Juiced kicks off in 2014 this Friday (10th Januaray) at its usual home, Voodoo Lounge. Over the last couple of years it has become one of the most successful student clubnights, running on Fridays and boasting the ever-converted cut-price drinks, decent music, freebies, and regular themed nights. The latter half of 2013 saw a couple of “headline” DJs making appearances in Room 2. Namely, Friend Within followed by Karma Kid. Those nights were successful and there is evidentially a thirst for some bass-orientated music in the second room (as opposed to the, erm, more generic-ish club music in the main room). Hence, the second room of Juiced has now been christened FTR (that’s “future” in normal speak) and will be showcasing a selection DJs starting with Shift K3Y (supported by BITR8 and Dujy Fresh who are also the guys in charge of FTR).
There aren’t many people who at 20 years old can claim to have remixed some of the world’s hottest artists, graced the stages of festivals across the globe, released on dance music’s most credible labels and landed a major recording contract of their own, all the while counting the likes of Annie Mac, MistaJam and Diplo as fans, but then Lewis Jankel aka Shift K3Y isn’t your average 20 year old.
Shift K3Y’s debut release, a 4 track EP titled “Step In The City”, landed in 2011 on Bullet Train Records and pneumatic opening number “Manage Ya” soon pricked up the ears of tastemakers in the club and across the airwaves, with support coming from key protagonists at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Remix offers soon flooded in both here and across the Atlantic for the likes of Tinie Tempah, Kat Dahlia, Iggy Azalea and King L, and his energetic rework of AlunaGeorge’s recent single “Attracting Flies” garnered recognition from leading online publications such as Pitchfork and The Fader. To date Shift K3Y’s records and remixes have been spun by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac (who named him “One To Watch” in 2013), MistaJam and Huw Stephens, 1Xtra’s DJ Target, Capital’s Andi Durrant and DJ EZ at KISS, in a list that just keeps getting longer.
Summer 2013 saw Lewis ink a contract with Columbia Records / Sony, joining the likes of Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Tom Odell, Mark Ronson and A$AP Rocky, but ahead of his first release with the label he’ll be putting out singles with Major Lazer kingpin Diplo’s Mad Decent and Breach’s Naked Naked, keeping one foot in the underground as he continues his rapid rise.