Henry Oliver

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

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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Media
Nov 24, 2017

Ghostbusters + The Fresh Prince + Thriller = A multimedia performance about nostalgia and grief

Henry Oliver talks to Ross Sutherland, a British poet whose VHS performance piece Standby for Tape Back-Up, a multimedia meditation on memory, meaning and grief, is on in Auckland and Wellington this week.

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Music
Nov 17, 2017

New Zealand Music Awards hits and misses (+ The Spinoff vs Spotify result!)

Yesterday, Henry Oliver risked it all by predicting the winners of last night’s New Zealand Music Awards. Today he updates that post with the actual results and slightly jaded commentary.

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Music
Nov 16, 2017

New Zealand Music Awards 2017 predictions: The Spinoff vs Spotify

The Spinoff vs Spotify. Narrative vs Data. Heart vs Head. Who can predict more winners of tonight's New Zealand Music Awards – Henry Oliver or Spotify's team of (probably) Stanford-educated computer-geniuses?

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Music
Nov 6, 2017

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Drake (at Spark Arena)

Henry Oliver reviews Drake's show at Spark Arena on Friday.

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Music
Nov 4, 2017

Best Songs Ever: N.E.R.D. are back – and they brought Rihanna with them

Our regular round-up of new songs and singles, featuring Sufjan Stevens, N.E.R.D, Kelly Clarkson, The Beths and more...

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Music
Oct 30, 2017

Auckland City Limits promoter Campbell Smith: ‘We’re not trying to be all things to everybody’

Henry Oliver talks to Campbell Smith, music mogul and the man behind Auckland City Limits, about bringing the festival back after sitting out a year.

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Music
Oct 24, 2017

What’s the deal with the alt-right stickers at Lyttelton’s Wunderbar? (UPDATED)

Christchurch's Wunderbar in Lyttelton attracted fury today after a refugees advocate posted a photograph which seems to run counter to its 'nice people only' slogan. Henry Oliver called to ask what they were up to.

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Music
Oct 5, 2017

Rock is dead! (And other thoughts on the VNZMA finalists)

Henry Oliver rants and raves (mostly positively) about the 2017 New Zealand Music Awards finalists.

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Society
Oct 4, 2017

Bigger than agriculture: How design became a multi billion dollar industry

According to a new report, the design sector contributed over $10 billion to the New Zealand economy in 2016. Henry Oliver asks Thomas Mical, the head of AUT’s School of Art and Design, what that means for New Zealand design.

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