Digisaurus is the electronic synthpop/rock moniker of artist and producer, James Allison. Born in London, England, Allison has played music for most of his life, but really began focusing his skills when he opened a recording studio, Electraplay, in Columbus, Ohio. At Electraplay, Allison produced various projects including the Donewaiting.com series, “Live at Electraplay,” with touring acts such as Phantogram, Maps and Atlases, and Ezra Furman. Electraplay quickly built a reputation as a hub for the Columbus music scene to make records, and that gave Allison the opportunity to collaborate with a wealth of talent. He produced and performed with multiple acts in genres ranging from electronicore to soul, and opened for acts like Weezer, Crystal Castles J Roddy Walston & the Business. While reaching various levels of success with other bands, Allison started to get the itch to step out of a complimentary role and start his own project. Digisaurus was born.
With a sound somewhere between the lines of Chromeo, Daft Punk, and Nine Inch Nails, Digisaurus produced his first EP, “No More Room For Love,” with Michael Landolt (Maroon 5, Michael Franti) which included breakthrough single “Without Me” (currently at over 300,000 streams) in 2015.
At A Glance
- Active since 2015
- Single, "Without Me," has over 300K streams in the US
- Singles, "Without Me," "Make a Move," and "I Don't Feel Alright" have been in rotation on CD102.5FM in Columbus, OH, Lightning100 in Nashville, KXTE in Las Vegas, and WRII in Richmond, VA.
- Has shared the stage and bills with Weezer, tune-Yards, Joywave, Japanese Breakfast, Matt & Kim, and Cloud Nothings
- Completed 6 nationwide tours in 2016 & 2017 playing over 400 shows
- Notable press from Pop Matters, Pure Volume, Baeble, Impose Magazine, Daytrotter, Buffa Blog, Gobsmag and Northern Transmissions
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The EP was well received and helped Digi secure spots in lineups at CMJ, CD102.5’s Summerfest and the first of two Daytrotter sessions.
Following a quick start, Digisaurus had to plan the next phase of his musical evolution. He became frustrated by the lack of performance opportunities at home and found the new path to fame for an independent artist in the music industry expensive, unsustainable, and sociopathic. Digi wanted to improve as a performer and found inspiration in the story of the Beatles humble beginnings in Hamburg (in which they played five hour gigs, seven nights a week, for two years). So he closed his studio, bought a van, and hit the road.
Digisaurus has played over 400 shows in the past two years at dives, houses, coffee shops, breweries, wineries...wherever would have him to hone his skills as a performer. His progress has been reciprocated in 2018 with club gigs and festival appearances alongside acts like tuneYards, Parquet Courts, Joywave, and Japanese Breakfast. While touring, Digisaurus continues to release new content through a monthly single series, a weekly blog, and a podcast. Watching Digisaurus develop his craft through dedication and fearless commitment to expressing himself artistically is a lesson in letting it all go to follow your true passion.
"Digisaurus would like to welcome you to the future. Conceived by multi-instrumentalist James Allison, the Columbus-based "future-pop" project is gearing up to release it’s debut EP, No More Room For Love, and if their latest single is any indication, we're in for a real treat. Today we're excited to premiere "Without Me," a track that hits you hard with romping bass and crunching electronics from the get-go (think Big Data). Once Allison's smooth, baritone vocals kick in it's hard not to try to sing along, even upon first listen." - Pure Volume
“With juicy bass and dazzling stage effects, Digisaurus, a self-described "futurepop" band, teleports audiences into a new universe of nightlife.” - Victoria Advocate
"For a split-second, you can hear vocal elements from Allison that almost mirror the pace and delivery of RHCP. Outside of that, “I Don’t Feel Alright” is a fairly light and accessible track that lives up to the genre. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the song finding traction following its release.The talent that Digisaurus brought in for the production and editing is rather clear — it all comes off as very clean and well-made...Digisaurus gets a lot of things right with the music video, making it worth the watch and listen." - Impose Magazine
"Featuring wicked falsetto singing reminiscent of Jimmy Somerville and a fun take on disco and funk similar to the Scissor Sisters, the Columbus, Ohio project, Digisaurus, combine elements both new and old to create a sound that’s both classic and contemporary." - Pop Matters
"L.A.’s Digisaurus is not your average electropop project. The handiwork of James Allison, Digisaurus combines years of production and performance experience with electrifying vitality and neon hues. Allison’s storied career boasts tours with Weezer and recording sessions with Phantogram, among a host of others, attesting to his musical mastery. Since his 2015 outset, Digisaurus has garnered a reputation for hard-hitting singles, and his latest, “A Simple Way,” is certainly no exception. The track is part of his monthly single release series, and highlights zippy synth lines, meandering guitar strains, and unwavering falsetto. The song’s production is as experimental as it is ever-evolving, making for an engaging listening experience from start to end." - Buffablog
2018 Summer Tour Dates
8/9 • Cottage Grove, OR • Axe & Fiddle
8/10 • Brookings, OR • Oxenfre Public House
8/11 • Hood River, OR • Trillium Cafe
8/16 • Seattle, WA • LoFi
8/17 • Arlington, WA • Mirkwoodshire Cafe
8/18 • Spokane, WA • The Observatory
8/19 • Moscow, ID • John’s Alley
8/21 • Boise, ID • Neurolux
8/23-8/25 • Rapid City, SD • 445 Lounge
8/30 • Alamosa, CO • Square Peg Brewerks
8/31 • Lubbock, TX • Local Bar
9/1 • Lubbock, TX • BarPM
9/3 • Flagstaff, AZ • State Bar
6/21 • Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s
6/22 • Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern
6/23 • Columbus, OH • Spacebar (CD102.5 Presents)
6/28 • Muncie, IN • Be Here Now
6/29 • Topeka, KS • Boobie Trap Bar
6/30 • Wichita, KS • Pumphouse
7/1 • Denver, CO • Your Mom’s House
7/6 • Salt Lake City, UT • Piper Down
7/7 • Ogden, UT • Funk N’ Dive
7/27 • Los Angeles, CA • Silverlake Lounge
8/2 • San Francisco, CA • Neck of the Woods
8/3 • Crescent City, CA • Port O’ Pints
8/4 • Salem, OR • Victory Club