Zane Lowe

Zane Lowe at The Troxy in London on Nov. 22, 2014.

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BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe is still in shock about his just-announced decision to leave the venerable broadcaster -- and London -- to work for Apple's new radio service in Los Angeles.

"It's not easy being faced with the prospect of leaving somewhere as amazing as the BBC," he tells The Guardian in a new interview. "It's about the best place I've ever worked in my life. And it's got the most inspiring people, who do things for all the right reasons -- because they love it, they feel proud to do it there, they feel honoured at the privilege of being able to do it for the people, and they take that responsibility very seriously. And you don't leave. You just don't."

BBC Radio 1 Host Zane Lowe Leaving to Join Apple

Lowe, who joined BBC Radio 1 in 2003, confirmed over the weekend that his last day will be on March 5. Apple calls Lowe "one of the foremost music tastemekers in the world," however the company has not disclosed what his role will be. Lowe also keeps a lid on it in the Guardian interview, but went on to articulate his vision when begins the new job.

"I really want a platform for the most passionate people who love music," he says. "I want to be able to bring that human experience, that we all had growing up with record stores, but actually make it something you can listen to in a world where you're left to your own devices."

Read the full interview here.