Zane Lowe teams with Relentless
Zane Lowe's dynamic personality has landed him another gig.
MTV has ordered a new music series fronted by Lowe, purchasing at least six half-hour episodes of "Relentless Presents Soundchain" from indie JJ Stereo, which has also produced Channel 4's "Ibiza Rocks" and "The Saturdays on Tour."
Lowe's new show, which is due to launch in July, will be sponsored by energy drink Relentless and will reportedly showcase both new bands and established artists. It will also feature interviews and live sets, and will mark Lowe's move back into television after the Radio1 host previously fronted MTV's "Gonzo" and had a pilot with Channel 4 titled "Sooner… with Zane Lowe."
Virginia Monaghan, vice president of music commissioning and content, MTV Networks UK said, "Zane is a genuine MTV icon and we couldn't wish for anyone more suitable to host Soundchain."
Sam Grant, Relentless Energy Drink marketing manager also commented, "Continuing our relationship with Zane and telling compelling stories of achievement from music heroes will inspire our audience to achieve success doing what they love."
Though Lowe is likely to have his hands full with the new project, he's certainly not abandoning his music. In fact, the world-famous DJ was on the decks at Wonderland (Maidstone) recently, and has a full calendar of dates booked through August. You can catch him everywhere from Oceana Southampton (England) to the W.A.R. at Ibiza Rocks (Spain) on July 11th. He'll also play the Sundown Festival in Norfolk on August 30th.
Meet the DJ who's just a little bit Zane-y (Created May 1, 2013)
Call him Zane. Call him Zipper. Call him Zip. Just don't call Alexander Zane Reid Lowe unsuccessful. A radio DJ, record producer and television personality, this 'kiwi' (as New Zealanders are oft referred) traveled from his homeland to the USA, and ultimately ended up in England working for both London's XFM and BBC Radio.
Before he was a DJ, Zane Lowe was in a hip-hop urban group for the better part of seven years. Known as "Urban Distance," the group released the album "37 Degrees Latitute" in 1994. Lowe then became a member of Breaks Co-op (with Andy Lovegrove and Hamish Clark), and they released two albums in New Zealand – "Roofers" in 1997 and "The Sound Inside" in 2005.
Before moving to BBC radio, Lowe worked for years with London's XFM. But he's been on Radio 1 since 2003, where he plays a variety of alternative music, including rock, dance, drum and bass, and hip hop. He was also the presenter of the MTV Rocks show "Gonzo," having been a former VJ on MTV, where he presented "Brand:New."
Zane has won numerous awards throughout his career, including Best Radio Show and Best TV Show, respectively, at the NME Awards in 2006. His streak of winning Best Radio Show, in fact, would go on to last three years, as he captured the title in both 2007 and also in 2008. He also won the Gold Award in The Specialist Music Programme Award, and Music Broadcaster of the Year categories at the 2006, 2010 and 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards.
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