Biography of Richard Sen
|Moniker(s) / ||Padded Cell, Bronx Dogs|
London graffiti artist Richard Sen began Djing in 1989 with a residency at the legendary Crazy Club at The Astoria. Ecstacy, Acid House and frequent trips to New York, visiting his heroes at Nu Groove and Strictly Rhythm and searching for Chicago obscurities gave Richard the house music bug.
He is known for his production outfits Padded Cell and Bronx Dogs and has released many singles, 3 albums and a compilation ‘Powercuts’ for BMG Recs.
As well as solo projects, Richard now records with partner Neil Beatnik under the name Padded Cell who released their debut album 'Night Must Fall' in May 2008 on the legendary cult label DC Recordings. Sen's remix and production work alongside Padded Cell and Bronx Dogs have included respected artists and labels such as: Bryan Ferry, LCD Soundsystem, Saint Etienne, Jungle Brothers, Sugarhill Gang, The Glimmers, Cosmo Vitelli, Black Devil Disco Club, Get Physical, Tirk and Wall of Sound. Padded Cell's 'Signal Failure' single was also used in the biggest selling video game of all time. Grand Theft Auto 4.
Highlights of his career include: Heavenly Social residency 1998-2000, ‘DJ of the Month’ FACE 1998, being nominated for ‘Best New DJ’ MUZIK AWARDS 1998. He has featured in many style/music magazines including Sleaze Nation, Jockey Slut, DJ, IDJ, NME and The Wire. He was also a key influence on the 80’s underground graffiti movement in the UK (and also one of the first to be sent to prison for graffiti!) and appeared in the BBC television documentary Open Space ‘Bad Meaning Good’ in 1987. His artwork has also graced the record covers of Sabres of Paradise (‘Smokebelch’ and ‘Theme’). A full interview on his graffiti and music work can be seen in the June 2005 issue of Undercover magazine.
In keeping with the attitude from his graffiti background, Richard’s DJ style is totally original and he has something unique to offer. He has played big room house/techno sets and can also play crazy eclectic sets including psyched out rock, leftfield funk and disco, newave oddities and obscurities. He has played all over the world in the past 20 years and still remains passionate yet professional with impeccable taste and a healthy record collection. Still a fan at heart, some of his favourite DJs who have supported and played his music include David Mancuso, DJ Harvey and Andrew Weatherall.
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