Joel Little

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Joel Little
Born (1983-02-13) 13 February 1983 (age 34)
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 2003–present
Labels Dryden Street
Associated acts
Website goldenagestudio.tumblr.com

Joel Little (born 13 February 1983) is a New Zealand record producer, songwriter, musician and a Silver Scroll and Grammy Award-winning songwriter.[1][2] He is best known for his work as a songwriter and producer with artists Lorde, Broods, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Elliphant, Daniel Johns, Jarryd James, Kids of 88, and Priory.

Career[edit]

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.[7]

In 2012, Little co-wrote and produced, recorded and mixed The Love Club EP by Lorde at Golden Age.[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 also co-wrote, produced, mixed, engineered and played the instruments on the debut Lorde album, Pure Heroine, which was released worldwide on 30 September 2013.[12]

In early September 2013, Little and cowriter Lorde 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.[1][2] 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 produced their 2014 album, Evergreen[15]

Little is currently based in Los Angeles working on new projects.[16]

Discography[edit]

With Goodnight Nurse[edit]

Production and writing credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Credit
2010 Kids of 88 Sugarpills "Ribbons of Light" All songs co-written by Sam McCarthy & Joel Little

Produced by Joel Little, Sam McCarthy & Jordan Arts
Additional engineering and programming by Joel Little & Jordan Arts
Additional vocals in "Everybody Knows" & "My House" by Joel Little

