Darren Allison

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Darren Allison
BornMay 1968 (age 54)
Ashington, Northumberland, England
Origin Stakeford, Northumberland, England
Genres Pop, rock, indie, post-rock, jazz, avant-garde, baroque pop, world, folk
Occupation(s)Record producer, musician, audio engineer
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion, guitar
Years active1987–present
Website darrenallison.co.uk

Darren Allison (born May 1968, Ashington, Northumberland, England) is an English record producer, musician, and audio engineer, best known for his production work with artists such as Spiritualized, [1] The Divine Comedy, [2] and, more recently, Efterklang, Belle & Sebastian and Amatorski. [3] [4] [5]



The Firehouse Studio

At the age of 17, Allison moved to London, and began working at "The Firehouse Studio" in Kentish Town, which was managed by John Cale's guitarist, Dave Young (1949-2022). Under Young's guidance, he started to develop his craft, assisting on sessions with such artists as Slim Gaillard, Ali Farka Touré, Carmel and The Pogues [6]

The Church Studios

Following a series of sessions with Dave Stewart at Ezee studios, in 1990 Allison joined Eurythmics' The Church Studios as an in-house engineer. He remained there for five years, working on albums with indie bands such as My Bloody Valentine [7] and Curve, and on Stewart's own sessions with such rock musicians as Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Bootsy Collins, and occasional visitor Bob Dylan. [6]


In 1995, Allison left The Church Studios, to concentrate on the production of Neil Hannon's third album under the moniker of The Divine Comedy. The album, entitled Casanova , was released in 1996 and spawned three top 20 hit singles. He was then invited to work with Spiritualized, on their album, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space . [1]

Selected discography

(includes singles "Right Here, Right Now" and "International Bright Young Thing")
(includes "Still Feel the Rain" Single)
(includes "Heart of Stone" Single)
(includes "Entre Mis Recuerdos" Single)
(includes singles "Something for the Weekend", "Becoming More Like Alfie", and "Frog Princess")
(includes Electricity Single)
(includes "Steamin'" Single, and "Lolita" EP)
(includes "Late at Night" Single)
(includes singles "My Wonder Moon", "Silent Speech" and "Tao Perto Tao Longe")
(includes "Get Down" Single)
(includes "The Endless Road" Single)
(includes singles "Your Demon Heart" and "Fifteen")
(includes singles "Mountain Snow" and "Another One Down")
(includes singles "Se Feliz", "Soy")
(includes "Soldier" Single)

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