On Tuesday (June 30) Apple Music finally launches, and with it comes a host of new artist-fronted shows courtesy of the service’s online radio station, Beats 1. Helmed by former Radio 1 star Zane Lowe, Beats 1 will also feature a number of slots led by musicians including St. Vincent, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dr. Dre. Here are 15 other artists-turned-radio presenters who’ve already nailed the transition.
Jarvis’ Sunday Service on 6Music
There are few more soothing voices than that of Mr. Cocker, which is likely why Jarv was chosen to present 6Music’s Sunday afternoon hangover slot. If you want an even more pleasant lullaby, then check out ‘Jarvis Cocker’s Wireless Nights’ on Radio 4, where the Pulp legend “explores the human condition after dark with stories of night people”.
James Blake on Radio 1’s Residency
In 2014, James Blake popped down to the Radio 1 studios for a stint on the station’s dance and electronica show Residency. Spinning tunes by everyone from Kanye to Real Lies, the Mercury Award winner added his name to a prestigious list of Residency artists including Jon Hopkins and Sohn.
Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan
Wind the clock back a little, meanwhile, and you can catch up with ‘Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour’. Broadcasting between May 2006 and April 2009, the weekly one-hour show featured music, chats and phone ins centred around themes such as flowers and money. What’s not to love?
Iggy Confidential on 6Music
How could you sniff at a musical education from a man’s who’s literally called Mr. Pop? Growling his way through the Friday night slot, Iggy dishes out an eclectic set that’ll shake you out of your tired slump and boot you into the weekend. Expect anything from Sleaford Mods to Hendrix.
Diplo & Friends on 1Xtra
Unsurprisingly for one of the biggest EDM DJs in the world, Diplo is a pretty well-connected guy. On this show for BBC Radio 1Xtra, he puts his heaving Rolodex to good use, bringing in some famous musical pals to contribute mixes.
Flying Lotus’ Radio 1 Residency
Joining the Radio 1 Residency squad in 2015 was FlyLo, who managed to squeeze an interview with Kendrick Lamar into one of his early shows alongside some typically wide-ranging music choices, from Tom Tom Club to Run The Jewels to Electric Light Orchestra.
These days, BBC staple Laverne is more known for her radio skills than her pop career but, of course, Lauren started off as the frontwoman for bad-ass, 90s indie-pop troupe Kenickie. Now though, catch her daily on 6Music, presenting the channel’s festival coverage and being a general all-round legend.
Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on 6Music
If you could pick any musician to sit down with at your local, sup a pint or five of mild and have them regale you with slightly blue anecdotes about their time in the biz, Elbow’s Guy Garvey would surely be in the Top Five. Picking tunes and telling stories, Garvey’s Finest Hour is one of the most comforting things on air.
Dave Rowntree on XFM
He may not be Blur’s gobbiest mouthpiece, but drummer Dave Rowntree definitely knows a thing or two about new music. Bringing in ace new buzz bands from London’s The Big Moon to synth-pop types All Tvvins, Rowntree adds ‘presenter’ to a CV that already includes ‘politician’ and ‘member of one of the best bands ever’. Show off.
Cerys Matthews on 6Music
Ah, lovely Cerys and her lovely, Welsh lilt. The Catatonia singer has been a staple on the airwaves since 2008, tying a broad array of leftfield tunes together with a radio voice so calm it could probably be used as a military tool to get criminals to just chill the fuck out. Catch her on Sunday mornings.
Toddla T on 1Xtra
Hyping people up for the weekend on BBC Radio’s ‘urban channel’, Toddla T’s show is a mix of banging tunes and special guests. Toddla also gets some pretty exciting exclusives from his musical pals, like a recent premiere from Wiley feat. JME.
Damian from Fucked Up’s ‘Turned Out A Punk’ podcast
Fucked Up’s topless, wild-eyed frontman Damian Abrahams started a weekly podcast in 2014, chatting to a variety of guests who grew up listening to punk. Rather than a host of obvious hardcore names, however, Abrahams’ guests include Arcade Fire and rapper Antwon. Educational.
Erol Alkan’s 6Music residency
The hugely respected DJ, producer and label-founder has popped into 6Music a number of times to lend his golden touch to the station. As one of the more recent additions to the Residency crew, he’s already proving to be a jewel in the crown.
Huey Morgan on Radio 2
When he’s not busy fronting Fun Loving Criminals or storming off set in a huff on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Huey Morgan spends a fair whack of his time on air. There’s the singer’s Radio 2 show, which has been running since 2010, and also ‘The Huey Show’ on 6Music.
At Home With Keith Richards on 6Music
While a glimpse around legendary mortality-defying rock’n’roll icon Keith Richards’ actual house might scorch your retinas for life, this audio trawl through the ridiculous world of Keef is clearly essential listening. If you’re after an anecdote, they literally won’t come better than these.