"Just a Little Bit"
"Everybody Knows"
"My House"
"Apart of You"
"Downtown"
"Feed the Birds"
"SQRL"
"San Fran" Co-writer (with Jordan Arts & Sam McCarthy)
Dane Rumble The Experiment "What Are You Waiting For?" Co-writer (with Dane Rumble)
2012 Kids of 88 Modern Love "Komodo" Co-writer (with Sam McCarthy, Jordan Arts & Jaden Parkes)
"Tucan"
"Zion"
Timomatic Timomatic "AYO (That's What I Like)" Co-writer (with Tim Omaji and Jaden Parkes), producer, engineer & mixer
Lorde The Love Club "Bravado" Co-writer (with Lorde), producer, engineer & mixer
"Royals"
"Million Dollar Bills"
"The Love Club"
"Biting Down"
2013 Pure Heroine "Tennis Court"
"400 Lux"
"Ribs"
"Buzzcut Season"
"Team"
"Glory and Gore"
"Still Sane"
"White Teeth Teens"
"A World Alone"
Broods Broods "Never Gonna Change" Co-writer (with Caleb Nott & Georgia Nott), producer, engineer & mixer
"Pretty Thing"
"Bridges"
"Sleep Baby Sleep"
"Taking You There"
"Coattails"
2014 Evergreen "Mother & Father"
"Everytime"
"Killing You"
"Bridges"
"L.A.F"
"Never Gonna Change"
"Sober"
"Medicine"
"Evergreen"
"Four Walls"
"Superstar"
Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour: Deluxe Edition "Reminds Me of You" Co-writer (with Sam Smith), producer, engineer & mixer
Priory Weekend "Weekend" Additional production
Elliphant One More EP "One More (feat. )" Co-writer (with Elliphant & MØ), producer, engineer & mixer
Lorde The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Yellow Flicker Beat" Co-writer (with Lorde), producer (with Paul Epworth)
"Meltdown" Co-writer (with Lorde), additional production, mixer
"Ladder Song" Producer, engineer & mixer
"Flicker (Kanye West rework)" Co-writer (with Lorde & Kanye West)
2015 Daniel Johns Aerial Love EP "Aerial Love" Co-writer & producer (with Daniel Johns), engineer & mixer
"Late Night Drive"
Talk "Aerial Love" Co-writer & producer (with Daniel Johns), engineer & mixer
"Cool On Fire"
"Warm Hands"
"Dissolve" Producer & engineer
Jarryd James Thirty One "Do You Remember" Co-writer (with Jarryd James), producer, engineer & mixer
"Give Me Something" Co-writer (with Jarryd James), producer & engineer
"This Time (Serious Symptoms, Simple Solutions)" Co-writer (with Jarryd James), producer & engineer
"Underneath" Producer (with Matt Corby & Jarryd James)
"Undone" Co-producer & additional guitar
"Regardless" (feat. Julia Stone) Producer (with Jarryd James)
"High"
"Sure Love"
Half Noise "Inside" Producer & engineer
Ellie Goulding Delirium "Paradise" Co-writer (with Ellie Goulding), vocal production, & additional production
"The Greatest" Co-writer & producer
Elliphant Living Life Golden "Step Down" Co-writer (with Ellinor Olovsdotter), producer, engineer, instruments & programming
"Where Is Home (feat. Twin Shadow)" Co-writer (with Ellinor Olovsdotter), producer, instruments, programming & co-engineer (with Twin Shadow)
2016 Fitz and the Tantrums Fitz and the Tantrums "Do What You Want" Producer & co-writer
Broods Conscious "Free" Co-writer & producer (with Broods), drum programming, keyboards & engineer
"We Had Everything" Co-writer (with Broods), producer, background vocalist, keyboards, programming & engineer
"Heartlines" Co-writer (with Ella Yelich-O'Connor & Broods), producer, keyboards, programming & engineer
"Hold the Line" Co-producer & co-engineer (with Alex Hope), mixer, keyboards & programming
"Freak of Nature feat. Tove Lo" Co-producer & co-engineer (with Alex Hope, Tove Nilsson, Jason Huss), keyboards & programming
"All of Your Glory" Mixer
"Recovery" Co-writer (with Broods), producer, keyboards, percussion, programming & engineer
"Couldn't Believe" Co-writer (with Broods), producer (with Caleb Nott), background vocalist, keyboards & programming
"Full Blown Love" Co-writer (with Broods), producer, keyboards, programming & engineer
"Worth the Fight" Co-writer (with Broods & Emmie Little), producer, keyboards, programming, mixer & engineer
"Bedroom Door" Co-writer (with Broods), producer, keyboards, percussion, programming, mixer & engineer
"Conscious" Co-writer (with Broods & Fran Hall), producer, background vocalist, keyboards, programming & engineer
Jarryd James High "1000x feat. Broods" Co-writer (with Jarryd James), producer, keyboards, guitars, programming & engineer
"Claim My Love" Producer (with Jarryd James & Mikky Ekko)
"How Do We Make It" Producer (with Jarryd James & Tobias Jesso Jnr)
Brooke Fraser A Sides "Therapy" Producer, co-writer (with Brooke Fraser), engineer & mixer
Tove Lo Lady Wood "Imaginary Friend" Co-producer (with The Struts), co-writer & engineer
Ruth B "In My Dreams" Producer & engineer
2017 Noah Kahan "Young Blood" Producer & engineer
"Sink" Producer
Khalid American Teen "Young Dumb & Broke" Co-writer, producer & engineer
"8teen"
"Therapy"
Lorde Melodrama "Green Light" Co-writer (with Ella Yelich-O'Connor & Jack Antonoff)
Ruth B "Safe Haven" "Mixed Signals" Producer & engineer
"Dandelions"
"Unrighteous"
"If This Is Love"
"Young"
"If By Chance"
"World War 3"
"Safe Haven"
"In My Dreams"
"First Time"
Imagine Dragons "Whatever It Takes" Co-written, produced & recorded
Bebe Rexha "The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody) (feat. Lil Wayne)" Co-writer & co-producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA awards[edit]

APRA Awards (Australia)[edit]

The APRA Awards (Australia) are annually held by Australasian Performing Right Association to honour outstanding music artists and songwriters of the year.[17]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2014 Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little Outstanding International Achievement Award Won [18]

