Working as A&R at influential UK independent FatCat Records since the very start of the label back in 1997, Dave Howell has been responsible for signing and developing a large number of artists including the likes of Animal Collective, Vashti Bunyan, Nina Nastasia, and U.S. Girls, as well as founding and running 3 imprint labels - 130701, Splinter Series and the legendary, long-running Split Series.
In recent years, Howell has concentrated his efforts almost exclusively on the 130701 imprint. Set up in 2001, the trailblazing imprint was releasing the work of adventurous contemporary pianists / composers at a time before there was any apparent scene or market for such music, and was described by The Vinyl Factory as having "played a peerless role in redefining the modern classical scene." 130701 has been a home to artists such as Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Hauschka, Dustin O'Halloran and Set Fire to Flames. A new crop of artists, including Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Ian William Craig, Resina, Shida Shahabi and Maarja Nuut & Ruum have injected fresh blood and further expanded the scope of the label.
Howell is currently based in Portishead and has recently released work as a sound artist for the Heritage Lottery-funded project, A Forgotten Landscape - publishing a series of soundscapes based around his own field recordings and oral history recordings captured in the Lower Severn Vale area.