Vyacheslav Butusov (Russian: Вячеслав Бутусов), born October 15, 1961, was a lead singer of Nautilus Pompilius, a Russian rock group, until its disbandment. He has since started his own career as a singer.
Vyacheslav Butusov was born in Bugach Settlement of the Krasnoyarsk Region. When a first-year student of Sverdlovsk Architectural Institute he got acquainted with musician Dmitry Umetsky. The two young men were keen on music and often gathered to play together. This resulted in recording of Nautilus Pompilius’s first and not quite successful album Pereyezd (Relocation) (1982–1983). In the same year Butusov met the poet Ilya Kormiltsev. Together with him Vyacheslav Butusov recorded his first mature album Nevidimka (An Invisible) in 1985. Next year their tandem released the record Razluka (Absence / Separation), which evoked terrific popularity of Nautilus Pompilius. The band’s last album Yablokitai was recorded by Butusov and Kormiltsev in 1996 in England with participation of Boris Grebenshikov and English musician Bill Nelson who became its producer. In 2001 Vyacheslav Butusov founded the U-Piter band and in 2007 launched his solo career.