If I made a list of music producers I would love to work/learn/intern with, Joel Little would be high on the list. I can’t say I’ve heard all his productions…I’ve been looking, but it’s slightly hard because a lot of his stuff is New Zealand based and not released (as far as I’m aware) in America. Regardless, everything I’ve heard so far is absolutely phenomenal.
You may be familiar with Little’s work as he’s the mastermind behind Lorde, having cowritten and produced her album Pure Heroine, her EP The Love Club EP, and her Hunger Games hit “Yellow Flicker Beat.” From what I have heard, I think his other work is also mind-blowing. Little also cowrote/produced Broods’ album Evergreen which is just as great as Pure Heroine. I heard a snippet of the song he did with Sam Smith, which I was impressed with because I wasn’t sure how he would mix his style with Smith’s. He has a great way of creating beats and this electric energy within his songs that is so different and refreshing.
You can view his list of credits here.
My love of Joel Little’s work has gotten to the point that I know anything he works on is going to be amazing, so when he tweeted out yesterday that a song that he worked on with Elliphant – “Where is Home” – is out, I instantly downloaded it. And it’s currently on repeat and stuck in my head.
— Joel Little (@iamjoellittle) December 18, 2015
The thing I love about this song is the great beat, bass, and synth work that Little puts in. It creates a big and full chorus and makes you want to get up and dance around.
It was also ingenious that he (I’m assuming Little came up with this idea, feels like him) added an electric guitar during the second chorus (1:31) which really elevated the chorus.
So, keep your ears peeled for Joel Little. The guy is a genius.