Music Archive

Marlon Williams on his Silver Scroll winning song: ‘I think it’s the best song I’ve ever written’

Silver Scroll winner Marlon Williams tells Henry Oliver why 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore' is the best song he's ever written.

Rapper Abdul Kay: ‘When you have like three weeks to look at the same verse, you hate it eventually’

Abdul Kay, a young Auckland rapper who rose quickly from obscurity only to go silent, talks about his comeback single 'September Freestyle'.

Repressed Memories: Christmas in the Park

The annual free concert featuring the top local pop stars of the day is one of New Zealand's most enduring Christmas traditions. James Mustapic looks back at its most memorable moments.

John Rykenberg’s trove of Auckland nightlife photos from the 50s & 60s

John Rykenberg ran a studio of photographers from the 50s to the 70s. Last year, 900 boxes from his studio were donated to Auckland Libraries. Here are some favourites.

Now That’s What I Call 1997: I get knocked down, but I get up again!

1997 was a simpler time – British anarchists topped the charts and you could buy collections of the days' hits on little plastic discs.

Jordan Arts aka HIGH HØØPS: ‘The worst case scenario would’ve been Kids of 88 working’

Ex-Kids of 88 star talks bidding wars, bigwigs and breakdowns, and how, with new project HIGH HØØPS, he came out the other side.

Last night the boyband Brockhampton set Auckland on fire

Brockhampton have quickly risen from a Kanye messageboard to a multi-million-dollar record deal. We review their new album, documentary and concert in Auckland last night.

NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis on fame, hummus and Michael Murphy

Almost 15 years later, NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis is re-emerging onto the music scene with a new song, new mindset, and possibly, even a new tour.

Pacific Heights’ Devin Abrams on living (and recording) the dream

Devin Abrams, who makes music as Pacific Heights, talks about his dreamy new album and making a huge pop hit with Drax Project.

Citizen Pink: please back our campaign to get this hero a passport immediately

The case to make the singer a citizen of Aotearoa is now irrefutable. Please jump on board and get this passport party started.

Mac Miller helped me grow up

Today rapper Mac Miller passed away from an overdose. James Roque writes about his passing, and the effect Miller's music had on him growing up.

How did P!nk get so huge?

If you expected one pop singer to have five sold-out shows at Spark Arena in 2018, would you have expected it to be P!nk?

UMO on Chelsea Jade on The Beths on Marlon Williams on Troy Kingi: Silver Scrolls finalists talk about each other

Last week, APRA announced the five finalists for the 2017 Silver Scroll Award. Today, exclusively for The Spinoff, the five artists discuss each other’s nominated songs.

Get out your Oakleys: Blindspott are back

After ten years of public fallout, New Zealand's favourite Nu-Metal band are back. Don Rowe talks to Blindspott. 

The laidback raps and pop beats of Hans.

Hans made his name in the Soundcloud rap scene, but last year made a leap with his one-and-only track on Spotify racking up 1.5 million streams. He talks collaborarting and his new EP, Puddles.

Love and theft: Bob Dylan in Auckland, reviewed

Bob Dylan played Spark Arena in Auckland last night. Two ol' buds were there and emailed back-and-forth about it afterwards.

Maioha Award finalists: fearless navigators negotiating ever-shifting tides

The five finalists of APRA's Maioha Award were announced today. We looks at the final five and their place in the future of te reo Māori.

In love with those times: Preserving Flying Nun’s legacy

Flying Nun's rightful place in New Zealand history has been secured with the acquisition of the legendary label's master tapes by the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Baby, you’ll be famous: Lady Gaga’s The Fame, ten years on

Impossibly, Lady GaGa's debut album The Fame came out ten years ago this week. Sam Brooks looks back at the album that launched an icon.

Born in the USSR: A guide to the ‘red wave’ of Soviet rock

Inspired by the screening of Leto at this year's International Film Festival, we present a guide to the first wave of rock from the USSR.

Tom Scott: ‘If you’re worried about pissing people off, your career’s done’

Avantdale Bowling Club's Tom Scott talks fame, infamy and coming home to Avondale.

Aretha Franklin was more than just the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin has died. Sam Brooks remembers the Queen.

Raw honesty and multisyllabic rhymes: Avantdale Bowling Club’s ‘Years Gone By’, reviewed

The first album by Avantdale Bowling Club, the new moniker of rapper Tom Scott, is released tomorrow. Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes) reviews the latest work by the rapper who over a decade ago was taking his demos to Tourettes shows.