You are unlikely to talk to anybody more passionate about music than Zane Lowe. The New Zealand-born DJ is one of the world's most influential tastemakers and his show on BBC Radio 1 airs in prime time four nights a week and is streamed throughout the world.
For the third year in a row, Lowe is touring Australia on the Future Music Festival and, after experiencing pretty much every music festival worth a damn on this planet, he's still very excited to return Down Under.
"I love Future because it's always diverse across genre, and they're only moved by what's exciting," he says.
"For me to be coming back there and playing is based around two major reasons. One is that the first time I came out nobody knew who I was and in the second year it felt like we were getting somewhere and I wanna work it. Number two, if The Prodigy ask you to be involved in something, which they've done for me luckily a few times, you just don't say no."
After tipping Borgore and Madeon among the hot acts at Future, he reveals some more of his picks for 2013. "I think you're hard-pressed to ignore a guy like Baauer if you're into your club music," he says.
"The kind of music he's making is this instrumental hip-hop, they call it 'trap' and it's just really fascinating. I think he's going to have a phenomenal year. I think anything on the Black Butter recording label is going to be something to look out for, same thing with the Communion record label."
Lowe has a close relationship with Perth-raised Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen of Knife Party and Pendulum. Like Lowe, those two lads left the relative isolation of living Down Under to chase their dreams in the UK, and Lowe toured the US with them late last year.
"The reason I get along really well with those guys is because where I'm from and where they're from, we have similar stories of what kind of music we listened to when we were growing up, and why we wanted to travel," Lowe says.
"When you travel as far away from the place you call home and the family that you love and the people that you left, and you go and do the thing that you want to do, it's nice to meet like-minded people who understand why I love music," he adds.
"But they understand, they get that, they talk about it and they know."Zane Lowe plays Future Music Festival on Sunday. Tickets from Ticketmaster outlets.
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