Howard Gray

Howard Gray

Real Name:
Howard James Gray
Profile:
Music Producer and founder member of Apollo 440.
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.
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Howard Gray Discography

Remix

12R 6153 The Armoury Show The Armoury Show - New York City(12") Parlophone 12R 6153 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Mory Kanté Tama (The Gold Coast Mix) Mory Kanté - Tama London Records 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
Kate Ceberano Bedroom Eyes (Extended) and 1 more… Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes (Maxi, Single) London Records 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
U2 Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Magic Hour Remix) U2 - Mysterious Ways (Single, Maxi) Island Records Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Kirsty MacColl Walking Down Madison (6 A.M. Ambient Mix) and 2 more… Kirsty MacColl - Walking Down Madison (Maxi, Single) Charisma US 1991 Sell This Version
Kirsty MacColl My Affair (Olive Groove Mix) and 1 more… Kirsty MacColl - My Affair (Single) Virgin UK 1991 Sell This Version
Nitro (5) Nitro (5) - Who Do You Call? (Single) Atomic Records (9) UK 1991 Sell This Version
Genesis I Can't Dance (Sex Mix) Genesis - I Can't Dance (Single, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin 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
The Wolfgang Press A Girl Like You (7 and 2 more… The Wolfgang Press - A Girl Like You / Angel (Single, Maxi) 4AD, 4AD US 1992 Sell This Version
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 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
Belly Gepetto (Remix) Belly - Gepetto E.P. (Remix Disc 2) (EP) 4AD 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
Various Gepetto (Remix) (as Howard Grey) Various - New Musical Express Singles Of The Week 1993 (Comp) RCA, New Musical Express 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
Manic Street Preachers A Design For Life (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Version) and 1 more… Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life (Single) Epic 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