Stanislav Sevostyanikhin is a Russian electronic music artist, DJ and label owner, known under the pseudonyms Dissident and Kontext. Residing in St.Petersburg, he spends most of his time slicing beats, synthesizing sounds and shaping trends in modern music culture. His broad range of influences have shaped his diverse and innovative style, although primarily focused on Drum& Bass, Stan has never restricted his music to one style or genre.
Stan began electronic music production in the late 90’s. After gaining some studio experience he formed the Drum & Bass group Dissonance with friends. They had some success nationally in Russia with their live performances and releases . In 2001 he left the project and went on to produce solo under the Dissident moniker honing and polishing his sound until his first 12” vinyl release “Technecium” (ft. Paul B) was released on the prestigious British record label Renegade Hardware in 2002.
Today, Dissident is considered a veteran of the Russian Drum & Bass scene. His discography includes 9 albums and a multitude of 12” singles and EPs on labels such as Offshore, Hospital, Subtle Audio, KOS.MOS, Microfunk, Subvert Central, Counter Intelligence, Subtle Audio, Pinecone Moonshine and many others.
Under the guise of Kontext, he set out to write music without being bound by genre, showcasing the diversity and extent of Stan’s production skills and his experiments with Techno, Bass Music, IDM. Kontext was exclusively signed to Bristol-based label Immerse and has received great press from magazines like FACT, DE:Bug, Knowledge, Groove, TimeOut & SPb.
“It’s kind of special to consider how it can hit you so hard when it’s so measured and built so simply; and for me that’s one of the marks of a fantastic talent.” (Oli Marlow, The Quietus)
As a DJ he has performed across the globe, known for his own Spare Senses mix series and podcasts for Electronic Explorations, Bassdrive, Jungletrain, Atmoteka and many more.
If all this wasn’t enough to keep Stan busy, he also runs his own Opposide Records imprint and is involved in several side projects including TV & Movie production.