Henry Oliver

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

Brewers Association
Sep 22, 2018

The secret to good beer? All you need is four ingredients

Put them together and malt, water, hops and yeast creates something beautiful. Henry Oliver looks inside his beer, and discovers it's really quite simple.

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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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Garage Project
Sep 30, 2017

‘We’re marginalising all kinds of people’: A few beers with Dave Dobbyn

Henry Oliver sits down for a few beers with New Zealand music icon, the ubiquitous yet mysterious Dave Dobbyn.

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Media
Sep 26, 2017

Can’t we all just get along? MediaWorks’ Leon Wratt calls for a truce in the radio survey arms race

As we brace ourselves for more hyperbolic post-radio survey self-congratulations, Henry Oliver talks to MediaWorks’ Leon Wratt, who argues it’s time for the radio networks to end the arms race and start reporting on the results even-handedly – for the good of all radio.

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Music
Sep 25, 2017

‘It’s a cool fucking fish.’ A mildly weird chat with Vince Staples

Last summer, before the release of his amazing album Big Fish Theory, Henry Oliver tried to go deep with Los Angeles rapper Vince Staples and failed, so asked him about basketball and cartoons instead.

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Music
Sep 7, 2017

Someone finally made a cultural masterpiece about our national 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 …

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Music
Aug 29, 2017

A quick guide to Neil Finn’s Infinity Sessions

Henry Oliver watched ten hours of Neil Finn live-streraming in case you didn't have time to. These were his highlights.

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Music
Aug 26, 2017

The return of October, the local artist behind one of last year’s best lost pop songs

Henry Oliver talks to Auckland-based producer/singer/artist October about her new single 'Pure' and the return of the guitar.

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