Congratulations to Joel Little for his Silver Scroll win

Aucklander and MAINZ Graduate, Joel Little, produced and co-wrote Lorde’s EP The Love Club, including the hit song ‘Royals’. Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, and Joel began working together after a suggestion from their respective managers and Joel says she came to him one day with the lyrics to Royals.

“We just made songs we thought were cool and they have connected with people. It is so satisfying to have no expectations and just be proud of your work so I couldn’t ask for a better way for things to roll out. It is kind of the dream come true for it to happen this way,” he says.

The 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Award was presented to Ella and Joel on Tuesday 15th October 2013 for the single “Royals”. The Silver Scroll award celebrates outstanding achievement in songwriting of original New Zealand pop music.

Joel studied for a Certificate and Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance at MAINZ in 2002 and 2003 and still keeps a connection with the music school as a member of its Programme Advisory Committee. He was guitarist and singer with Goodnight Nurse and now writes and produces and has his own record label, Dryden Street.