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Dissident and Kontext are the production names of Russian based audio artist and DJ Stanislav Sevostyanikhin. Residing in St.Petersburg at the Baltic sea shore, he spends most of his time slicing beats, synthesizing sounds and creating trends in modern music culture. He is influenced by very different kinds of music that allowed him to produce such diverse and truly innovative tunes. Although his forte is primarily breakbeat oriented, Stan has never restricted his music to one particular style or genre.
He started to produce electronic music in early 1998. After getting some experience he created his first drum&bass project called Dissonance (featuring his mates Aspekt, Nec and MC Akim). They had enough success in Russia, with many releases and performances. In 2001 he quit the project and went on to produce solo under the Dissident moniker. The sound that he had polished was ready to be taken onto the world scene and his first 12” release “Technecium” (featuring Paul B) was on the famous British label Renegade Hardware in 2002. Nowadays except 4 full-length albums Dissident’s discography includes several releases on such labels as Offshore, Hospital, Subtle Audio, Subvert Central, Counter Intelligence, Camino Blue and many others.
Under the guise of Kontext, he set out to write music with no genre classifications. This has become a project to show the diversity and extent of Stan’s production skills. He has created a self-sufficient artificial ecology of bleak soundscapes and dynamically Techy post-dubstep and Techno rhythm mechanics. This project is now exclusively signed to Bristol-based label Immerse and has got a good success.
With his fresh and catchy sound, Stan has toured as a DJ across Russia, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia and other countries. If all this weren't enough to keep one busy, he also runs his own leftfield drum'n'bass imprint Opposide Records and participates in well known in Russia scandal rap band трэш-шапито КАЧ.