In the early 1990s, everything changed for Paul Dolby, also known as Seiji. The classically trained cellist put down his bow after experiencing the intense rush of hardcore, jungle and house music and decided to concentrate his efforts on the dance music arena.
As a founding member of west London collective Bugz in the Attic, Seiji is credited as one of the pioneers of ‘broken beat’, a musical genre with roots as varied as jazz, techno, funk, garage and many more, but which Seiji himself has described as having eventually “boiled down to a sort of afro groove”.
Upon leaving Bugz in the Attic, Seiji undertook work as a producer and co-writer on Róisín Murphy’s LP Overpowered, which has an impressive score of 82 on metacritic. Seiji also has remix credits which include the likes of Gorillaz and Florence and the Machine.
Yet it is often his own releases which provide the most excitement in dance music circles and his recent sound has been said to combine bass-heavy house rhythms with the attitude and sound of garage and drum’n’bass.
Now he is ready to bring his fast-paced and eclectic style to Cambodia, in yet another dance music event worth making a note of, which takes place tonight.
Seiji plays Pontoon (#80 Street 172) tonight, Friday July 1. Doors open at 9:30pm and entry costs $4 or $2 for Khmers.