Joel Little

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Joel Little
Born (1983-02-13) 13 February 1983 (age 31)
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Pop punk, alternative
Occupations Producer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Dryden Street
Associated acts Broods, Goodnight Nurse, Kids of 88, Lorde

Joel Little (born 13 February 1983) is a New Zealand musician, producer and a Silver Scroll and Grammy award winning songwriter.[1][2] He is best known for his work as the lead singer in New Zealand pop punk band Goodnight Nurse, and more recently for his work as a songwriter and producer with New Zealand artists Kids of 88 and Lorde.


Little began his career as singer and guitarist of pop punk band Goodnight Nurse. The band released two studio albums, Always and Never (2006) and Keep Me On Your Side (2008) both of which peaked at number five on the New Zealand top 40 albums chart. Both albums spawned a number of singles and radio hits, and the band had five singles in the New Zealand top-40 from 2004 to 2008.[3]

Along with Goodnight Nurse guitarist Sam McCarthy, Little produced and co-wrote the majority of the debut album by McCarthy's new group, electro pop duo Kids of 88.[4] The album, Sugarpills, was released in 2010 and debuted at number two in the New Zealand album chart.[5] It featured three hit singles, "My House", "Just a Little Bit" and "Downtown", all co-written by Little. "Just a Little Bit" went on to win Single of the Year at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards.[6]

In 2011, Little set up his own production studio, Golden Age, in Morningside, Auckland, where he now does the majority of his production and writing.[7]

In 2012, Little co-wrote and produced, recorded and mixed The Love Club EP by Lorde.[8] Singles "Royals" and "Tennis Court" both charted at number one in New Zealand in 2013,[9] with the EP achieving gold certification in New Zealand and Platinum certification in Australia.[10][11] Little worked on the debut Lorde album, Pure Heroine, which was released worldwide on 30 September 2013.[12]

In early September 2013, Little and cowriter Yelich-O'Connor were shortlisted for "Royals" in the 2013 Silver Scroll Award, which honours outstanding achievement in songwriting of original New Zealand pop music.[13] They went on to win this award,[14] at a ceremony on 16 October.[15][16] He also won a Grammy award on 26 January 2014, alongside Lorde, winning Song of the Year for "Royals".

He produced Auckland-based pop duo Broods' single, "Bridges", and EP, Broods, and will produce their forthcoming album.[17]


With Goodnight Nurse[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Goodnight Nurse.

Production and writing credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with Notes
2010 Kids of 88 Sugarpills "Ribbons of Light" Sam McCarthy -
"Just a Little Bit" Sam McCarthy -
"Everybody Knows" Sam McCarthy -
"My House" Sam McCarthy -
"Apart of You" Sam McCarthy -
"San Fran" Sam McCarthy, Jordan Arts -
"Downtown" Sam McCarthy -
"Feed the Birds" Sam McCarthy -
"SQRL" Sam McCarthy -
Dane Rumble The Experiment "What Are You Waiting For?" Dane Rumble -
2012 Kids of 88 Modern Love "Komodo" Sam McCarthy, Jaden Parkes, Jordan Arts -
"Tucan" Sam McCarthy, Jaden Parkes, Jordan Arts -
"Zion" Sam McCarthy, Jaden Parkes, Jordan Arts -
Timomatic Timomatic "AYO (That's What I Like)" Tim Omaji, Jaden Parkes -
2012 Lorde The Love Club EP "Bravado" Ella Yelich-O'Connor Producer
"Royals" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"Million Dollar Bills" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"The Love Club" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"Biting Down" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
2013 Lorde Pure Heroine "Tennis Court" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"400 Lux" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"Ribs" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"Buzzcut Season" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"Team" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"Glory and Gore" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"Still Sane" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"White Teeth Teens" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
"A World Alone" Ella Yelich-O'Connor
Broods Broods "Never Gonna Change" Caleb Nott, Georgia Nott
"Pretty Thing"
"Sleep Baby Sleep"
"Taking You There"


Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Royals" 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Won[14]
2014 Joel Little, producer; Joel Little, engineer/mixer; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer for "Royals" 56th Annual Grammy Awards - Record of the Year Nominated
Ella Yelich O'Connor and Joel Little, songwriters for "Royals" 56th Annual Grammy Awards - Song of the Year Won [18]


  1. ^ Lorde's Silver Scroll 'a big deal' for co-writer Joel Little. 3 News NZ. 16 October 2013.
  2. ^ Lorde takes out top Silver Scroll. Radio NZ. 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ "GOODNIGHT NURSE IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kids of 88 - Sugarpills". All Music. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "KIDS OF 88 IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "2010 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Golden Age". NZ Musician. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lorde – The Love Club EP". Discogs. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY LORDE". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "12 August 2012". Official NZ Music Charts. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Royals". Aria Charts. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "The 16-year-old is already a chart-topper in her native New Zealand. Is America next?". Billboard. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2013 Finalists Announced". The Corner. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Jenkins, Lydia (16 October 2013). "Lorde's Royals wins APRA Silver Scroll award". NZ Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Lorde's Silver Scroll 'a big deal' for co-writer Joel Little. 3 News NZ. 16 October 2013.
  16. ^ Lorde takes out top Silver Scroll. Radio NZ. 16 October 2013.
  17. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (5 December 2013). "New Zealand's Broods Signs To Capitol In U.S., Preps Debut Album with Lorde's Producer". Billboard. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Grammy nominations 2014: The complete list". LA Times. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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