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Dolphin (rus. ‘Del'fin', real name Andrey Lysikov) is one of the most respected names on the contemporary Russian alternative hip-hop scene. Winner of the ‘Best Performer' of "MTV Russia Music Awards",…
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Dolphin (rus. ‘Del'fin', real name Andrey Lysikov) is one of the most respected names on the contemporary Russian alternative hip-hop scene. Winner of the ‘Best Performer' of "MTV Russia Music Awards", he is adored by both pop-music fans and the indie crowd. Born in 1971, Dolphin took his stage name as a member of a hip-hop project Mal'chishnik (Bachelor Party), which for its short existence from 1991 to 1996 gained wide popularity among younger audience and scandalous reputation for their sex-heavy lyrics. In 1992-94 Dolphin worked on a side project called Duboviy Guuy' (loosely translated as ‘Oak Guy'). The only two known releases by Dubovyi Guuy' are marked by dark suicidal lyrics and heavy alternative guitar sound. After Mal'chishnik broke up in 1996, Dolphin began working on two projects -- Mishiny del'finy (‘Misha's Dolphins'), which continued dark thematic of Dubovyi Guuy' and ‘Dolphin', where he departed from racy rap into the darker underground hip-hop territory. In 1997 Dolphin's first solo record Ne v fokuse (‘Out Of Focus') was released, causing numerous scandals and conflicts with media, following incidents like Dolphin using explicit language on TV or dropping his pants in front of angry biker mob at a concert. In 1999 Glubina rezkosti (‘Depth Of Field') came out, a record made entirely out of samples taken from tracks by such musicians as Marilyn Manson, Tori Amos, Sonic Youth and many others, as well as sampled recordings of live instruments. The result was the foundation of the controversial sound that Dolphin provided ever since. Softer, more emotional vocals, closer to poetry than to hip-hop were laid on top of array of bits and samples, compiled in a beautiful and haunting mosaic. Two releases (Ya budu zhit'(‘I Will Live') and an experimental project Plavniki (‘Fins')) followed in 2000. Dolphin became an important figure in Russian show-business, signing a contract with Universal Music Russia in 2002 and starring in a major motion picture in 2003. Zvezda(‘Star') came out in 2004 and became an enormous success, with four songs from the disc being in regular radio rotation. Yunost'(‘Youth'), released in 2007 proved that Dolphin haven't stopped searching for the new sound from the old sources, using archaic drum-machines and keyboards to create, as Dolphin said himself, "a pleasant discomfort".