Liam Howe

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Liam Howe
Birth name Liam Coverdale Howe
Born 1974 (age 39–40)
Origin Hartlepool, England
Genres Electronica, trip hop, dance, indie pop
Occupation(s) Producer, mixer and programmer
Instruments Synthesizer, guitar,bass, programming, string arrangement
Years active 1991–present
Labels One Little Indian, Tommy Boy
Associated acts Sneaker Pimps, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs

Liam Coverdale Howe (born 1974, Elwick, Hartlepool, United Kingdom) is a London based record producer, musician and songwriter. Since forming 90's cult band Sneaker Pimps in 1996, he has had much success producing the likes of Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Ellie Goulding, and Tom Vek.

Producer and songwriter discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Track(s) Credit(s)
2014 Jam City (Night Slugs) "Unhappy" production
2014 Shivum Sharma All these years EP (National Anthem) "All These Years" production, instrumentation
2014 Shivum Sharma All these years EP (National Anthem) "Taboo Nightlight" production, instrumentation
2014 Shivum Sharma All these years EP (National Anthem) "Surprise" production, instrumentation
2014 Sonia Stein "Symbol EP" writing, production, most instruments
2014 Sonia Stein "Chaos" writing, production, all instruments
2014 Laura Welsh Soft Control (Outsiders / Polydor) "Soft Control" writing, production, all instruments
2014 Sonia Stein "Friendly Ghost" writing, production, most instruments
2014 Sonia Stein "Demented Mind" writing, production
2014 Foxes Glorious (Sony) "Talking to Ghosts" writing, production, all instruments
2014 Foxes Glorious (Sony) "Night Glo" writing, production, all instruments
2014 Foxes Glorious (Sony) "Shaking Heads" writing, production, all instruments
2014 Dan Croll Sweet Disarray (Deram Records) "Thinkin Aboutchu" writing, production
2014 Say Lou Lou Lucid Dreaming (à Deux) "Peppermint" writing, production, all instruments
2014 Hannah Peel Fabric State EP "Fabric State" production
2013 Say Lou Lou Lucid Dreaming (à Deux) "Beloved" writing, production, all instruments
2013 FKA Twigs EP2 (Young Turks) "Papi Pacify" vocal production
2013 FKA Twigs EP2 (Young Turks) "Ultraviolet" vocal production
2013 FKA Twigs EP1 "Ache" writing, production
2013 FKA Twigs EP1 "Breathe" writing, production
2013 FKA Twigs EP1 "Hide" production
2013 FKA Twigs EP1 "Weak Spot" production
2013 VV Brown Samson And Delilah (YOY Records) "Looking for Love" writing, production, all instruments
2013 Fallulah Escapism (Sony Music) "Superfishyality" writing, production, all instruments
2013 Fallulah Escapism (Sony Music) "Graveyard of Love" writing, production, all instruments
2012 IAMX The Unified Field (Pledge) "Quiet The Mind" programming
2012 IAMX The Unified Field (Pledge) "Come Home" programming
2012 IAMX The Unified Field (Pledge) "Animal Impulses" programming
2012 IAMX The Unified Field (Pledge) "Under Atomic Skies" programming
2012 Marina and the Diamonds (679 Atlantic) "Teen Idle" production, all instruments
2012 Marina and the Diamonds (679 Atlantic) "Fear and Loathing" production, all instruments
2012 Marina and the Diamonds (679 Atlantic) "Buy the Stars" production
2012 Marina and the Diamonds (679 Atlantic) "E.V.O.L" writing, production, all instruments
2012 Lana Del Rey Born to Die (Interscope) "Lolita" writing, production
2011 Tom Vek Leisure Seizure (Island) Album production
2011 CocknBullKid Adulthood (Island) Album writing, production, multiple instruments
2011 Ellie Goulding Bright Lights (Polydor) "Little Dreams" production
2011 Sophie Ellis-Bextor Make a Scene (EBGB's) "Under Your Touch" writing, production, all instruments
2011 Sophie Ellis-Bextor Make a Scene (EBGB's) "Dial My Number" writing, production, all instruments
2010 Cathy Davey TheNameless (Hammer Toe Records) Album mixer
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Are You Satisfied" production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Shampain" writing, production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "I am not a Robot" production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Girls" writing, production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Mowgli's Road" writing, production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Obsessions" production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "The Outsiders" production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Hermit the Frog" production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Rootless" writing, production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Numb" production, multiple instruments
2010 Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679 Atlantic) "Seventeen" production, multiple instruments
2008 The Whip (band) X Marks Destination (Southern Fried) "Muzzle #1" production
2008 Adele 19 (XL) "My Same" drum programming
2007 Cathy Davey Tales of Silversleeve (Parlaphone) Album production
2007 Sophie Ellis-Bextor Trip the Light Fantastic (Fascination) "The Distance Between Us" writing, production, all instruments
2006 Grandadbob Garden of Happiness (Southern Fried) Album production
2006 IAMX The Alternative (Independent) "Song of Imaginary Beings" writing
2006 IAMX The Alternative (Independent) "After Every Party I Die" writing
2006 IAMX The Alternative (Independent) "This Will Make You Love Again" writing
2005 Emilíana Torrini Fisherman's Woman (Rough Trade) "Thinking Out Loud" writing
2004 Ultrafox Iceskating (Loser Friendly) Album writing, production, multiple instruments
2002 Sneaker Pimps Bloodsport (Tommy Boy) Album writing, production, multiple instruments
2001 Natalie Imbruglia Y Tu Mamá También "Cold Air" writing, production, multiple instruments
1999 Sneaker Pimps Splinter (One Little Indian) Album writing, production, multiple instruments
1997 Marilyn Manson Spawn Soundtrack (Interscope) "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" production
1997 Sneaker Pimps Becoming X (One Little Indian) Album writing, production, multiple instruments

