I feel strangely that I’ve missed out on Zane Lowe — on knowing who he is as a DJ, as an interviewer; maybe even as the inheritor of John Peel’s Radio One mantle. And now he’s off to Apple.
I’ve just been listening to an interview with Lowe on Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces podcast, and he comes across as very interesting and informed. And I heard about his Apple move recently on another podcast, wherein Myke Hurley talked about his move and how he had been the best introducer of new music at Radio One since Peel.
(Podcasts are the new rock ‘n’ roll radio: discuss.)
And I’ve never knowingly heard his show.
Which is a shame, on one level. But on another — how often have I listened to Radio One since Peel died? — maybe it’s not really my music any more.
Though on yet another hand, Lowe namechecks Neil Young and various other people that are my music, so…
As to what exactly he’s going to be doing at Apple, no-one outside knows for sure. “Music curation” seems to be the consensus, something to do with the streaming service they might be launching on the back of the Beats acquisition. The Pip podcast was recorded back in October, before he announced the move, so he doesn’t talk about it.
It’s clear, though, that, like Peelie, he’s a music fan above all else.