Henry Oliver

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

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
Jul 2, 2017

Sitting in the waiting room: An interview & never-published photos from Fugazi's 1997 New Zealand tour

To commemorate 20 years since Fugazi’s tour of New Zealand, Henry Oliver presents an excerpt from his 1997 interview with Ian MacKaye and some never before seen photos of the tour by Amber Easby.

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Television
Jun 25, 2017

About that time I was on Flight of the Conchords

Ten years ago, HBO screened the first episode of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement's Flight of the Conchords. And look, there, sitting outside that shop. Isn't that Spinoff music editor Henry Oliver?

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Music
Jun 21, 2017

The album that shut down Dunedin, reviewed

Henry Oliver reviews LSD Fundraiser’s new album StreetNOISE, which lead to a sizeable section of Dunedin’s CBD being shut down a cassette of album was mistaken for a bomb by a concerned citizen.

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Music
Jun 19, 2017

The Spinoff Exclusive: Lorde explains the backstory behind every song on her new album

On Monday 19 June we’re releasing Lorde: Behind the Melodrama, an 11 episode track-by-track podcast interview with Lorde about her new album, Melodrama. Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver introduces the series.

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Society
May 22, 2017

Sorry Paula, tipping sucks and we definitely should not bring it to New Zealand

Paula Bennett is reportedly keen to see tipping introduced to New Zealand. Henry Oliver explains why this is a terrible, terrible, terrible idea.

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Fullscreen
May 19, 2017

‘What if birds aren’t singing, they’re screaming?’: Inside Aldous Harding’s head

A couple of years ago Aldous Harding was just another New Zealand folk musician. Then she found a fierce voice, and started playing a string of mesmerising live performances which now have her on the cusp of international stardom. Henry Oliver sat down with her to try and find out what sparked her transformation.

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TechWeek17
May 18, 2017

‘We created it for New Zealand’: A TechWeek wrap-up with director Jennifer Clamp

As TechWeek'17 comes to an end, Henry Oliver spoke to national director Jennifer Clamp about what she's learned from the newer and bigger 2017 event.

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TechWeek17
May 10, 2017

On the future of paying for stuff: ‘You don’t need a phone, you don’t need a card, you *are* the money’

At Techweek'17, over breakfast baps and muesli cups, Henry Oliver looked into the future. Of money.

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TechWeek17
May 3, 2017

The Spinoff’s Techweek Glossary 1.0: A minimum viable guide to disruptive techspeak

Next week is Techweek'17! So if you're planning on attending one of the 100+ events across the country, but don't know your pivots from your MVPs because you're not in scrum sprints and hackathons in your everyday life, we've got you covered. Here are the thirteen words and phrases you're most likely to hear, explained!

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Music
Apr 28, 2017

Spicy beef and bars: David Dallas grabs lunch with The Spinoff (WATCH)

Over lunch at Balmoral Chinese restaurant Spicy House, Henry Oliver asks David Dallas about how growing older, getting married and watching Roger Federer all influenced his new album, Hood Country Club.

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Music
Apr 23, 2017

LORDEXCLUSIVE: Lorde speaks to the Spinoff about her triumphant return to Coachella

In her first New Zealand interview since the release of 'Green Light', Lorde talks about her return to the stage at Coachella last weekend, Melodrama's surprisingly traditional roll-out, and what the deal is with the party tank.

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Music
Apr 20, 2017

Emily Edrosa on Street Chant’s Taite win and what’s next

Henry Oliver talks to Emily Edrosa, the creative force behind Street Chant, whose second album Hauora won the Taite Music Prize on Tuesday night.

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Music
Apr 7, 2017

Good news for the New Zealand music industry! Or is it?

A new report from Recorded Music NZ shows two years of growing revenues after 15 years of decline. But not everyone is convinced the news is as good as it seems.

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Music
Mar 31, 2017

The New Zealander behind one of the world’s best distortion pedals

From his home in Mt Eden, Paul Crowther makes one of the best distortion pedals in the world. Henry Oliver asks him how he does it.

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Society
Mar 28, 2017

Store closures and epic discounts suggest big trouble at I Love Ugly

With stores closing and the sales never ending, it has to be asked – what’s going on with New Zealand’s fastest growing fashion brand?

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Music
Mar 14, 2017

Mitch James on how to get signed to a major label by busking around Europe

Mitch James spent two years busking and playing open mic night around Europe, sleeping in hostels and on park benches, before getting signed to Sony. Henry Oliver asks him how he did it, and what songs make buskers the most money.

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Music
Mar 2, 2017

Lordesession: A DM interview with two of Twitter’s biggest Lorde stans

Coldly objective music journalist Henry Oliver DMs two Lorde superfans who run Lorde news-related Twitter feeds. Spoiler: they're fairly excited.

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Music
Feb 27, 2017
Music
Feb 22, 2017

‘I’m not trying to be that mysterious cool guy’: MAALA on going from dorky to cool and back to dorky again

Next month, Spark presents Seamless, an all ages show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Henry Oliver talked to headliner, and winner of Best Male Solo Artist at last year's VNZMAs, MAALA.

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Music
Feb 21, 2017

Savage, New Zealand’s blockbuster rapper, is back. Again.

Henry Oliver talks to Savage about getting his songs on big Hollywood movies, outlasting so many of his New Zealand hip hop contemporaries, and why he's not interested in recording any more albums.

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Music
Feb 14, 2017

The Great New Zealand Music bracket: Which decade is best? GRAND FINAL!!!

While walking through the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland Museum, Henry Oliver thought to himself: which decade had the best music? Rather than telling you his answer, he’s asking for yours. Final Round: which decade is definitively The Best?

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Music
Feb 1, 2017

The Great New Zealand Music bracket: Which decade is best? ROUND TWO

While walking through the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland Museum, Henry Oliver thought to himself: which decade had the best music? Rather than telling you his answer, he’s asking for yours. This week, round two: only the strong decades survive.

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Music
Jan 25, 2017

The Great New Zealand Music bracket: Which decade is best? ROUND ONE

While walking through the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland Museum, Henry Oliver thought to himself: which decade had the best music? Rather than telling you his answer, he’s asking for yours.

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Music
Jan 17, 2017

Laneway preview: Mick Jenkins on love, optimism and Trump

Henry Oliver talks to Mick Jenkins, playing at this month's Laneway Festival, about his new album and his capacity for love and optimism in the face of a Trump presidency.

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Television
Jan 13, 2017

Rare: Here’s a Peak TV show where nobody gets raped or murdered

Henry Oliver watches the award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle, one of the lighter offerings from the era of traumatic Peak TV.

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Music
Dec 23, 2016

Connan Mockasin and Liam Finn on New Year’s Eve, collaboration and Coldplay

Henry Oliver sits down with Connan Mockasin and Liam Finn ahead of their collaborative performance, with Lawrence Arabia, at Wondergarden, a new music festival in Auckland this New Year’s Eve.

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