Shift K3Y

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Shift K3Y
Birth nameLewis Shay Jankel
Born (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 25)[1]
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present

Lewis Shay Jankel (born 27 May 1993),[2][3] known by his stage name Shift K3Y, is a British DJ, record producer, singer and songwriter, from London. He is best known for his 2014 singles "Touch", which peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart, and "I Know".


2011–12: Early career and record deals[edit]

Jankel released his debut EP Step in the City on 12 December 2011, through Marco Del Horno's record label Bullet Train. "Manage Ya", one of the EP tracks, was supported by BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs including MistaJam and Toddla T.[4] On 23 July 2012, he released his second EP Left and Right with the label. Throughout the year, he released many remixes and bootlegs. Towards the end of 2012, he gained the attention of Borgore's record label Buygore and his song "Wiggle With It" featured exclusively on the label's Buygore Allstars Vol. 1 compilation. He released his third EP Let You Down through Buygore, and the track "Geeky Playtime" gained exposure through being uploaded to UKF.[5]

2013–present: Breakthrough[edit]

In 2013, Jankel changed his stage name from Shift Key to Shift K3Y. In March 2013, he released his fourth EP Frozen, through Buygore.[6] He remixed Tinie Tempah's song "Trampoline", which was premiered by SB.TV (as the first of their SB.TV Beats features)[7] and topped the Beatport hip hop charts. He also remixed AlunaGeorge's "Attracting Flies", and the remix was heavily supported by 1Xtra. Throughout 2013, he released three free singles: "Keep Ya Mouth Shut (Things People Say)" featuring Griminal; "Make It Good"; and "Laughing At You" which features vocals by his girlfriend Ruby Francis. On 13 April 2014, he released his breakthrough single "Touch".[8] On 16 April 2014, the song was at number 3 on The Official Chart Update in the UK.[9] On 20 April 2014, the song managed to maintain its position and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 3, making it his first UK top 5 single.[10] The follow-up single, "I Know", was released on 21 September 2014. It reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. A non-single, titled "Not Into It (LA Mix)", samples vocals from "Long Way 2 Go" by Cassie and premiered on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show on 10 October 2014.[11] Jankel's third mainstream single, "Name & Number", was released on 3 May 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Shift K3Y is the son of Chaz Jankel, a British singer, songwriter, composer and record producer and his wife Elaine O'Halloran.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Step in the City
Left and Right
  • Released: 23 July 2012
  • Label: Bullet Train
  • Format: Digital download
The Musicool
(with Marcus Clarke)
  • Released: 2012
  • Format: Free digital download
Let You Down
  • Released: 19 November 2012
  • Label: Buygore
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: 25 March 2013
  • Label: Buygore
  • Format: Digital download
Off the Record
  • Released: 27 August 2015
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: Digital download


Single Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
UK Dance
"Touch" 2014 3 3 6
  • BPI: Silver
Non-album singles
"I Know" 25 6 23
"Name & Number" 2015
"Gone Missing"
(featuring BB Diamond)
"Only You" 2018 TBA
(featuring A*M*E)
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles[edit]

Single Year Album
"Keep Ya Mouth Shut (Things People Say)"
(featuring Griminal)
2013 Non-album singles
"Make It Good"
"Laughing at You"
(featuring Ruby Francis)
"Not Into It" 2014
"Crazy" (featuring Linden Jay) 2015
"Laughing At You" (featuring Ruby Francis)
"Like This" 2016
"The Underground"

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credit(s)
"La Plage"
(featuring Bipolar Sunshine)
2013 Murkage Of Mystics & Misfits Producer
"Stranger" 2014 Leo Kalyan Non-album single Co-writer/Producer
"Not Letting Go"
(featuring Jess Glynne)
2015 Tinie Tempah Youth Co-writer/Additional producer
"Daily Duppy Pt. I" Stormzy Daily Duppy: Best of Season 4 Producer
"Keeping You Up" KStewart Non-album single
"MOVE" 2016 Ruby Francis
"Girls Like"
(featuring Zara Larsson)
Tinie Tempah Youth Co-writer
"Bounce" Non-album single Co-writer/Producer
"Warm" Becky Hill Eko EP
"Lightwork" 2017 Tinie Tempah Youth
"Holy Moly"
"Memory Lane"
(featuring Tom Grennan)
Bugzy Malone King of the North EP Producer
"Man or a Monster" 2018 BB Diamond Non-album single
"Distraction" Kate Stewart In the Beginning EP Co-writer/Producer


Single Year Artist
"Party" (Bootleg) 2012 Beyoncé
(featuring André 3000)
"Straight to the Bank" (Bootleg) 50 Cent
"Soldier" (Bootleg) Destiny's Child
(featuring T.I. and Lil Wayne)
"Thong Song" (Bootleg) Sisqó
"Airwave Hustler" Mercedes
(with Linden Jay)
Marcus James
"Get Right" (Bootleg) 2013 Jennifer Lopez
"Attracting Flies" AlunaGeorge
"Trampoline" Tinie Tempah
(featuring 2 Chainz)
"Change Your Life" Iggy Azalea
"Touch" 2014 Shift K3Y
"Wrote a Song About You" MNEK
"Get Low" Dillon Francis and DJ Snake
"Change" Mapei
"I Know" Shift K3Y
"You & I (Forever)" Jessie Ware
"Talking Body" 2015 Tove Lo
"Flicka Da Wrist" (Shift K3Y VIP) Chedda Da Connect
"Let You Have Me" (Shift K3Y VIP) Shift K3Y
"No Scrubs" (Shift K3Y VIP) TLC
"Own Life" 2016 Vindata
(featuring Anderson .Paak)
"Luv U Giv" Tommy Trash
"Jumanji" 2018 B Young
"Just Fine"[16] Not3s


  1. ^ Michael Cragg (3 March 2014). "Shift Key – Touch: New music". The Guardian.
  2. ^ K3Y, Shift (26 May 2015). "Its my birthday in ten minutes". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. ^ K3Y, Shift (26 May 2015). "22 is the best double number age by far tho". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Shift K3Y's stream on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Shift Key – Geeky Playtime". UKF Music on YouTube. 10 October 2012.
  6. ^ "iTunes – Music – Frozen – EP by Shift K3Y". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Tinie Tempah ft. 2 Chainz – Trampoline (Shift K3Y Remix): SB.TV Beats". YouTube. 19 July 2013.
  8. ^ "‎Touch - EP by Shift K3Y". Retrieved 4 January 2019 – via
  9. ^ Corner, Lewis (16 April 2014). "Paolo Nutini, Kiesza lead midweek chart". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  10. ^ Rigby, Sam (20 April 2014). "Kiesza claims UK No.1 with 'Hideaway'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Annie Mac, Friend Within Special Delivery & Andy C Live Mini Mix". BBC Radio 1. 10 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  13. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  14. ^ Peak positions for the Dance singles in the UK:
  15. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  16. ^ "Just Fine (Shift K3Y Remix) - Single by Not3s". iTunes. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

External links[edit]