Getting the Lowe down with Zane Lowe

He's cool, he's calm and he's most certainly collected. There was something quite disarming yet comfortable sitting down with Zane Lowe.

People may remember him from his day opening for Skrillex and the Foofighters, being a DJ on BBC Radio 1, or even his days running around in the Hauraki studios, but he's certainly made his mark on the world.

Lowe is now Spotify rival Apple Music's frontman as the company launches two new radio stations and rebrands 'Beats 1' - the company's flagship global radio station - as 'Apple Music 1'. 

"It's such a strong statement for Apple to be making for radio, for artists, for fans," Lowe tells Newshub.

"Apple has shown the world that they believe in us and that they appreciate what we built, and what they built with us, and we've extended that into different spaces.

"If you love music, even if you like music, even if you just want music in your life then give yourself an opportunity to access as and whenever you want. Don't be restricted by what's sitting on your shelf." 

Lowe has made a name for himself with high-profile interviews in which artists are said to lower their guards and divulge their deepest, darkest selves.

He says that's because artists feel safe in a space where he's not trying to fill, by protecting them or making it easier for them. Instead, he's treating them as equals. 

"Looking at artists far more as people and less as heroes, musicians, talents. You know… real people, real stories, real emotions, real challenge, real triumph."

From Justin Bieber and Haley Williams, to Keith Urban and Lady Gaga, and most recently, our very own Benee. Time and time again, Lowe has demonstrated just why some believe him to be the music industry's most trusted interviewer. 

"We have to look at people as people, no matter how much we love them," he says.

And the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Lowe's own father, Derek, was one of founders of Hauraki and Radio Pacfic. 

Lowe says he never really understood his father's achievements until later in life. 

"My dad was a huge inspiration to me as a kid - I just didn't realise it as a kid you know," he says.

"I think I was itching for my own glory and it took me a while to work out that I shouldn't run from the lessons that I had learnt from him and his achievements, I should embrace them." 

While Lowe says Los Angeles is home for now, New Zealand will always be significant to him.

"I went home and I saw my mum at the end of last year and we had a few weeks driving around - this little road trip, and I was so proud to be from New Zealand, and I always have been, but it really landed for me in a big way. I felt very connected." 

So could we see Lowe embracing those same opportunities back home? He says never say never.

"If you ever feel the pull to come home, you should. You have to leave to come home and you recognise it and see it differently," he says.   

"[New Zealand] is who we are - it's who me and my wife are, our kids know who they are, they know where they're from and they were born in London, but trust me, they feel as New Zealand as we do." 

The full video interview with Lowe can be viewed above.