Musical beginnings[edit]

In 1992, he formed the dance act F.R.I.S.K. with fellow northerner and childhood friend Chris Corner, and released the white label The Soul of Indiscretion EP. The act was subsequently signed to Clean Up Records, a subsidiary of One Little Indian Records.

Whilst studying fine art at Reading University, Howe formed the production company Line of Flight with Corner and other art students Joe Wilson and David Westlake. They released The World as a Cone EP under this title in 1993. Line of Flight produced many of the acts on Clean Up Records, and contributed numerous remixes to the 1990s dance scene.

Sneaker Pimps[edit]

Wanting a bigger audience, Howe and Corner began writing for a more song based project. Ian Pickering, a lifelong friend of Howe's joined the writing team as a lyricist. With an album of material written, singer Kelli Dayton (who had been introduced to Howe and Corner through Derek Birkett of One Little Indian) was invited to sing, and the band Sneaker Pimps was formed. The debut album Becoming X was recorded in Howe's father's house in Elwick; a small village on the outskirts of Hartlepool. Howe and Corner produced the record under the 'Line of Flight' umbrella, with contributions from producers Jim Abbiss and Flood.

Howe also played keyboards with Sneaker Pimps, throughout their worldwide promotion of their three albums to date.

Howe, along with Corner and Pickering, received an ASCAP songwriting award for the Song 6 Underground.

Branching out[edit]

Through the success of Sneaker Pimps, Howe's writing and production skills gained international recognition with hits such as "6 Underground" and "Spin Spin Sugar", which led to collaborations with Marilyn Manson, Placebo, Echo & the Bunnymen, Natalie Imbruglia, Nerina Pallot, and Emilíana Torrini.

Howe and Wilson formed the band Ultrafox in 2001, with the German twins, Claudia and Connie Holzer. Ice Skating was released on User Friendly Records.

Although Howe, Corner and Pickering have written a fourth Sneaker Pimps album, it remains unrecorded. Corner relocated to Berlin with the success of his solo project IAMX, whilst Howe stayed in the UK to further his writing/production career. The pair have recently reunited, with Howe contributing synthesiser and recorder parts to the fifth IAMX album, The Unified Field.

Production and writing with other artists[edit]

Since Sneaker Pimps, Howe has written for, produced and developed a whole host of respected artists including Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds, Tom Vek, Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko, Adele, FKA Twigs, Say Lou Lou and Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile.

In 2008 and 2009, Howe worked extensively on the Marina and the Diamonds debut album The Family Jewels co-writing and/or producing the majority of tracks. The album entered the UK charts on its week of release at No. 5. He also worked with Diamandis on her follow up album, Electra Heart. The album entered the UK charts on its week of release at No. 1.

In 2010 Howe produced CocknBullKid's debut album Adulthood on Island Records, including the co-writes 'Yellow' and 'The Hoarder' with Hannah Robinson, and 'Mexico' with Gonzales. Also in 2010 the track 'Little Dreams' was released on the Ellie Goulding reissue Bright Lights. The song was co-written and produced by Howe.

In the summer of 2010 Howe, along with others, produced Tom Vek's much anticipated second album Leisure Seizure.

In 2011 Howe wrote several songs with Lana Del Rey and other collaborators such as Guy Chambers for her debut album Born to Die. The track Lolita, written with Hannah Robinson features on the record. Also in 2011 Howe contributed to Marina and the Diamonds follow up record, Electra Heart.

2012 saw collaborations with Foxes, Fallulah and old band mate IAMX. Also Howe worked extensively with London Grammar on developing their debut album.

In 2013 Howe Co-produced FKA Twigs first and second EP and is contributing to her forthcoming debut LP. He was also behind tracks from VV Brown and Fallulah, and Dan Croll.

Currently collaborations are anticipated from Jessie Ware, Sampha, Kovacs, Sonia Stein, and Simonne Jones.

Pictures[edit]

Howe's compositions have appeared in many films, most notably The Saint, Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary and Alfonso Cuarón's Y tu mamá también. In 2009, he composed the soundtrack to the Sundance multi award winning film Obselidia, using an orchestra of obsolete instruments. Howe has directed music videos for both Sneaker Pimps, and the electronic act, Motor. As a visual artist, Howe has exhibited installations in galleries such as London's Institute of Contemporary Arts and the CCA Glasgow. Howe is currently working on Diane Bell's follow up feature film Shiva and May set for release 2014.

Solo career[edit]

There is speculation as to the name of the project, however earlier material went under the name 'The Zip'. The record is believed to be a 'producers' record, whereby he has invited collaborators to contribute performances. Collaborations with Alan Vega, Neneh Cherry, and Paul Buchanan are rumoured to exist.

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