Interview: Zane Lowe
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He’s the excitable voice of new music on Radio 1, and one of the faces of Relentless Live. The National Student spoke to DJ Zane Lowe before his set at this month’s massive Relentless shindig... Tell us a little bit about your involvement with Relentless and Relentless Live It’s been almost a year since we started planning, and I’ve had so much fun doing it. We thought long and heard about doing it, we looked at the work that Relentless had done with festivals, their attitude to music, and their long term support of artist – it’s very similar to what we do, supporting new artists and getting their music heard. As a great supporter of new music, is there anyone you recommend we should check out? Rock and roll acts are doing great things at the moment. I love Lorde, Royal Blood, Circle Waves, Lonely The Brave, Rad Key and Kytro. The world of music right now feels very broad and exciting, and complementary […]no matter what style or genre we go to its all of a really good standard, it’s very exciting. Do you have any advice for someone hoping to get into the music industry? Do it for the right reasons. The world of music and media is very different now and we need people with smart ideas and who love the whole process. If you want to be a DJ, you need to focus your interests - get as much experience under your belt as you can, and be able to say, “I want to do….”. Have a clear idea in your head, even as specific as what show or label you want to work for, or which band you wish you’d signed. If you know where you want to end up then you have the clearest path, there’s not much that can stop you. What do you think about the recent controversies over ‘Blurred Lines’ and Miley Cyrus? It’s not my place to comment, who needs another opinion? ‘Blurred Line’s is just another radio hit to me, and Miley is so out of my frame of reference, I wouldn’t support that kind of music. Do you have a favourite band at the moment? Wow, well I’m obsessed with Lonely The Brave at the moment, they create a great energy with their music. Also, Mumford and Sons, and Laura Marling. They are great lyricists and can really speak to their fans through their songs. I think we need more rock bands that can create that sense of total invincibility, I don’t get that feeling in a club, I get that from a rock band. Are there any genres of music that you don’t like?
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