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Background information
Origin Brighton, England
Genres Pop, dance, electro
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter
Years active 1993–present
Members Richard "Biff" Stannard
Julian Gallagher
Ash Howes

Biffco are a music production and songwriting team from Brighton, England, formed by Richard "Biff" Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes.[1] The group have worked with a number of high-profile artists, including Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Atomic Kitten, Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Will Young. They are also largely responsible for the rise of the Spice Girls, Five, and East 17.[2] So far, Biffco have had 41 hit singles, including nine number-ones.[citation needed] Stannard and Howes also worked as music directors and show song producers on The X Factor since 2010.[3][4]


Richard "Biff" Stannard[edit]

Richard "Biff" Frederick Stannard was born in 1966.[5] His breakthrough in the music industry came with English boyband East 17. Stannard met singer and songwriter Tony Mortimer and introduced him to music manager Tom Watkins, who Stannard was dating at the time. Stannard went on to be the executive producer of East 17's debut album, Walthamstow (1992), and produced two songs for the follow-up album, Steam (1994).[5]

In 2010, he founded the label Major Label with Adam Clough and Paul Smith. Their first signing was English synthpop duo Hurts in 2009.[6][7]

Julian Gallagher[edit]

Ash Howes[edit]




  1. ^ Nash, Paul (December 2001). "THE IRISH CONNECTION". SOS Publications Group. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Writers, producers, mixers based in Brighton". Biffco. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ash Howes | Big Life Producer Management". Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  4. ^ Nissim, Mayer (11 October 2010). "'X Factor' Nicolo thanks fans for support". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Interview: Richard 'Biff' Stannard, the man with the X Factor · PinkNews". 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Paul Smith". 365 Artists. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Hurts' locker offers emotional rescue | Features | Culture". The Independent. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Writers, producers, mixers based in Brighton and Dublin". Biffco. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 

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