Joel Little (born 13 February 1983) is a New Zealand producer and musician. He is best known as a songwriter and producer of the New Zealand artist Lorde. He has won a Silver Scroll and Grammy award for his work with Lorde.


Joel Little started his music career as a singer and guitarist of the pop punk band Goodnight Nurse. Eventually, the band released two albums Always and Never (2006) and Keep Me On Your Side (2008); both albums peaked at fifth place on the New Zealand Top 40 Albums Chart.

In addition to this, Little produced and co-wrote the debut album of the electro pop duo Kids of 88. It featured three hit singles, one of which going on to win the Single of the Year at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards.

In 2011, Little set up his own production studio in Auckland, New Zealand. It is called "Golden Age", and it is now where Little does the majority of his production and writing.

Later in 2012, Joel Little and Lorde collaborated on The Love Club. The EP was available on Soundcloud in November 2012, and was officially released on March 8th, 2013 by Universal Music Group. Its single "Royals" reached first place on the Billboard Hot 100. After the release of the EP, Little and Lorde composed Pure Heroine, Lorde's debut album, which was released worldwide on September 30th, 2013. 

Joel Little went on to win a 2013 Silver Scroll Award and a 2014 Grammy Award.


With Good Night Nurse:

  • Always and Never (2006)
  • Keep Me on Your Side (2008)


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