Joel Little is a Grammy Award winning, Golden Globe nominated, multi-platinum certified songwriter, producer, and musician. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Little is best known for his work helping craft the sleek, minimalist art-pop songs of Lorde, Daniel Johns, Broods, and Jarryd James.
In 2013, Little won the APRA Silver Scroll for his work on Lorde’s game-changing single ‘Royals’. The following year ‘Royals’ saw him nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ and win ‘Song of the Year’ at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. He was also awarded the ‘Outstanding International Achievement Award’ at the Australian APRA Awards, and ‘Most Performed Song’ at the ASCAP Pop Awards. That same year ‘Royals’ spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. In 2015, Little was nominated for ‘Best Original Song’ at the Golden Globe Awards for his work on Lorde’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack song ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’.
Joel learned his craft as a songwriter while singing and playing guitar in top40 charting New Zealand pop punk band Goodnight Nurse during the 2000s. After Goodnight Nurse disbanded, their guitarist Sam McCarthy formed electro-pop duo Kids of 88 with musician Jordan Arts. Joel sat in the producer’s chair and co-wrote their debut album Sugarpills. Sugarpills yielded three hit singles ‘My House’, ‘Downtown’, and ‘Just A Little Bit’; which went on to win single of the year at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards.
In 2011, Joel established Golden Age Studios, in Auckland. There, he co-wrote and produced Lorde’s debut EP The Love Club and album Pure Heroine. Released by Lava/Republic, Pure Heroine went on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide, and won Album of the Year at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards. As Lorde was rising to international prominence, Joel produced sibling duo Broods debut single ‘Bridges’, Self-titled EP, and debut album Evergreen, released by Capitol and Polydor Records. Evergreen won Album of the Year at the 2015 New Zealand Music Awards. Jarryd James multi Platinum single, Do You Remember co-written and produced by Little, also saw him nominated for Song Of The Year, and win Pop Work of The Year at the Australian APRA Awards 2016.
More recently, Joel helmed the production across Broods’ sophomore album Conscious, released late June worldwide. Conscious debuted at #2 in the ARIA charts, and held four weeks at #1 in the NZ charts. The first single ‘Free’ has also gone Gold in Australia and New Zealand.
Now operating out Golden Age Studios in Los Angeles, of late Joel has been working with Tove Lo, Fitz And The Tantrums, Jarryd James, Ellie Goulding, Broods, Sam Smith, Elliphant, and Bebe Rexha. Recording by recording, he continues to put well-honed songwriting and vocal performance first. Through his commitment to the power of tastefully understated production, he’s providing a refreshing alternative to the conventional sounds of mainstream pop, and making his impact felt through radio waves worldwide in the process.