Yuri Shevchuk, born 16 May 1957, is a Russian singer/songwriter who leads the rock band DDT, which he founded with Vladimir Sigachev in 1981. Shevchuk was born in the village of Yagodny in Magadanskaya oblast and raised in Ufa , Russia, though he now resides in St. Petersburg, Russia. Shevchuck was an art teacher before founding DDT. He is best known for his distinctive, somewhat gravely voice. His lyrics detail aspects of Russian life with a wry, humanistic sense of humor. DDT concerts are usually remarkable for the audience singing along to the well-known lyrics. He is also very famous for openly opposing pop music. He is often accredited for being the greatest song-writer in present-Russia.