New York native Howie Abrams has been a fixture in the city’s music and entertainment since the early 1980s. His ascension from avid fan, to record label and music publishing executive, to published author, has been well documented throughout his career.
Having held high-level creative positions at companies such as In-Effect Records—which he co-founded in 1988—to Roadrunner Records, Jive Records, Zomba Music Publishing, and Warner Music Group, Howie has discovered and helped guide the careers of numerous highly influential and successful artists. This list includes Agnostic Front, Sick of it All, Madball, Nuclear Assault, 24-7 Spyz, Scatterbrain, Misfits, Type O Negative, Sepultura, Biohazard, Dog Eat Dog, Shelter, Fear Factory, Bowling for Soup, Brand New, Mudvayne, rapper ILL BILL, Lordz of Brooklyn, Killswitch Engage, and many others.
More recently, Howie has added “author” to his list of credentials, having created The Merciless Book of Metal Lists (Abrams Image), Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the Road with the Vans Warped Tour (Vans Warped Tour/Kings Road), Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains (Lesser Gods),and his fourth and fifth efforts, Hip-Hop Alphabet and Hip-Hop Alphabet 2 (Permuted Press).
Howie has been a contributor to Mass Appeal, Noisey, No Echo, Revolver, and Decibel, and co-hosts the long-running, bi-weekly radio show, Merciless with rapper Ill Bill. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.