Jeph Michael Howard started playing bass when his childhood friend Korby Connell started playing guitar. Jeph figured that if Korby played guitar, he must pick up bass. Prior to Bert joining The Used, Jeph was the singer, but he prefers to play bass.
Howard is an only child, and in one time in his life, was a boyscout. Before The Used became signed to Reprise Records, he worked as a cook and baker. At the start of the band, Howard had dreadlocks that producer, John Feldmann, liked to say looked almost like “poo”. He currently owns a long haired dachshund – also known as a “weiner” dog. Her name is Zelda after one of his favorite Nintendo video games, “The Legend of Zelda”.
Howard says he listens to all kinds of music – he likes everything from “noise and super screamy metal to hip hop.” He believes that this is partly because his father would play records for him growing up. Howard also says he enjoys Japan/Japanese culture and horror films. He says he drinks six to eight cups of green tea daily as that is his favorite kind of tea. Howard is a vegetarian and appreciates PETA and is featured on their “Save #99” DVD.