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Name: Zane Lowe
DOB: 7 August 1973
Birth Place: New Zealand
Claim to fame: Radio1 DJ and TV presenter
- Zane is married with two sons, Jackson and Lucius
- He saved Cribs guitarist Ryan Jarman's life at the 2006 NME Awards after he dived onto a table of broken glass
- Zane’s nickname is Zipper
- He was the first person to play Crazy by Gnarls Barkley on the radio
Lifelong music obsessive Zane was born in New Zealand, but decided to emigrate, driving his way across America before hopping the pond to the UK. Involved in the hip hop scene over here, Zane got into DJing, working for London’s XFM for a few years before he hit the big time and switched to Radio 1.
His show debuted in June 2003, with Zane taking over the evening slot from Colin Murray, who in turn had replaced Steve Lamacq’s Evening Session. The Zane Lowe Show now runs four nights a week, Monday to Thursday, showcasing the latest sounds from the alternative music scene, with a good dollop of hip hop thrown in.
Alongside his radio work, Zane’s been an MTV VJ since 1997, presenting shows like Up 4 It and Brand:New, before landing his own new music show Gonzo on MTV 2 in 2002. The weekly show features new videos from the alternative music scene, live performances, interviews and music news. Zane presented Gonzo until October 2010 when he handed the torch to alterna-music babe Alexa Chung.
As well as introducing new music to the nation, Zane makes music of his own. Before his DJ career kicked off, Zane was in a hip hop group called Urban Disturbance for seven years. He’s currently a member of Breaks Co-op and the group have released two albums, Roofers in 1997 and The Sound Inside in 2005.