Shift K3Y Interview

Getting to know Shift K3Y

Shift K3Y talks to Your Future Mixtape about new single ‘Gone Missing’


Following the huge success of previous UK chart hits ‘I Know‘ and ‘Touch‘, Shift K3Y returns with his 4th single via Columbia Records, ‘Gone Missing‘. The song will feature on his forthcoming debut album, which has already seen contributions from the likes of Chaka Khan, DJ Mustard, MNEK and James Fauntleroy. The track is already sitting comfortably in BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA playlists and has racked up over 1.1 million* streams alone on Spotify.

Your Future Mixtape caught up with Shift K3Y to talk touring, plans for 2016 and why ‘Gone Missing‘ has taken two years to be released, so have a read and enjoy!

Hello! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself (for those of you who don’t know you)?

I am Lewis, Shift K3Y – I am 22 years old, from North London and I like Call Of Duty.

From what age did you realise music is what you wanted to do for a living?

I was 5 when I first realised music was my passion. Being around my dad and watching him do what he did, inspired me to want to pursue a career in music and i’m lucky enough to be doing this today.

How does it feel to have your music played on global stations such as BBC Radio 1, Capital FM and KISS FM?

It feels really good to know that the hard work, with the right focus. It also helps to have a team of talented individuals that can help fight your corner.

Touch’ and ‘I Know’ are such huge singles, with over 15.5 million streams* alone on Spotify. Did you ever expect them to be as popular as they are?

No. Never once did I expect such an amazing response from either single. This proves my beliefs in hard work and focus, even more. It’s great to see people enjoying the work that I’ve spent so long creating.

Your new single ‘Gone Missing’ has been a long time in the making, I hear. What made you decide that early 2016 was the ideal time to release the single?

I think there’s something about the new school UKG sound that indicates now is the right time to put out a single with this sound. “Gone Missing’ was made in March 2014, and it took me a while to find the right vocalist that not only was available to do it but could deliver the performance.

You’ve recently done a tour across universities across the UK. Any interesting stories you can share? 

In Nottingham I walked past a couple having a full-blown fist fight. That’s stuck with me. It was quite an intense experience touring universities… It’s nice to play in the kind of environment that me and my friends would also be going out in.

Do you have a pre-show routine to get yourself ready for a live gig?

I try to be as relaxed as possible, not making any hasty, last-minute set changes – they’re never the one… unless they happen in the moment – that’s pretty cool.

Can we find you on tour any time soon?

I’ll be playing The Nest in East London on the 30th, alongside Syv, Just Kiddin’ & Ray Sergeant.

What can we expect from you in 2016?

Hopefully three more singles, and my debut album. There is also a club EP happening next month… so keep an eye out.

Thanks again to Shift K3Y for chatting to Your Future Mixtape. You can check out the official videos (yes, we’re being treated to two!) for Shift K3Y’s latest single ‘Gone Missing below and, as always, please let me know your opinions in the comments, I love reading them!

You can keep up-to-date with Shift K3Y on Facebook & Twitter, or head on over to his website.


*correct at time of publish. Probably a lot higher now!

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6 thoughts on “Getting to know Shift K3Y

  1. Wow at 5 he already knew what he wanted to do thats awesome, this is my first time hearing about him i will definitely spotify the songs

  2. This is the first time I’ve heard of Shift K3Y but i’ll definitely be checking out his music on You Tube as I love both parts of Gone Missing. Thanks for sharing his music.

  3. A very well thought out and written interview. I had no idea who shift k3y were before today but I’ll check them out.

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