His enthusiasm for music has never wavered but it was his access to some of the most famous artists that transformed Zane Lowe from a superfan into one of the world's biggest DJs.
These days he is renowned for interviewing the likes of Kanye West, Lorde, Adele, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Amy Shark, but even since his humble beginnings Lowe's creative endeavours have demonstrated an understanding of music which run deeper than most.
For as long as the New Zealand-born presenter can remember, he was naturally pulled toward the melody and rhythm of music.
'For me it just stuck. I would just go down to my parent's record collection when I was super young and just rifle through the vinyl and just ask them ''put this one on'' or ''put this one on'',' Lowe told Daily Mail Australia.
'I just remember that it was something I just got lost in.
Disc jockey and radio presenter Zane Lowe (pictured) was always destined for a career in music
His ability to speak candidly with the world's top music artists has made him respected internationally by his guests and his audience (pictured: Kendrick Lamar)
Lowe is renowned as a tastemaker within the industry who gives a voice to up and coming talent (pictured: Winston Surfshirt at Lowe's Beats 1 pop-up Sydney studio)
'When I was old enough to understand where that voice came from, where those words came from, where those melodies, that playing a performance came from - and it came from somewhere that was very driving and very deep - that's when I realised, ''okay, this is more than just entertainment'' - this is really a form - for some people, a deep form, of expression and for other people, its survival.'
Lowe would appreciate key moments where music could resonate with his family and friends, before analysing how it emotionally resonated with him.
'It allowed me to feel things I didn't know - that I wasn't sure I could I feel without music.
'It's just kind of always been something that I've moved with in my life and I've always felt that this was my primary passion.'
His natural attachment with music saw Lowe make his own with rap group Urban Disturbance, before getting a taste of success with the two albums released as one third of the rule-defying Kiwi band Breaks Co-Op.
Lowe's ability to pick talent as they emerge has placed him as a curator of trending music on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio
Through his interviews with talent such as Adele (pictured) he reveals the creation and ideas behind some of trending music's top tracks
With an ear for genuine artists who possess an authentic, creative flair he built his knack for on air presenting at music station Max TV throughout the mid 90s before taking on the world in 1997 and making the move to the UK.
Lowe relocating wasn't as much as turning his back on his hometown as it was taking a risk to represent it.
'It was never about ''getting out'', it was about, "let me see what's out here." I always felt like home was close and I always really appreciated that.'
With a wry smile Lowe reflected on a moment when 'Don't Dream It's Over' singer and local icon Neil Finn offered some advice for the big move.
'I remember him saying to me, "So, you're going to go travelling?" I said, "Yeah, yeah, I'm going to go to London and see what I can achieve.''
'He said, "Cool, well, you know. I have no doubt it will work out for you in some respects but don't be afraid because just remember, man, sometimes you have to leave home to come back.''
'I always remember that. It really stuck with me because there were moments when I felt like, "Oh, this is not working'' and ''I can't break through'' and ''I can't get through," I always felt like home was never too far away.'
These days he is synonymous with interview Kanye West, Lorde, Adele, Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga, Winston Surfshirt and Amy Shark (pictured: The Weeknd)
Lowe reveals that at the heart of his endeavours, he is really just a fan of music, wanting to get as close to the process as possible
in 1997, Lowe moved from New Zealand to the UK with a chance to represent where he came from
With Finn's advice on board, Lowe went from success to success but found no real necessity to return to New Zealand.
After stints at XFM and MTV, he went on to establish a vital role in his career at BBC's Radio One where he stayed for 13 years, forming pivotal relationships with artists, growing an ever-expanding audience and maturing his taste.
He defines good music as songs ones from artists who possess longevity, express sincerity and, most importantly, encapsulate the art of moving a listener to feel something.
'The beautiful thing about music is it can make you feel triumphant, it can make you feel sad, but you never feel alone.
'I think that, even when we're all at a place where we feel our most vulnerable, then there's always somebody out there that can share an experience that can make you understand you're not alone. That universal quality of art - art does that.