Henry Oliver

Henry Oliver is the Spinoff's music editor and an aspiring liner note writer. Email him on henry@thespinoff.co.nz

Auckland Museum
Jun 13, 2018

A view into the city's future through the taonga of Auckland Museum

Henry Oliver explores the corridors and changes happening at Auckland Museum, and what they say about Tāmaki Makaurau.

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Auckland
Jun 8, 2018

What's happening to the Western Springs speedway?

The speedway is leaving Western Springs. We explain where it's going and what's going to take its place.

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Music
May 26, 2018

Matthew Young's lost years are bearing fruit

Pop artist Matthew Young on his new EP and re-evaluating success after mental illness.

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Music
May 19, 2018

Elton, Etta or Ed? Our best guesses for the Royal Wedding first dance

For The Spinoff Music, the big question of the day isn't what dress Meghan Markle is going to wear, but what song she'll be dancing to with Harry. Thanks to Spotify, here's our best guess.

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Society
May 4, 2018

Are we really teaching kids how to do P?

What exactly was the pamphlet Massey High School were using in its health class? And what were the kids doing with it?

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Music
Apr 30, 2018

Estère: ‘I don’t like writing love songs’

Henry Oliver talks to Wellington artist and producer Estère about technology, attention and her new album My Design, On Others' Lives. 

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Society
Apr 28, 2018

Who is Luke Willis Thompson? And what the hell is the Turner Prize?

This week, Fijian-New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson was short-listed for the Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious contemporary art award. Don't know what that means? We're here to help.

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Music
Apr 24, 2018

On her new album, Kimbra pares down and returns to Earth

Henry Oliver talks to Kimbra, the Hamilton-raised, New York-based art-pop star, about her new album, Primal Heart.

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Music
Apr 23, 2018

October: A reluctant DIY pop-star

Last week, Auckland-based producer and musician October released her debut album, Ultra Red. She tells Henry Oliver about how, two months before the album's intended release, she took the recordings back and remade it by herself.

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Music
Mar 29, 2018

E^ST’s provocative new single: ‘If you’re gonna go there, you may as well bloody go there’

Henry Oliver talks to E^ST, a young Australian pop artist whose two recent singles are turning hears around the world.

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Music
Mar 28, 2018

New kid on the Block Party: JessB, the pro netballer-turned-rapper

Henry Oliver talks to JessB about her first EP and how her professional netball career is helping her in the music industry.

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Music
Mar 23, 2018

‘We’re so grateful to everyone’: The Golden Dawn says goodbye

In the days before its last hurrah, Henry Oliver talked to The Golden Dawn's Matthew Crawley and Nick Harrison about the life and death of the weirdest bar on Ponsonby Road.

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Television
Mar 16, 2018

A chat with The Good Doctor’s Freddie Highmore, the politest TV star in the world

Henry Oliver sits down with Freddie Highmore to talk about his TV journey from the cellars of Bates Motel to the corridors of The Good Doctor.

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Music
Mar 13, 2018

King Krule: Live in a cyclone

Last night, during Cyclone Hola, King Krule played Silo Park as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Henry Oliver was there in all the wet weather gear he could find.

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Music
Mar 9, 2018

Astro Children: ‘The only Dunedin Sound I have ever cared about is my own’

 Henry Oliver talks to Astro Children's Millie Lovelock about the band's new single and Dunedin's indie music generational rift. 

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Music
Mar 9, 2018

Beck: ‘Now I get to just do what I do. I can just be myself’

Henry Oliver talks to Beck about the '90s, guitars, Bruno Mars, and his new album Colors.

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Music
Mar 1, 2018

Cheat Sheet: Donald Glover is coming to New Zealand???

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Henry Oliver answers your questions about Donald Glover's mysterious tour announcement.

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Music
Feb 16, 2018

Marlon Williams is trying to break your heart

Today, Marlon Williams releases the first great New Zealand album of 2018. He talks to Henry Oliver about the heartbreak and honesty that went into making it.

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New Zealand Music
Jan 31, 2018

15 years of Die! Die! Die! – the punk band that won’t, y’know, die

Music editor and former member of Die! Die! Die! Henry Oliver talks to his ex-bandmates about making music together for nearly 20 years.

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Music
Jan 4, 2018

Summer reissue: On the cusp of stardom, Aldous Harding watches the horizon

A couple of years ago Aldous Harding was just another New Zealand folk musician; now she's an international sensation. Henry Oliver sat down with her to try to discover what sparked her transformation

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Music
Dec 23, 2017

The highs and lows of 15 years of Rhythm and Vines

Rhythm and Vines’ co-founder Hamish Pinkham talks about the highs and lows of the first 15 years of his New Year’s Eve festival.

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Music
Dec 23, 2017

Summer reissue: The first hit single about NZ’s real estate obsession!

When future historians look back at life in New Zealand in the early part of this century, there's one pop cultural artifact that, in three-and-a-half minutes summed up the aspirations of a changing nation: Gold Medal Famous' masterpiece 'We Bought A House'.

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Music
Dec 20, 2017

Nadia Reid’s year of nervous breakdowns and Instagram lols

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Nadia Reid on the highs and lows of her year, the rigours of touring, and being accepted by the music industry.

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Music
Dec 19, 2017

Best Music 2017: The results of the Spinoff Music Survey!

Your favourite albums and songs of the year, and your favourite shows, reflections on the year, and predictions for next year.

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Music
Dec 6, 2017

2017 Wrapped: My top (Spotify) songs of the year

Our music editor's most played songs of the year on Spotify.

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Music
Dec 5, 2017

Punk is a moving target: Downtown Boys’ 21st century protest music

Downtown Boys, who are at the forefront of a new wave of protest music in the US, talk politics and punk in 2017.

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