Joel Little Profile

Gareth Shute
17 Jan 2021

Joel Little is one of our most successful songwriters ever, although it wasn’t something he expected when he first picked up a guitar at the age of 15.

He has gone all the way from fronting gold-selling Auckland pop-punk act Goodnight Nurse through to producing and co-writing hits with some of the biggest stars in the world, including Lorde, Taylor Swift, Khalid, and Imagine Dragons.

Read more +
Joel Little and Lorde, APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Photo credit: APRA
Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down (2019)
Broods in the studio, May 24, 2017.
Photo credit: Joel Little collection
'Royals' gets a star on the pavement.
Photo credit: Joel Little collection
Joel Little in the studio, 5 June 2015.
Photo credit: Joel Little collection
Joel Little's Grammy Award for 'Royals', photographed May 11, 2014.
Joel Little and Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) receive the award for 'Royals' being the most-performed work overseas in 2013-2014, presented by Mike Chunn, former Apra NZ head of operations. 
Joel Little in 2013.
Photo credit: Gareth Shute
Goodnight Nurse: Jaden Parkes, Rowan Clarke, Joel Little, Sam McCarthy.
Goodnight Nurse: Sam McCarthy, Rowan Clarke, Joel Little, Jaden Parkes.
Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes (2017)
Joel Little photographed February 7, 2020, with an award for 5x platinum sales for Taylor Swift's 2019 album Lover.
Photo credit: Joel Little collection
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke (2017)
Joel Little with his box of Tuis.
Lorde - Royals (2013)
Joel Little in 2012.
Photo credit: Jordan Arts
Broods - Free (2016)
Joel Little, APRA Silver Scroll Awards, 2020.
Photo credit: Amanda Ratcliffe
Goodnight Nurse: Jaden Parkes, Rowan Clarke, Sam McCarthy, Joel Little.
Joel Little being interviewed at the 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Photo credit: Gareth Shute
Joel Little and Lorde.
Photo credit: Gareth Shute
Joel Little (right) with Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift, September 4, 2019.
Photo credit: Joel Little collection
Goodnight Nurse - Death Goes to Disco (2006)
Goodnight Nurse.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Joel Little and Lorde.
Photo credit: Gareth Shute
Joel Little.
Photo credit: Jordan Arts
Goodnight Nurse: Sam McCarthy, Jaden Parkes, Rowan Clarke, Joel Little.
Joel Little on the Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans radio show, 24 September 2015.
Photo credit: Alison Moon
Joel Little.
Photo credit: Jordan Arts
Joel Little, right, and his dad Paul Little on the radio show Happy Hour - It's New Orleans, 24 September 2015. The programme is hosted by expat New Zealander Grant Morris. 
Photo credit: Alison Moon
Joel Little on the Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans radio show, 24 September 2015.
Photo credit: Alison Moon
Goodnight Nurse: Paul Taite, Joel Little, Jaden Parkes.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Labels:

FMR


Dryden Street

Trivia:

Joel Little has continued to work regularly with NZ acts throughout his career as a producer, collaborating with Robinson, Brooke Fraser, and Indi. He also produced the charity single ‘Team Ball Player Thing’ which featured various All Blacks singing alongside NZ musicians Lorde, Broods, Kimbra, The Naked and Famous, Jason Kerrison (Opshop), Matiu Walters (Six60), and Dave Dobbyn.

Joel Little's mother Trish Scott was a founding member of 1970s Auckland punk band Suburban Reptiles, playing rhythm guitar as "Sissy Spunk".