Ash Howes

Producer / Mixer / Writer

Clients include: One Direction, Dido, Ellie Goulding, Kylie, Little Mix, Jack Savoretti, Thomas Rhett

Blessed with an ability to capture mixes which help turn great songs into radio hits, Ash Howes is a rare talent and a proven hitmaker. Internationally regarded for his mix work for One Direction, Dido, The Corrs, Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue and many of The X Factor winners, Howesdiscography reads like a whos who of the British pop music. Also an award winning song writer, Ash has won Ivor Novello and ASCAP awards for his compositions. Over the course of almost two decades, Howes has consistently demonstrated his ability to be a key factor in many of the UKs most pivotal album releases.

Howes began his career in 1988 as an assistant engineer at The Gallery Studios in Surrey. After learning his trade, he was invited by Eurythmics founding member Dave Stewart to join him at North Londons Church Studios where Howes quickly found success mixing hit albums for the likes of Shakespeares Sister, Alishas Attic, and most successfully mixing the multi-million selling Texas album White On Blonde”. The single Say What You Want” was nominated for Best British Single at the 1998 Brit Awards.

This period was followed by a partnership with Rick Nowels, mixing Didos debut album No Angelthat went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide and still holds the record for the fastest selling album by any female artist. Ash was invited to mix the Dido follow-up album Life For Rent,” most notably with the international hit single White Flag”.

During the late 90’s and early 00’s, Howes expanded into the world of production and writing. Credits too numerous to mention, but include global hits for Kylie Minogue, Boyzone, Five, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Natalie Imbruglia, Busted, Blue, Will Young and Annie Lennox. He artfully navigated both the pop world of The Saturdays, Eliza Doolittle, Lemar, James Morrison and Alphabeat and mixing for critically acclaimed artists such as The Bees, The Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy, Devlin and Plan B. Howes also co-wrote, co-produced and mixed Ellie Gouldings Lights” which would later become her Stateside breakthrough when it was released in 2012.

During this era, Howes had a long-standing writing and production creative partnership with Biff Stannard. So renowned was this partnership that they were asked to join The X Factor as musical directors at the height of the programs success. Over the following 7 years, they worked closely with the winners, including producing, writing and mixing number 1 records Matt Cardle, Little Mix, and Susan Boyle. Ash also developed a lasting relationship with One Direction, which saw him mix tracks on all five of the band’s internationally successful, multi-platinum albums.

Ash is also considered to be a leading light in the discipline of radio mixing. A specialist in crafting mixes for Radio 2, he is indisputably the mix engineer with the most playlist records at that BBC station. Too numerous to mention, highlights include Deacon Blue, Emin, Jools Holland, Rebecca Fergusson, Kelis, Imelda May, Lisa Stansfield, Jamie Cullum, Jack Savoretti, Olly Murs, Jonas Blue, Milky Chance, Paul Heaton, Kylie Minogue, Keith Urban, and The Corrs.

Ash continues to prioritize his work as one of the UKs foremost pop writers. Having recently signed his sixth consecutive publishing deal, he continues to write with the freshest names in UK pop. The hits just keep on coming…!

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