the late 80s. This early exposure through record stores and small clubs in San Diego, combined with an interest in electronic music production led to a move to the Bay Area in 1990 and soon after, a tech support job at Opcode Systems, a pioneering technology company responsible for many advances in the music production realm.
Darin pursued his passion for electronic dance music in the Bay Area and started spinning records in the energetic trance, techno and experimental music clubs and underground parties.
In 1995, Darin Marshall and Graeme LaPaix released The Nocturnal EP as The Robbers of Antiquity, launching Belief Systems as a record label, and along with it, introducing a sound they would continue to refine with a follow up release on Mixman Records titled "Phosphene Dream."
Later, prolific Florida-based DJ and producer Noel Sanger remixed and re-released the original version of "Frequency Puzzle" from the Robbers of Antiquity Nocturnal EP on Washington DC's Music Now Records in 2001 with remixes.
Through the late 90s, Belief Systems Recordings continued to define its unique sound contributing a unique California twist to the minimal techno and IDM genres with the Swivel EP release. This groundbreaking release featured Seth "Sutekh" Horvitz of Context Records, Erin Krasovich and a single by label founder Darin Marshall called "BeatBox." Belief Systems Recordings went on to help launch Warp recording artist Stewart Walker with the 12" pressing of the Jet Fuel and Longing EP on the label.
As a follow up to the Swivel EP, Darin wrote and produced his first official 12" release of an electro cut under the pseudonym Ibid. "Prolix" was included on the Exact Science S.F. Bass Volume 1 Compilation vinyl release.
Continuing to push the electro sound, Darin collaborated with Vic Shukla as DiViD remixing "Abstract Power" by San Francisco's electro stalwarts Cybrid in 2004. The remix was included on the Transistor Abuse EP released that same year.
He co-wrote and co-produced several releases and singles with Jon Williams, founder of the underground techno label Organised Noise under the name User before moving on to produce the digital albums EPROMs, Eponyms, and Epigrams currently available at Magnatune.com
Updated versions of all three previous Magnatune albums featuring remastered productions of all the original cuts and additional bonus tracks for each album were also published on the Magnatune.com
site. All of the re-releases include new artwork featuring Darin Marshall's own photography and artwork designs.
In March of 2010, Gustavo Lanzas' newly created Portland based Nude Photo Music label released the song Monument as a digital only release along with remixes by John Selway, Jon Gillham, and Portland-based DJ and producer Patrick Anthony Frye.
Nude Photo Music also facilitated and promoted a remix contest for the song Monument. The winning remixes from the competition were released on Monument: The Mixes 2012 on March 29th, 2012. Two hundred people registered for the remix competition and two winners were picked from the 28 finalists' submissions.
Monument Remixed was also released on Nude Photo Music on April 11th, 2011 with additional remixes by Audioelectronic, Wesley Dysart, Derek Marin and Ruoho Ruotsi.
Darin continues to tweak his unique musical techniques within the cavernous walls of the Vulcan Foundry Studios, an artist live/work space in East Oakland's Fruitvale district in Northern California.