Influential DJ Zane Lowe Leaving BBC Radio 1

The British broadcaster's resident tastemaker and champion of emerging music will take an unspecified job at Apple

Zane Lowe DJ's on stage during BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend on May 23, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Credit: Jo Hale/Redferns via Getty Images

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who shared his keen ear for emerging new music with the famed British broadcaster for a dozen years, has announced that he will be leaving his tastemaking program on March 5th. "I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship," Lowe said in a statement. "The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country's best music fans." Annie Mac will take over Lowe's weekday evening new music show starting March 9th, the BBC reports.

Lowe is leaving his BBC Radio 1 role in order to begin an unspecified job at Apple. "Zane is one of the foremost music tastemakers in the world and a legendary music curator. We're excited to have him join the music team," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to Billboard.

While American audiences are likely unfamiliar with Lowe himself, they're probably aware of the many bands whose careers the DJ helped kickstart when he named their new single "the hottest record in the world." The New Zealand-born DJ also hosted scores of interviews with his Zane Lowe Meets program; one of those chats, a conversation with Kanye West, was later mocked by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, leading to a beef between the rapper and the late night host.

Lowe's talent for recognizing good music soon led him to production and songwriting, with the DJ teaming up with Sam Smith to co-write "Restart," a track that appears on the deluxe edition of Smith's Album of the Year Grammy-nominated In the Lonely Hour.