Vyacheslav Butusov

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Vyacheslav Butusov
Вячеслав Бутусов
Viacheslav Butusov Nautilius Pompilius butusov-15-50 by Alexey Nikishin.jpg
Vyacheslav Gennadievich Butusov in 2005
Background information
Native name Вячеслав Бутусов
Born (1961-10-15) October 15, 1961 (age 54)
Bugach, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Soviet Union
Genres Rock, alternative rock, rock-n-roll, gothic rock, electronic music, post-punk, New Wave
Occupation(s) singer, guitarist, composer, poet
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, keyboard instruments
Years active 1978–present
Website u-piter.ru

Vyacheslav Gennadievich Butusov (Russian: Вячеслав Геннадьевич Бутусов; born October 15, 1961 in Bugach, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union), is a Russian singer and songwriter. He was a lead singer of Nautilus Pompilius, a Russian rock group, until its disbandment, and from 2001 to today of U-Piter. He has since started his own career as a singer and writer.

Early life[edit]

Vyacheslav Butusov was born in Bugach Settlement, near Krasnoyarsk, in the Krasnoyarsk Region. Because of his father's profession, he lived and studied in different places of Siberia during his early life. In ninth grade they moved to Sverdlovsk (today Yekaterinburg), where he studied in Sverdlovsk Architectural Institute. He participated in the design of Sverdlovsk Metro.

Musical career[edit]

Nautilus Pompilius (1982-1997)[edit]

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.

Solo career (1997-Present)[edit]

After Nautilus Pompilius disbanded, Butusov launched his solo career. In 1997, he recorded Nezakonnopozhdenniy AlKhimik doktor faust pernatiy zmey with Yuri Kasparyan, and in 1998, his first solo album, Ovaly. During this years he also had a brief cameo in Russian crime film Brother, directed by Aleksei Balabanov. He also recorded some songs for the soundtrack of the film.

U-Piter (2001-Present)[edit]

In 2001 Vyacheslav Butusov founded the U-Piter band with former Kino guitarist, Yuri Kasparyan. As of 2016, they recorded 7 albums, the last being Gudgora (2015).


Besides his music career, in 2007 he launched a career as a writer, publishing a series of books.

Personal life[edit]

Butusov is married with Anzhelika Estoyeva (b.1970). He has four children: three daughters - Anna (b. 1980; with his first wife Mariana Dobrovolskiy-Butusova), Ksenya (b. 1991), Sofya (b. 1999) and Daniil (b. 2005).[1]


Solo albums[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

Film soundtracks[edit]


Title Year Role Notes
Ranshe bylo drugoye vremya 1987 Himself Cameo
Zekralo dlya geroya 1987 Himself Cameo
Rock in Russia 1988 Himself Cameo
Serp i gitara 1988 Non-specified
Nastya y Yegor 1989 Himself Cameo
Spalniy Vagon 1989 Passenger SV
Brother 1997 Himself Cameo
Aleksandr Bashlachev. Smertelniy polet 2005 Himself Cameo
Den nefti 2008 Himself Cameo




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