The Zane Lowe Show
On his namesake show and New Music Daily, Apple Music 1’s flagship shows, host Zane Lowe brings users unparalleled music knowledge with headline interviews, breaking news, and emerging music from around the globe every day. It’s become the world’s go-to for the best brand-new music, sure, but it’s also popular music’s premier confessional booth: Day after day, Zane—who’s also Apple Music’s global creative director and co-head of artist relations—gets the biggest, most elusive superstars, from Justin Bieber to Taylor Swift to Kanye West, to let their guards down—laughs, tears, and news-making quotes are the norm. “I’m a curious person, I ask questions, and I guess if I'm passionate about something, I'll talk about it and engage people about it. I want to start a conversation and learn,” Zane explains of his approach. “Because the more you share, the more you learn, and vice versa. It’s just a circle that keeps spinning.” Zane earns guests’ trust with a music obsessive’s curiosity and enthusiasm, compassionate questioning, and firsthand music knowledge of life as an artist—he started his music career recording and performing, and continues to write, produce, and record. “The artist side of it, that really drives what I do,” he explains. “I'm not a conventional media-type personality. I’m no good at being a host, really. I'm not a journalist. I don't write, I'm not a writer. What I do is feel and translate.” Check out Zane on The Zane Lowe Show every Monday through Thursday on Apple Music 1 at 9 am LA/12 pm NYC/5 pm LDN and New Music Daily every Friday at 9 am LA, 12 pm NY, and 5 pm LDN. Hometown: He now lives much of the time in Los Angeles after working for years in London, but still considers Auckland, New Zealand, home. “That's where I'm raised and that's where my family still lives. It's the closest thing to paradise. I never left New Zealand because I was trying to absorb some other reality; I was just searching to get as close to what I loved as possible.” Former life: Zane got into music as an artist before pivoting to DJing and radio hosting, which included a stint at the BBC as one of the top DJs in the UK. But he doesn’t consider himself a “former artist—it’s not a skin you shed,” he says. Earliest musical memory: “I have a really vague but defined memory of sitting with my cousin and him playing me ‘Smoke on the Water’ by Deep Purple and hearing that riff. I would have been like a baby, but I remember it—the room, what he was wearing. And I remember the music.” Hobbies: Hunting for rare vinyl on eBay (“it’s an addiction, definitely”) and making beats: “If I have 15 minutes in the day between meetings, which is rare, I'm firing up Logic, straight up. It feeds my soul. It's what clears my head.” What music means to Zane: “I think of music as just kind of a friend during times good and bad. Something that I defer to and lean on and/or lean into. When I needed to be in my space, because what was going on around me wasn't amusing or was boring or challenging, music became the thing. It's been a key that's opened the door to all my significant relationships outside of family.” What keeps Zane inspired: “There’s always more music being released. There's always more stories to hear and stories to tell and stories to help share, to connect people to. There's always new artists. It's always moving. And if it’s always moving, so am I, right?”
- Zane and Ed meet in NYC for a conversation around his album '-.'