Music Archive

Kia māia: Ria Hall on the diversity failure in New Zealand’s music industry

Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi) issued a challenge on representation in the New Zealand music industry to a standing ovation.

The Spinoff’s songs of the month: September 2019

A re-recorded Kiwi classic, the best song by pop music's greatest diva, a supergroup of country's finest highwomen – they're just some of the tracks gracing The Spinoff's songs of the month for September 2019.

Important: Anna from MAFSNZ has written some absolute belters

When a Married at First Sight NZ contestant is a singer/songwriter, we simply have no choice but to listen to their entire back catalogue.

Review: David Kilgour is playing it cool

Grant McDougall reviews Kilgour’s new solo album, Bobbie’s A Girl, which sees him reflecting on and acknowledging the loss of two key figures in his life.

People over everything: JessB on making bops and being political at the same time

Auckland rapper JessB has just released a new EP and wraps up a national mini-tour tonight in her home town. Jogai Bhatt talked to her about her world travels, performing at Ihumātao, and how her community and her music intersect.

‘It was insane, but I had to do it’: Miss June on mixing music and medicine

Miss June’s Bad Luck Party was recorded literally between hospital shifts.

Kanye West was the hero we didn’t know we needed

On the 10th anniversary of the infamous “I’mma let you finish” episode, Josie Adams reflects on what this moment revealed about both Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

The zodiac signs as Charli XCX songs

Charli XCX has just released her latest album, Charli. The futuristic musician is always looking ahead, and so are her fans. We've paired each star sign with their perfect Charli XCX song.

Bic Runga on finding her voice in te reo Māori: ‘It’s invigorated my whole life’

A new version of Bic Runga's classic single 'Sway' is among the tracks on Waiata/Anthems, a compilation of te reo Māori versions of hit New Zealand songs.

The World of Hearable Art: Some of NZ’s best composers talk about each other’s work

As part of this year's World of Wearable Art Awards Show, musical director Paul McLaney has brought six of New Zealand's most acclaimed composers together and commissioned a new work from each of them.

Mermaidens: ‘It makes me feel more hopeful when I go to a venue and it’s not all dudes’

Jordan Hamel interviews Gussie Larkin from Mermaidens ahead of the release of their new album Look Me In The Eye. 

Review: Don’t Quit Your Day Job, the new documentary from rapper Tom Scott

Rapper Tom Scott has dropped a brand new documentary about trying to make a living as an artist. So is it any good?

Review: The Others Way tells us something about the state of NZ music

The K Road festival, which turned five on Friday, has reached mainstream-level popularity without compromising its local acts focus.

The Spinoff’s songs of the month: August 2019

The biggest popstar in the world, a trash country icon and a dancehall legend are what we've been listening to this month – it's The Spinoff Music's Songs of the Month for August.

Find your way: How to do The Others Way festival, whatever your musical taste

A shitload of acts, a shitload of stages, and the potential for a shitload of fun: how to attend The Others Way.

Bigger than both of us: A Blam Blam Blam fan finally sees them live 

Blam Blam Blam’s records stunned Grant McDougall’s adolescent mind. He reflects on their impact and what it was like to finally see them live on their reunion tour.

Coming for the world, ready or not: Church & AP get set for take-off

The “Ready or Not” hitmakers talk ambition, competition, and how things change when you accidentally become the most buzzed-about young rap group in the country.

The Spinoff reviews all 18 songs on Taylor Swift’s Lover

Taylor Swift's seventh album Lover dropped around the world over the weekend. The Spinoff reviews the entire 18-song album, track by track.

Remembering the six bangers from Jump Jam: Volume One

Before Zumba, before Just Dance, before it was once again cool to move in public group settings, there was Jump Jam.

Tom Scott on Aldous Harding on Benee on The Beths on Tiny Ruins: The Silver Scrolls finalists on each other’s songs

This morning the five shortlisted songs for the 2019 Silver Scroll Award were announced. Here, exclusively for The Spinoff, the finalists discuss each other’s nominated songs.

Be some kind of superstar: Ranking the songs of the original Singstar

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the karaoke game that introduced an entire generation to the horrors of 'Downtown'. Jordan Hamel ranks all 30 songs from SingStar v1.

Stand up and be counted: Sons of Zion on te reo Māori and refusing to be tied down

After a decade of making music, Sons of Zion are still refusing to settle into a genre. They sit down to talk about the joys of pop music and te reo Māori, and why a “reggae” band can do both.

He’s so precious when he cries: Why Bazzi is so much more than a great meme

He's the artist who launched a million memes and over a billion streams. Sam Brooks picks out Bazzi's best moments so far, from his career-making breakthrough to his mature new mixtape Soulsearching.

Carrie Brownstein: ‘People get very precious about what Sleater-Kinney is capable of’

Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein on the band’s ninth studio album, working with St Vincent, and the departure of bandmate and drummer, Janet Weiss.