Howard Bernstein, professionally known as Howie B, is a Scottish musician and producer, who has worked with artists including: Björk, U2, Robbie Robertson, Elisa, Tricky, Mukul Deora and The Gift.
After a period spent in Israel and the USA, he moved to a squat in London with a desire to work in the music industry, and after establishing himself as a DJ, eventually found a job working as a teaboy at Lillie Yard studios. He worked his way up there between 1984 and 1986, from teaboy to tape operator to assistant engineer to engineer.
He has worked with Björk on several projects, engineering her third studio album Post and co-writing “I Miss You”, and co-produced, engineered and mixed U2’s electronically focused ninth studio album Pop in 1997 alongside producer Flood after having worked on their 1995 album Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 alongside Brian Eno.
Other notable credits include producing Tricky’s “Ponderosa”, performing ‘noises’ on Marlene Kuntz’s “Ricoveri Virtuali E Sexy Solitudini”, producing two albums (Reale and collaborative album Not in the Face) for Italian funk rock group Casino Royale, producing and co-writing Take Your Partner by the Hand with Robbie Robertson for his own album Turn the Dark Off, producing Sly and Robbie’s album Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone, producing a solo project for U2’s The Edge and producing for Hal Wilner.
He has been releasing music under his own name since the early 1990s, as well as under other various monikers and as part of groups including ambient/electronica Skylab.
A new album, Down with the Dawn, was announced in late 2013 and released on 9 April 2014.
He produced a remix of the cover version of Theme from Mission: Impossible for the 1996 feature-film remake, called Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished) performed by U2 members Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr., which peaked at No. 7 in both the UK and US charts and sold over 500,000 copies.
He has produced, co-produced, composed and written a number of scores and soundtracks for full-length feature and short films alike.
His label, Pussyfoot Records, ran from 1994 to 2002 and released over 20 albums and compilations and around 50 singles.
He set up HB Records in 2013 to release new album Down with the Dawn.