Growing up in South Africa, Howard spent a lot of time hanging out in his missionary Dad's recording studio listening to the sounds of African village choirs being mixed for the radio. That early introduction to the technical side of music sealed his fate. As a teenager back home in Canada, he played in his share of garage bands but knew that he really wanted to be on the other side of the mixing board.
Howard went on to play bass in the 90’s with Canadian indie band Veal, alongside Luke Doucet of Whitehorse, but almost immediately began making his real mark as a producer, engineer, and mixer. Best known for his production and mix work with Tegan and Sara, and The New Pornographers, Howard is also known for helping to shape the sound of artists such as Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, and The Zolas. In 2015 Dear Rouge won SOCAN’s song of the year award for their single I Heard I Had, which was produced by Howard.
While continuing to be a part of Canadian recording projects Howard also works with established acts outside of Canada. His work with La Gusana Ciega of Mexico City led to a 2015 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.
Howard has been at the helm of Grammy nominated records (Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho) as well as Juno award winners (Nathan). He has also had the privilege of contributing significantly to albums that have ranked in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “top albums of the year” - New Pornographers’ Electric Version), New Pornographers’ Twin Cinema, Tegan and Sara’s So Jeaolous