April 17, 2021

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Digit, the socially conscious audio production and entertainment start-up, expands team to fuel the next phase of growth

Renowned producer Jason Dasent, emerging musician Jess Fisher and marketing expert Sarah Joseph-Dasent join the team

Today marks the next phase of growth for Digit, the socially conscious audio production and entertainment start-up founded in 2019, with the expansion of its core team. Joining the company’s founders Si Tew and Owain Wilson are globally renowned product developer and music producer, Jason Dasent; Jess Fisher, a musician and performing artist, and Sarah Joseph-Dasent, a marketing and design expert.

With a focus on using technology to remove barriers faced by disabled people in the arts, Digit develops affordable, high-quality inclusive and accessible technologies, equipment and services that integrate with industry-standard software to enable more people to create and share music. For example, Jason – working with Sarah – will continue to develop software overlays that bring accessibility to the music production hardware and software that he utilises in studio and in his online classes.

Commenting on the growth of the team, Owain Wilson, co-founder, says, “Our talent development approach is anchored in inclusion and – in addition to our most recent hires – we will continue to focus on attracting and nurturing talent from under-represented groups as we grow. With our deep expertise in music creation, production and performance coupled with lived experience of disability, the addition of Jason and Jess to our team puts us in an even greater position to help more clients within the creative industries and beyond develop their inclusion and accessibility credentials to reach new markets and engage new audiences.”

As well as producing high-quality music and content for the global advertising, TV, film and video games industries and publishing a wide selection of royalty-free samples, Digit develops assistive technologies such as the award-winning compact, accessible controller – Control One – which enables people to make music using one hand. Similar in design to a wheelchair joystick, Control One is currently being piloted with musicians and music producers ahead of commercial launch in 2021.

Jess Fisher, a member of the Able Orchestra was the first artist to use Digit’s Control One for solo performances, including for BBC Introducing. She joins Digit as the company’s first Young Creative Entrepreneur apprentice. Jess says, “It gives me great pleasure to be joining Digit as an apprentice. I will be developing my skills and knowledge to better myself as a musician. It’s also important to me that I continue to advise and be a positive influence to disabled young musicians to help them share their passion.”

Talking about Digit’s future plans, Si Tew, founder, says, “Creativity is fundamental to every society and should be accessible to everybody, but sadly there are many barriers that prevent creative choice, particularly for those who live with a disability or impairment. At Digit, our goal is to help to remove the barriers that exist today to creativity, employment and freedom of choice. As well as our work in audio, we believe that some of the technologies we have invented could fulfil other unmet needs for the lives of people with disabilities or limited mobility, and we are actively exploring areas where we can make a difference beyond music.”

Digit is currently a Disability Confident ‘Committed’ Employer and aims to receive Disability Confident ‘Employer’* soon.

*GOV Disability Confident Employer Scheme