Darren Allison

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Darren Allison
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Darren Allison is a Producer/Engineer, perhaps, best known for his work with The Divine Comedy, Spiritualized, and more recently, Efterklang and Amatorski. He has worked in a variety of musical genres, from alternative rock,through electronica to acoustic 'world' music and jazz. Additionally, he is a drummer/percussionist, and also plays guitar on some releases.

Darren Allison was trained at Ezee Studios, assisting on Robert Plant sessions and Tina Turner’s ‘Foreign Affair’ album, as well as engineering Propaganda, Jesus Jones and Dave Stewart.

Inspired by the sessions with Dave, he moved to the Eurythmics Church Studio in 1990, and remained there for the following five years. In that time, as well as performing engineering duties with various rock ’n’ roll legends, Darren co-produced The Divine Comedy’s critically acclaimed album ‘Liberation’ on a tiny budget. Their second album ‘Promenade’ was also very well received by the critics and Darren went on to produce their third album ‘Casanova’ which contained the three Top 20 hit singles, ‘Something For The Weekend’, ‘Frog Princess’ & ‘Becoming More Like Alfie’.

He was then invited to work with Jason Pierce, helping out with the production, engineering and mixing of tracks on the acclaimed Spiritualized album,‘Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space..’ In the following year he produced tracks for Babybird and Ben Christophers, and also recorded tracks for Electronic, Skunk Anansie and The Dum Dums.

Darren then went on to produce a hit single for Italian pop diva Elisa, and two albums for one of Portugal’s biggest rock bands, Hands On Approach, as well as mixing tracks for French genius Dominic Dalcan. He worked with flamenco guitar virtuoso Juan Martin on two albums, which included sessions with Jazz giants Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, and then, in contrast, mixed the hard edged ‘10SR’ album from Irish rockers Ten Speed Racer, including their hit single ‘Fifteen’, and bbc radio one favourite, ‘Your Demon Heart’.

Back in the U.K. for a while, he produced tracks for BB Mak and Belle and Sebastian, and, in his newly revamped studio, mixed the beautiful ‘Under The Skylon’ album for english band Candidate. In the same setting, he collaborated with Ireland’s award winning Future Kings Of Spain on songs for their ‘Le Debemos’ e.p.

2007 saw Darren travelling again, this time to Copenhagen, Denmark, to lend an experienced hand to the mighty Efterklang with the mixing of their majestic new album, ‘Parades’ .

Later in that same year, he was reunited with his old friends, producer Paco Trinidad and legendary Spanish diva Luz Casal, for her ‘Vida toxica’ album.The sessions at the Townhouse Studio which included such notables as Pino Palladino, Paul Wix Wixens, and Robbie Macintosh ,with the Millenia strings ensemble, was one of the last major sessions of the famous studio’s life.

In 2011, Darren scored a top 5 hit with Belgium band Amatorski's award-winning debut album, TBC, which was widely critically acclaimed.
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Darren Allison Discography Tracks

Remix

AMY 162 Darren Allison - Sentence Of Love album art Ioni Sentence Of Love (BBG's Sexy Dub) Ioni - Sentence Of Love(12") A&M Records AMY 162 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BLR 45105 6 Darren Allison - The Norton Spirit album art The Blue Cats* The Blue Cats* - The Norton Spirit(10", EP) Bluelight Records BLR 45105 6 Europe 2013 Sell This Version

Vocals

CD SNOG 16 Darren Allison - (Is This The Way To) The World Cup album art Tony Christie Tony Christie - (Is This The Way To) The World Cup(CD, Single) Tug Records CD SNOG 16 UK 2006 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Darren Allison - Ish album art Various Get Me Out Of Here Various - Ish (Comp) Some Bizzare UK 1990 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Girlschool album art Girlschool Girlschool - Girlschool (Album) Communique, Progressive International UK 1992 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Liberation album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Liberation (Album) Setanta Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Ride The Break album art JC-001 & D-Zire* Ride The Break JC-001 & D-Zire* - Ride The Break (Album) Anxious Records, Warner Music UK Ltd. US 1993 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Promenade album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Promenade (Album) Setanta Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Something For The Weekend (A Casanova Companion No. 1) album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Something For The Weekend (A Casanova Companion No. 1) (Single) Setanta Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Becoming More Like Alfie (A Casanova Companion No. 2) album art The Divine Comedy Becoming More Like Alfie The Divine Comedy - Becoming More Like Alfie (A Casanova Companion No. 2) (Single) Setanta Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Casanova album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Casanova (Album) Setanta Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 93827 2 3, 8 93827 2 Darren Allison - Comme Beaucoup De Messieurs album art The Divine Comedy avec Valérie Lemercier The Divine Comedy avec Valérie Lemercier - Comme Beaucoup De Messieurs(CD, Single, Car) Labels, Labels 7243 8 93827 2 3, 8 93827 2 France 1996 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - The Frog Princess (A Casanova Companion No. 3) album art The Divine Comedy The Frog Princess The Divine Comedy - The Frog Princess (A Casanova Companion No. 3) (Single) Setanta Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
VISA 3721 Darren Allison - Birds Of Paradise Farm album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Birds Of Paradise Farm(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Labels, Setanta Records VISA 3721 France 1996 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - A Secret History: The Best Of The Divine Comedy album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - A Secret History: The Best Of The Divine Comedy (Comp, Album) Labels, Labels, Setanta, Setanta Europe 1999 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Le Debemos EP album art Future Kings Of Spain Future Kings Of Spain - Le Debemos EP (EP) The Red Flag Recording Co. UK 2004 Sell This Version
VB 201301 Darren Allison - Birdsongs On The Waste Land album art Equinox, the Peacekeeper Equinox, the Peacekeeper - Birdsongs On The Waste Land(CD, Album) Vadbra Music VB 201301 Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Riding After Midnight album art Clint Bradley Clint Bradley - Riding After Midnight (Album) Bluelight Records Finland 2014 Sell This Version
ol15002 Darren Allison - London album art Daisy Bell Daisy Bell - London(CD, Album) Opa Loka Records ol15002 Germany 2015 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

548 263-2 Darren Allison - Moving Spirits album art Hands On Approach The Endless Road and 1 more… Hands On Approach - Moving Spirits(CD, Album) Universal Music Portugal 548 263-2 Portugal 2000 Sell This Version

Production

none Darren Allison - Angel album art Bat (7) Bat (7) - Angel(7") BAT Records none UK 1990 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Liberation album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Liberation (Album) Setanta Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
CAO 008 Darren Allison - The Divine Comedy album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - The Divine Comedy(7", EP) Setanta Records CAO 008 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Darren Allison - Promenade album art The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Promenade (Album) Setanta Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
HSRC 005 Darren Allison - Money Shot album art Mike TV (3) Mike TV (3) - Money Shot(CD, Single) Hunter S. Records, BMG HSRC 005 Ireland 1994 Sell This Version