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Background information
OriginBrighton, England
GenresPop, dance, electronic
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter
Years active1993–present
MembersRichard "Biff" Stannard
Julian Gallagher
Ash Howes

Biffco is 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,[2] Five, and East 17.[3] 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.[4][5]


Richard "Biff" Stannard[edit]

Richard "Biff" Frederick Stannard was born in 1966.[6] 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).[6]

In 2010, he founded the label Major Label with Adam Clough and Paul Smith. Their first signing was English synthpop duo Hurts in 2009.[7][8]

Julian Gallagher[edit]

Ash Howes[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
1997 Ivor Novello Awards[9] Best Selling British Written Single in the UK ("Wannabe") Won
International Hit Of The Year ("Wannabe") Won
Brit Awards Best British Producer Nominated
1998 ASCAP Pop Music Awards[10] Most Performed Songs in the U.S. ("Wannabe") Won
ASCAP London Music Awards[11] Most Performed Songs in the U.S. ("Wannabe") Won
Most Performed Songs in the U.S. ("2 Become 1") Won
Song of the Year ("2 Become 1") Won
Ivor Novello Awards[12] International Hit Of The Year ("Spice Up Your Life") Nominated
1999 ASCAP London Music Awards[13] Most Performed Songs in the U.S. ("2 Become 1") Won
2014 ASCAP London Music Awards[14] Song of the Year ("Lights") Won



  1. ^ Nash, Paul (December 2001). "THE IRISH CONNECTION". SOS Publications Group. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Four New Spice Girls Songs Leaked Online". 11 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Writers, producers, mixers based in Brighton". Biffco. Archived from the original on 20 March 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Ash Howes | Big Life Producer Management". Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Interview: Richard 'Biff' Stannard, the man with the X Factor · PinkNews". 28 April 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Paul Smith". 365 Artists. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Hurts' locker offers emotional rescue | Features | Culture". The Independent. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  9. ^ "The Ivors 1997". Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  10. ^ "1998 ASCAP Pop Music Awards winners". Billboard Magazine. 30 May 1998. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  11. ^ "ASCAP Awards Honor U.K. Acts". Billboard Magazine. 7 November 1998. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  12. ^ "The Ivors 1998". Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Langes Aces PRS Awards". Billboard Magazine. 30 October 1999. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  14. ^ Christman, Ed (9 October 2014). "ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 December 2015.

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