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
Aug 17, 2017

'I'm trying not to be a rock band': Merk on the isolation of laptop production

Henry Oliver talks to bedroom producer and multi-instrumentalist Merk, who is playing at Seamless, an all-ages show, in Auckland this weekend.

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Television
Aug 14, 2017

The master of his domain: Jerry Seinfeld live in Auckland

Henry Oliver went to see Jerry Seinfeld at Spark Arena on Saturday. This is what he thought of it.

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Music
Aug 9, 2017

Election playlist: Songs from inside NZ’s political campaign HQs

After weeks of working sources deep inside New Zealand's political parties, Henry Oliver reveals the songs dominating the office stereos at campaign headquarters.

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Music
Aug 2, 2017

The complete-ish history of Jacinda Ardern’s DJ career

If Henry Oliver didn’t do it, one of the other millennial-pandering websites would have. The Spinoff presents a roundup of Jacinda Ardern’s DJ appearances, plus the set list from her much-name-dropped appearance at the 2013 Laneway Festival, with our track-by-track commentary.

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Music
Jul 31, 2017

Neil Finn on why he’s taping his new album in front of a global internet audience

Neil Finn talks to Henry Oliver about his forthcoming album Out of Silence, likely the first studio album ever to be recorded live in front of a livestreaming audience.

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Music
Jul 28, 2017

‘Heaven is Onehunga’: On the 312 bus with SWIDT

Henry Oliver catches the 312 bus to Onehunga with SWIDT, whose debut album Stoneyhunga is out today.

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Music
Jul 21, 2017

Inside a Quiet Mind: New Zealand’s best techno album, reissued

Henry Oliver talks to Denver McCarthy, who made perhaps New Zealand’s best techno album nearly twenty years ago.

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Music
Jul 11, 2017

Steve Gunn on being a guitarist in the guitar’s era of decline

Ahead of his four New Zealand solo shows starting this week in Auckland, he discusses the decline of the mom and pop guitar store, childhood buddy Kurt Vile, and the colourful characters and misadventures of his youth.

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Music
Jul 4, 2017

Is Theia the next in line for New Zealand’s pop crown?

Last week, after seeing her first four singles rack up a combined 9 million plays on Spotify, Christchurch's Theia released her first EP. She spoke to Henry Oliver on the eve of her first New Zealand tour.

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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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