Pop music catch-up time!

June 24, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to contributor Kate Robertson and staff writer Calum Henderson about Lorde's Melodrama, Selena's 'Bad Liar', all the ex-One Directioners with solo projects, the weirdness that is Katy Perry these days, the pop perfection of Carly Rae Jepsen, the start of the infinite Prince reissues, and more...


PREVIEW - Lorde:Behind The Melodrama

June 17, 2017

In this episode Henry Oliver presents a sneak peek at our latest podcast series. It's a track by track examination of Lorde's new album Melodrama featurign the artist herself in conversation with Henry. We'll release all 11 episdoes on the 19th of June.

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Mental health in music (+ fundraiser tonight!)

June 9, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Peter Dickens and Matt Paul about mental health issues in New Zealand music and a mental health benefit show on in Auckland tonight.

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Mind Games a two-venue show to raise funds for The Mental Health Foundation and increase awareness about mental health in New Zealand is on tonight, 9 June across both venues at Whammy Bar on Karangahape Rd, Auckland.


The Ferndale Strangler on his new album

May 27, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Johnny Barker a musician, actor (the Ferndale Strangler!), screenwriter and director, who under the moniker Barker, has a new album hot off the digital presses called Sleepwalking.



May 13, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Ladi6, aka Ladi and Parks, about improvisation, letting go of old habits and the forthcoming EP, Royal Blue 3000.


Is New Zealand Music Month broken? Can it be fixed?

May 8, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to freelance journalist Hussein Moses about what's wrong with New Zealand Music Month and what it might take to fix it.


Equalise My Vocals, a campaign to fix New Zealand music’s gender problem

April 29, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Coco Solid and Trixie Darko about Equalise My Vocals, a panel event and music showcase on gender equality in music happening in on 5 and 6 May.


Record Store Day and the endless vinyl revival

April 22, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Ben Howe, founder of Arch Hill Recordings, managing director at Flying Nun Records and partner in record store/distributor Flying Out about Record Store Day and producing and selling vinyl in New Zealand.


New releases and cyclone warnings

April 15, 2017

Instead of just sitting around the Spinoff offices waiting for the Cyclone Cook to hit, music editor Henry Oliver gathers together some friends, family and workers of the Spinoff – namely José Barbosa, Leonie Hayden, Alex Casey, Calum Henderson, Don Rowe and Toby Manhire – to be surprised by a bunch of new music they may not have heard before. Hilarity, disorganization, and talking over each other ensues.


Remembering New Zealand’s Britpop diaspora

April 8, 2017

Last week, music explainer site Pitchfork published a list of the 'The 50 Best Britpop Albums'. Having largely missed Britpop in favour of (better?) American music in the mid/late-'90s, The Spinoff Music editor, Henry Oliver, asked two of his Britpop-loving buddies – Jane Yee, host of the Real Pod, and Duncan Greive, The Spinoff's editor/publisher about what Britpop was, and what it was like to be a devotee from the other side of the world.