Lowe presents his final show for BBC Radio 1 tonight (March 5)
The hashtag #thankszane is trending on Twitter in anticipation of the well-loved DJ’s final show for Radio 1, which airs tonight (March 5).
Artists including Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, The Black Keys, Peace, Chvrches, Foals and The National have taken to the internet to praise the New Zealand-born champion of new music. Among them, Jamie T wrote: “I cant thank this man enough for the support he’s given me over the years.” Read a selection below.
Meanwhile, Mark Ronson posted a longform tribute on Instagram, which described how Lowe has helped him at various points in his career. Recalling his first ever conversation with Lowe, Ronson wrote: “I remember he did talk really fast. And I also remember being taken aback that he was the first person i had ever spoken to who seemed to get everything about the record [his debut ‘Here Comes The Fuzz’] from MOP to Rivers Cuomo. He got where I was coming from, probably cause he came from the same era. We were both unashamed music freaks who grew up in the golden era of hip-hop but also loved guitars.”
Lowe is leaving the BBC to work for Apple in the US. He has hosted the night-time show, which is broadcast Monday to Thursday 7-9pm, since 2003, and will be replaced by Annie Mac.
Announcing his departure, Lowe said: “The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead.”
In recent years Lowe’s global profile has extended with a number of headline-making interviews including Kanye West, Eminem and Jay Z. Details of his new position at Apple are yet to be specified.
Lowe’s final programme begins at 7pm on BBC Radio 1.