Zane Lowe is celebrating the 200th installment of Apple Music’s One Mix series with a mix from a very special artist — himself.
The longtime DJ and Global Creative Director and host at Apple Music — a man with one of the world’s great radio voices — has assembled a mix leaning heavily into hip-hop and house and featuring tracks from Lee Foss, Diplo and Lowe’s personal heroes, The Chemical Brothers.
“This is my first mix in a few years now,” Lowe says, “so I was really excited, and also a little bit nervous to put it together. I really had to ask myself what I want to play, and what I want to play going forward. Because having not been so active in the clubs and behind the decks for the last three or four years, a lot’s changed, and my tastes have changed. I really had to give that some serious thought and go for a place where it felt right rather than just overthink it. So the feeling of this mix is very hip-hop, even though it was all four on the floor, it feels like it has hip-hop influence to it. There’s a real strong kind of tribal thread that goes throughout it. A lot of loud percussion.”
The list of the previous One Mix guest DJs is a legitimate who’s who of contemporary dance music, with artists including Eric Prydz, Boyz Noise, The Chainsmokers, Maya Jane Coles, Armand Van Helden, Zedd, Destructo, Avicii, Tchami, Nora En Pure, Camelphat, Tiësto and many more dropping mixes throughout the last few years. Now, the host is running the show.
“For me, making this mix has been a great process,” Lowe continues, “allowing me to discover a lot of new dance music, because it’s one of the most productive and fast-paced scenes in music. And even though I do my best to listen to as much music as possible, not having toured and DJed as much means that I haven’t really been as dialed in as I was when I was really active. So I’ve been going out digging a lot, asking a lot of my friends who are playing out what’s moving, and really just opening my ears and exposing myself to how much dance music has grown in the last three or four years on the underground and above.”
Apple Music subscribers can hear the mix below. Everyone else can hear it airing live today (June 14) on Apple Music’s Beats 1 at 12pm Pacific and 3pm Eastern.