Musicians, media and fellow DJs have paid tribute to the “UK radio’s best DJ”, Zane Lowe, after his last ever show aired on BBC Radio 1 last night (Thursday, March 5).
Lowe is leaving after 12 years at the station for a role at Apple in the US. Annie Mac will now take over the weekday evening new music show.
The two-hour slot last night featured favourite songs from Lowe and his team over the years, including tracks by Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, The Streets, Friendly Fires, The White Stripes, The Middle East, The Killers, Dizzee Rascal and Kanye West. His farewell track was A Song For The Dead by Queens of the Stone Age.
Said Lowe: “Thanks for nearly 12 years of incredible memories, of feedback, of sharing this show, of sharing music with me.”
Mark Ronson praised the DJ and tastemaker for being “the first person I had ever spoken to who seemed to get everything about where I was coming from” and for playing, and shaping, his music over the years.
“[Zane Lowe championing tracks of mine] is a lot of the reason that I probably have a career,” said Ronson in a Facebook post. “So thank you Zane, and thanks for the tunes.”
Meanwhile, Popjustice hailed Lowe for being responsible for “a lot of” the shift in music fans being more receptive than ever before to multiple genres: “His legacy, if nothing else, is a partial ceasefire in the genre wars.
“Nobody else at that station gets or gets excited by music in the way Zane gets and gets excited by it. That excitement is contagious: playing new music is one thing, but championing that music is something very different, and hearing Zane going berserk about a new tune was always a joy. UK radio loses its best DJ tonight.”
Pete Tong, Liam Fray of The Courtneers and execs from Transgressive, Dirty Hit, The Box, Big Life Management and Atlantic Records are amongst those paying tribute via Twitter