Zane Lowe wasn't afraid to play tracks which would not normally fit in Radio 1's main playlist, as he marked his final show with Coldplay co-producer, Jon Hopkins and his track, Open Eye Signal, which played before Ghost Stories concerts started, last year. Looking back on to 2008 and he debuted Coldplay's A Spell A Rebel Yell, the Vinyl B-Side from their Violet Hill single, a track which wasn't expected to ever be heard on radio, given its obscure nature and non radio friendly sound.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJDGROuiKpQIn 2011, Coldplay were preparing for their fifth record, as they tell us, on Zane Lowe's show how the record is about “love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don’t like”. The legendary DJ had a special way with engaging with artists during his time with Radio 1 and Chris Martin stands out as one of them. Almost every time we've heard Zane interview any of the guys, we always find out something new and interesting! Chris gave us a clue that the then un-titled fifth album, Mylo Xyloto would be an uplifting affair:
Thank you for everything @zanelowe, the living antidote to cynicism, love j, g w, c #thankszane #hottestpersonintheworldrightnow— Coldplay (@coldplay) March 5, 2015
In recent times, the pair's friendship has solidified further, with Chris Martin trusting Zane to conduct an intimate interview on last year's album, Ghost Stories, where he talked about his personal reasons for making the album. The interview ranks very high among the most in depth and interesting chats. The 1 hour, 9 minutes long interview had it all. Personal revelations, Chris' trademark sense of humour, stories of Chris and Jonny, Paradise originally being written as the X-Factor's winning song, until Chris showed drummer, Will Champion, who kept it for the band instead! This video will never get old and sums up everything brilliant about Zane Lowe's interviewing skills:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pF7bS_4JnE&t=240And we have this brilliant quote from that interview, summing up the idea behind Coldplay's sixth record, Ghost Stories:
That was not all. More recently, his presence and level of trust with Coldplay's frontman prompted the revelation of the next album title, A Head Full Of Dreams, much the annoyance of the rest of the band! He also compared the band's next effort to the final Harry Potter book / as a last in a series. Zane's future is unknown, as his role with Apple is currently undisclosed. If he takes up a similar role in North America, it may not the final time we see his joyous interviews with the band. Here's an ode to Zane - we wish him all the best with his new role!
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