Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig to host radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station

Singer joins a roster that includes the likes of Josh Homme, Drake, St Vincent and more

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig will host a new radio show, airing on Apple Music‘s new Beats 1 station.

Apple’s long-awaited music streaming service was launched last week. Its features include on-demand streaming, social networking that allows artists to connect with their fans and the aforementioned 24/7 radio station Beats 1.

With the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Drake, Run The Jewels, St Vincent, Disclosure, Dr Dre, Pharrell Williams and more already signing up to front shows on the station, Koenig’s show has now been newly announced.


The first episode of ‘Time Crisis With Ezra Koenig’ will broadcast on Sunday (July 12). It will air every other Sunday, alternating with Pharrell’s show.

Speaking on Twitter, Koenig has promised to “play some Billy Joel” during his show.


Meanwhile, Koenig recently gave fans an update on the band’s next record, confirming that the band are “gearing up to start working on another album”.

The US group released their third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ in 2013. Since then members of the band have pursued collaborative projects outside of the group.

Speaking in a new interview, the lead singer said a fourth Vampire Weekend album will happen, though an arrival date is some way off: “Right now we’re definitely gearing up to start working on another album but, we’re not in a zone of like getting in there everyday or anything. There have been discussions, of course there’s…in some ways, you know, we’re always working,” he said.

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Koenig also suggested that older material that was deemed not right for previous albums could make its way onto album number four. “There are songs that are left over, not to diminish them, but songs that just weren’t quite right for the last album that I’m very excited about for the next album, so you know there’s little demos that I kind of listen to everyday.”

Elsewhere in the interview with the No Effects podcast, Koenig said that he’s in no rush to release the new album and sees it as heralding a new period for the band when it does arrive.

“In some ways those three albums was like kind of one massive period of obsessing, making music, touring, all those things,” he said. “And I think now for the first time in a long time I kinda feel like, a little bit more relaxed like ‘Yeah we’ll definitely make a fourth album.’ I’m not in a rush to dive into making an album because I feel like I want the next album to kinda feel like a new era anyway, so I’ve been kind of enjoying this time just chilling.”