Producer Joel Little Teams up with Ruth B in LA
Lorde’s former producer, Grammy-award winning New Zealander Joel Little, 33, is now working with Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B on her first LP, Vine.
Little became intrigued with Ruth when a friend sent a demo of her songs. “She had this phenomenal catalogue,” he says. He’s also noticed similarities to Lorde: “They both have these authentic voices, and they’re telling stories about what’s happened to them.”
She’s bonded with Little over pickup basketball games and has gotten comfortable speaking up in recording sessions. She’s excited about hiring a band and shaping its sound. “You’ll have no problem with that,” Little says. “Boss status!” Ruth adds with a grin. “You gotta know what you want!”
Little began his career as singer and guitarist of pop punk band Goodnight Nurse. In 2014, together with Lorde, he won a Grammy for Song of the Year for “Royals”. He has also worked with Broods.
Originally from Auckland, Little is now based in Los Angeles.
Original article by Daniel Kohn, Rolling Stone, August 31, 2016.