Introducing: Pekoe Cat

Pekoe Cat is multi-instrumentalist/producer Kyle Woolven.

Like the city he comes from (Belleville, Ontario) Woolven is relatively unknown, but that does not stop his drive to create and progress. With the release of his new album Jungle Cop, Woolven continues show that creativity comes first.

“I don’t like the idea of creating an entire album of the same song” says Woolven. On Jungle Cop Pekoe Cat’s multiple musical influences are certainly evident. Ranging from Tame Impala, to Neon Indian, to Passion Pit, and even a little bit of The Strokes, Woolven’s refusal to settle on a sound is beginning to form his signature sound. 

Read our interview below and listen to the new album below!

Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind ‘Jungle Cop’? 

Many different things. I love music, especially when I hear a new song, discover a new band. And I love many different genres. So with the album, I just tried to be different with every song. I don’t ever want to duplicate myself.

As far as the album title and title track – Jungle Cop was inspired by some NES game I played as a child. Some game where a guy in a motorcycle helmet goes on a shooting rampage. I have no idea if that game is real or if it’s some distorted memory. If someone knows of that game’s existence then please direct me to it.

How has your community contributed to your success? 

Hmmmm. Well there really isn’t much happening in Belleville, Ontario. It’s a city that offers very few creative outlets. So I guess my community has contributed to my success by allowing me A LOT of free time to sit in my basement and make music. Also, if someone knows the pathway to success then please direct me to it.

What advice would you give other musicians? 

Don’t quit. Keep pushing. Keep improving. The only way you can fail is by stopping. If you want it bad enough then good things will come. Just look at me – I’m all the way up to 32 Twitter followers now.

Describe to our audience your music-making process.

I work on the fly. I’ve never recorded a song that was finished being written. I write and record at the same time so I never know how I’m going to finish the song once I’ve started recording. I’ll start with a beat, a guitar, bass, or synth riff then just slowly chip away at if from there. It’s a lot of “maybe this will sound good here.”

How did it feel when you released your debut single? 

Pretty good mixed with self-doubt. I don’t have very high expectations for my stuff. Most of the time I feel like I’m making music that no one is going to want to listen to. I love creating it – that’s what drives me. Yes it’d be nice to have more fans but once the music is out there it’s out of my control. I just try to move on to the next song.

If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?

Realistically, it’d be no one because I’m an introvert. But this is not a realistic question so I’ll say Alan Palomo (Neon Indian) because that guy is insanely talented and I’d love to know how he does it.

What first got you interested into music?

My brother. I started playing guitar because he did. I started recording because he did. Most of the music I listen to comes from him. He was the guitarist/drummer for The Most Serene Republic. They were really into different time signatures and pushing the limit. The music they were making always made me wish I was doing that. They toured Canada, the U.S. and Europe – made me realize that I never want to do that. I just want to sit in my basement and make music that no one wants to listen to.