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Steve Betts

Programme Leader Music Performance & Production

Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)

  • USS 3.25, Stratford Campus
    University of East London
    University Square Stratford
    1 Salway Road
    E15 1NF

    Steve Betts studied music at the West London Institute of Higher Education (now a part of Brunel University) and The London College of Music.

    In the late 70s he became involved in the New Wave music scene and formed art house band The Books, signing deals with Logo records and Virgin Publishing. With the band he wrote and recorded an album and three singles with Bowie engineer and Duran Duran producer Colin Thurston. The band also toured the UK with The Skids in support of the album’s release.

    In the mid 1980s he signed to Warner Chappell Publishing, Abstract and EG records with his band Howard Hughes and The Western Approaches. They released four singles and toured the UK and Europe performing at Glastonbury, Pink Pop and Ciney festivals.

    Over the next two decades, using the stage name Howard Hughes, he worked as a session player, producer and songwriter. He recorded and performed with, among others, groundbreaking Scottish band The Associates, Industrial group SPK, Eurythmics and Goth icon Peter Murphy. He toured Europe the USA and Japan and worked on studio production projects with American, French and English bands, as well as composing Music for Theatre, Film and Television. At the beginning of the 2000s, he branched out into teaching, becoming Head of Music, Media and Art at Lewisham and Southwark College before joining UEL as Programme Leader for Music Performance and Production in 2014.

    Steve Betts releases all his work on line at

    He is currently researching and recording a new album for release in late 2016.



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