APRA Silver Scroll Awards (New Zealand)[edit]

The New Zealand APRA Awards are held by the Australasian Performing Right Association to honour the finest songwriters and composers.[19]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2013 Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Royals" APRA Silver Scroll Won [14]
2014 Broods and Joel Little for "Bridges" APRA Silver Scroll Nominated [20]
Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Team" Most Performed Work in New Zealand Won [21]
Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Royals" Most Performed Work Overseas Won [21]
2015 Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Yellow Flicker Beat" APRA Silver Scroll Nominated [22]
Joel Little and Jarryd James for "Do You Remember" APRA Silver Scroll Shortlisted [23]
Joel Little, Georgia Nott and Caleb Nott for "L.A.F." APRA Silver Scroll Shortlisted [23]
Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Royals" Most Performed Work Overseas Won [24]

ASCAP Pop Music Awards[edit]

The annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards are held by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to honour the songwriters and publishers of the most performed pop songs.[25]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2014 Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Royals" Most Performed Songs Won [26]
2015 Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little - "Team" Most Performed Songs Won [27]
Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little - "Royals" Most Performed Songs Won [27]

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

The Golden Globe Awards were established in 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to celebrate the best in film and television.[28]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2015 Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little for "Yellow Flicker Beat" Best Original Song Nominated [29]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[30]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2014 Joel Little, producer; Joel Little, engineer/mixer; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer for "Royals" 56th Annual Grammy AwardsRecord of the Year Nominated [31]
Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little, songwriters for "Royals" 56th Annual Grammy AwardsSong of the Year Won [32]

New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

The New Zealand Music Awards are awarded annually to musicians of New Zealand origin, by Recorded Music NZ.

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2014 Joel Little for Pure Heroine Best Engineer Won [33]
Joel Little for Pure Heroine Best Producer Won [33]
2015 Joel Little for Evergreen Best Producer Nominated [34]
2016 Joel Little for Conscious Best Engineer Won [35]
Joel Little for Conscious Best Producer Won [35]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Lorde takes out top Silver Scroll. Radio NZ. 16 October 2013.
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  4. ^ "Kids of 88 – Sugarpills". All Music. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
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  6. ^ "2010 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. 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". Charts.org.nz. 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. ^ 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. 
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  17. ^ "Awards | APRA AMCOS". Australasian Performing Right Association (Australia). Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "2014 APRA Music Award winners announced". ABC Online. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Silver Scroll Awards | APRA AMCOS NZ". Australasian Performing Right Association (New Zealand). Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
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  21. ^ a b "'APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2014 - The Winner'". APRA:AMCOS. APRA:AMCOS. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "'Diverse, original and assured' - Silver Scroll finalists announced". One News. TVNZ. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "2015 TOP 20 + 1981 TOP 5". APRA AMCOS. APRA AMCOS. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
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  25. ^ Gundersen, Edna (24 April 2014). "Tom Petty, fun. honored at ASCAP Pop Music Awards". USA Today. Retrieved 8 January 2015. The annual event recognizes the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 pop charts. 
  26. ^ "Most Performed Songs". ASCAP. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "'ASCAP Most Performed Songs 2015'". ASCAP. ASCAP. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  28. ^ "History of the Golden Globes". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  29. ^ Lynch, Joe (11 December 2014). "2015 Golden Globe Nominees: Lorde & Joel Little, Lana Del Rey, Trent Reznor & More". Billboard. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Grammy Awards: Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. 
  31. ^ "Lorde takes home two Grammys". Stuff. Fairfax. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  32. ^ "Grammy nominations 2014: The complete list". LA Times. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  33. ^ a b "'Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards - 2014 Categories'". VNZMA. VNZMA. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  34. ^ "NZ Music Awards 2015 Tech Finalists Announced". Under the Radar. UTR. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  35. ^ a b "Vodafone New Zealand Music Artisan Awards: producer Joel Little wins big". Stuff. Fairfax. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 

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