Born July 15th, 1962, Sydney, Australia.
Howard Gray grew up in Liverpool, England. During his final year at school his interest in music and sound recording landed him a job as 'Tape Op' at Richard Branson's residential country estate, The Manor Studio. His progression to assistant sound engineer, and then engineer, both at The Manor and Branson's newly completed Townhouse Studio in London's Hammersmith, saw him working with Public Image Limited, Simple Minds, XTC, Heaven 17, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Dub Syndicate, Phil Collins, Japan, UB40, The Armoury Show, Kate Bush, Van Morrison and many more. One of the producers Gray engineered for most frequently was Steve Lillywhite, who encouraged him to go freelance.
In 1983 UB40 asked him to help produce "Labour Of Love", their best-selling album of Reggae covers. Scritti Politti, The Pale Fountains, The Cure, Yazz, Terence Trent D'Arby, The Screaming Blue Messiahs, Danny Wilson (2), Belly, The Wolfgang Press, Kirsty MacColl and Blue Pearl are some of the artists he worked with over the next decade.
Always keen to explore available technology Gray was an early fan of the Sequential Circuits Studio 440, considered by many to be the grandfather of sequencing/sampling/drum and music making machines. With Age Of Chance, in 1987, Gray was one of the first to use the machine to create an entire album.
In 1990, together with his brother Trevor Gray and old school friends Noko and James Gardner, Howard Gray formed Apollo 440, with whom he has released four albums, three UK Top 10 singles, and a further eight Top 40 singles. As in-demand remixers Apollo 440 and their alter ego Stealth Sonic Orchestra have worked their magic over 60 times for artists such as U2, Manic Street Preachers, Deep Forest, Puretone and Ennio Morricone. With Apollo 440, Gray has collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre, Jeff Beck and Tomoyasu Hotei, recorded various film soundtracks, and worked on a number of Sony Playstation games. Apollo 440 will release their fifth album, "The Future's What It Used To Be" in late 2010.
In addition to his role with Apollo 440, the 21st century has seen Gray add more outside production credits to his extensive CV, working with the likes of Art Brut, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Gareth Sager and Drive-By Argument. He has recently completed production of the debut album by Josh Bray, and looks forward to collaborating on his fourth F.A. Cup single for Liverpool F.C.
Howard Gray Discography
- 36 Remix
- 1 Vocals
- 7 Instruments & Performance
- 75 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Featuring & Presenting
- 146 Production
- 134 Technical
|12R 6153||The Armoury Show||The Armoury Show - New York City (12")||Parlophone||12R 6153||UK||1987||Sell This Version|
|LONX 208||Mory Kanté||Tama (The Gold Coast Mix) Mory Kanté - Tama||London Records||LONX 208||UK||1988||Sell This Version|
|RAZURX 8||Dorothy (4)||Dorothy (4) - Still Waiting (The Hard-Core Longing Mix) (12")||Blue Guitar||RAZURX 8||UK||1988||Sell This Version|
|LONX 236||Kate Ceberano||Bedroom Eyes (Extended) and 1 more… Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes (Maxi, Single)||London Records||LONX 236||UK||1989||Sell This Version|
|874 310-7||Yazz||Fine Time Yazz - Fine Time (7", Single)||Fontana||874 310-7||France||1989||Sell This Version|
|614 930||U2||Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Magic Hour Remix) U2 - Mysterious Ways (Single, Maxi)||Island Records||614 930||Germany||1991||Sell This Version|
|VSCDJ 1348||Kirsty MacColl||Walking Down Madison (6 A.M. Ambient Mix) and 2 more… Kirsty MacColl - Walking Down Madison (Maxi, Single)||Charisma||VSCDJ 1348||US||1991||Sell This Version|
|VSTDJ 1354||Kirsty MacColl||My Affair (Olive Groove Mix) and 1 more… Kirsty MacColl - My Affair (Single)||Virgin||VSTDJ 1354||UK||1991||Sell This Version|
|WNR 788||Nitro (5)||Nitro (5) - Who Do You Call? (Single)||Atomic Records (9)||WNR 788||UK||1991||Sell This Version|
|615 091||Genesis||I Can't Dance (Sex Mix) Genesis - I Can't Dance (Single, Maxi)||Virgin, Virgin||615 091||UK||1991||Sell This Version|
|JBV 337||Genesis / Marco Carena||I Can't Dance (Sex Mix) Genesis / Marco Carena - I Can't Dance (Sex Mix) / Questione Di Sfiga (7", Jukebox)||Virgin||JBV 337||Italy||1991||Sell This Version|
|TT015CD||Various||A Girl Like You Various - Independent 20 Volume 15 (CD, Comp)||Beechwood Music||TT015CD||UK||1992||Sell This Version|
|9 40547-2||The Wolfgang Press||A Girl Like You (7 and 2 more… The Wolfgang Press - A Girl Like You / Angel (Single, Maxi)||4AD, 4AD||9 40547-2||US||1992||Sell This Version|
|9 40674-0, 0-40674||The Wolfgang Press||Mama Told Me Not To Come (7 Inch) and 2 more… The Wolfgang Press - Mama Told Me Not To Come (Maxi, Single)||4AD, 4AD||9 40674-0, 0-40674||US||1992||Sell This Version|
|12EMDJ 228||Geoffrey Williams||Geoffrey Williams - It's Not A Love Thing (12", Promo)||EMI||12EMDJ 228||UK||1992||Sell This Version|
|PRO-CD-5798||Various||Birmingham (Howard Gray Remix) Various - Trademark Of Quality (CD, Promo, Smplr)||Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records||PRO-CD-5798||US||1992||Sell This Version|
|31037||Various||I Can't Dance (Sex Mix) Various - De La Dance (CD, Comp)||Virgin||31037||France||1992||Sell This Version|
|BAD 2018||Belly||Gepetto (Remix) Belly - Gepetto E.P. (Remix Disc 2) (EP)||4AD||BAD 2018||UK||1993||Sell This Version|
|USRT 005||XES*||It's Only Your Mind (Howard Gray/Xes Mix) XES* - It's Only Your Mind (12")||Ultrasonic Records||USRT 005||UK||1993||Sell This Version|
|COCY-75469||Belly||Gepetto (Remix) Belly - Baby Silvertooth (CD, Comp)||4AD||COCY-75469||Japan||1993||Sell This Version|
|74321 18701 2, NMERCACD2||Various||Gepetto (Remix) (as Howard Grey) Various - New Musical Express Singles Of The Week 1993 (Comp)||RCA, New Musical Express||74321 18701 2, NMERCACD2||UK||1994||Sell This Version|
|VSCDX 1517||Kirsty MacColl||My Affair (Ladbroke Groove Mix) Kirsty MacColl - Caroline (CD, Single)||Virgin||VSCDX 1517||UK||1995||Sell This Version|
|VSCDT 1558, 7243 8 93044 2 8||Kirsty MacColl||Walking Down Madison (Club Mix) (as Howard Grey) Kirsty MacColl - Days (CD, Maxi)||Virgin, Virgin||VSCDT 1558, 7243 8 93044 2 8||UK||1995||Sell This Version|
|663070 5||Manic Street Preachers||A Design For Life (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Version) and 1 more… Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life (Single)||Epic||663070 5||UK||1996||Sell This Version|
|83410-2||Genesis||I Can't Dance 12 and 1 more… Genesis - Archive #2 1976 - 1992 (3xCD, Comp)||Atlantic||83410-2||USA & Canada||2000||Sell This Version|