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Best known as a radio DJ and television presenter, Zane Lowe is a writer, record producer and performance DJ. Born in New Zealand, Lowe moved to the UK in 1997 and soon gained a reputation for his presentation style on the independent alternative music station, XFM, as well as for his work on MTV Europe. Lowe went on to work at the BBC, presenting his own show on Radio 1 for 12 years. He moved on to host a new international show for Apple on their Beats 1 service in 2015.
Lowe is an award-winning DJ. He scooped the top radio show prize for four years running at the annual NME awards, from 2004. He was also named as the Gold Music Broadcaster of the Year at the Radio Academy Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014. The same organisation named him as presenting the best Specialist Music Programme in 2010.
Zane Lowe's remixes and new music
Lowe's interest in music does not simply extend to presenting the work of others on his radio and online shows. He has taken an active part in the production of new material, lending his writing and production skills to a number of artists. Lowe was credited as the sole writer of “Count on Me”, first released as a single in 2013. It was performed by Chase and Status, and featured the vocal talents of Moko, a London-based singer. Lowe's song was included on Chase and Status' Brand New Machine album. The British rapper, Sway, also worked with Lowe as a producer for his track “Wake Up”, which was taken from his 2013 EP of the same name. Lowe co-wrote the song with Sway, an artist who has worked with other talented songwriters, such as Ed Sheeran, before.
In 2014, Lowe also made a contribution to the Sam Smith album In the Lonely Hour. He co-wrote the track “Restart” with Smith and was also credited with a production role. The album went on to gain a Grammy Award nomination in 2015.
Lowe is a remix DJ who has turned to the work of Snow Patrol and 3 The Hard Way, among others. His input on remixed versions of Kill the Noise's “Lightspeed” can also be heard. In 2009, Lowe put out his remix of Kasabian's “Vlad the Impaler”.
Zane Lowe's live work
As a performance DJ, Lowe has taken to the stage at a large number of festivals in Europe and Australia. These include Glastonbury, Bestival and Creamfields, among many more. He has worked as a support act for many live bands, as well. For example, Lowe has opened shows for the Prodigy, Muse, Foo Fighters and The Weeknd.
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