Oct. 25 2016 05:31 PM

The latest act of a Renaissance man

Photo courtesy of Eric Howarth

Eric Howarth started his M-Theory record label in San Francisco after taking a self-imposed hiatus from band life. Following a tech job to San Diego, he re-appropriated his label's name and opened the Mission Hills (previously in South Park) record shop that's still slinging LPs today. For eight years, Howarth manned the helm of the local music retailer, and to this day is "really proud of the fact that it's continued to crank along."

His second act had multiple story lines—producing live shows at FLUXX, playing music with locals Caution Children, managing bands like Black Heart Procession and getting back into the label game.

With Hi-Speed Soul, Howarth oversaw re-issues from bands such as Nada Surf, The Afghan Whigs, Swervedriver and Three Mile Pilot, while also cranking out new releases from Film School, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds and others.

He spent a year in Los Angeles running the label, but returned after the relentless grind of the DIY project became too much. In L.A., the seed was planted for the Renaissance man's third act—film and television.

While also running the popular Vinyl Junkies Record Swap, Howarth and longtime friend Grant Reinero (along with a host of other San Diego musicians) moved into filmmaking. With a pair of short films under their belt, Howarth and the team are currently working on the Ben Johnson-penned full-length feature, Fanboy.

Howarth is also currently working on the second Records Collecting Dust film with Jason Blackmore and is excited about a sizzle reel he just cut for a new TV show in the works.


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