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.


Psych Fest and mind-bending New Zealand music

March 31, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Zac Arnold, presenter of bFM’s Freak the Sheep, the best local music radio show around, and promoter of Psych Fest, a multi-venue psychedelic music festival taking place across multiple venues in Auckland this weekend.


The Naked and Famous’ Aaron Short on his new project, Space Above

March 24, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Naked and Famous keyboardist and producer Aaron Short about touring with Blink 182 and his new project, Space Above.


The music that millions are listening to while killing zombies

March 18, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to London-based New Zealander Jordan Reyne about singing on the theme song forResident Evil 7: Biohazard, a horror video game that sold over 3 million copies worldwide.


Too much new music? Lorde and D Dallas drop new tracks

March 10, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to contributing critics Kate Robertson and Matthew McAuley about new music from Lorde, Ed Sheeran, David Dallas, Calvin Harris and more...


Pod on the Couch: How your favourite pop music gets written

March 4, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Mike Elizondo (credits include: Eminem, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg, to Twenty One Pilots, Maroon 5, Tegan & Sara), Emily Warren (credits include: The Chainsmokers, Jessie J, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tiesto, Fifth Harmony, Sean Paul), and James Newman (credits include: Calvin Harris and David Guetta). They're all here as part of SongHubs Auckland, a five-day songwriting workshop put on by APRA for twelve New Zealand songwriters.


Uncovering the Red Eye Society

February 23, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Chris Shultz, deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald, about his profile of little-known but highly regarded 2000s rap group Red Eye Society.


Pod on the Couch: The New Normal & LGBTQIA+ issues in music

February 17, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to Will Cooper Barling, who performs as WCB and Nikolai, both of whom are performing at The New Normal, a show at the Golden Dawn on 24 February as part of Auckland Pride Festival.


Pod on the Couch: Post-Trump pop

February 10, 2017

Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver talks to contributing critic Kate Robertson and The Spinoff’s editor and publisher Duncan Greive about what will happen to pop music under Trump's reign.