Pee Wee went from messing around to recording a pop album. Here’s how.

PeeWee-2Based in Montréal, Que., Pee Wee is a band consisting of Julien Chaballe, Mathieu Catafard (drums), and Adam Cutts (guitar). The band has so far released two albums, and we sat down to chat with them.


Raz Mataz Magazine (RMM): What was the overall uniting theme of your first album, Galette? I noticed it had some vocal excerpts especially in your song “Charlie”, where did these vocals come from?

Pee Wee: I was really into making beats at that time. For me, Galette is just a collage of all the music I’ve been listen to for the past few years. Every track is an idea – a fragment of something. The sample at the beginning comes from the movie Point Break, featuring Patrick Swayze.


RMM: What would you say is different in your second album, Tingles, from your first album?

Pee Wee: First of all, Galette is more of a “mixtape” for me than an album. I only used samples for it. I did one overdub with my guitar on one track and that’s it. I literally used music from my iTunes library and looped it with GarageBand. So, I guess I don’t really compose everything… but anyway, it’s definitely one of the dumbest and funniest thing I’ve ever done. After that, I really wanted to make a guitar album. My father gave me his old tape machine around Christmas, and then I was like, “Fuck yeah, let’s record a pop album!”


RMM: How did Pee Wee come together?

PeeWee-3Pee Wee: Well, I’ve been recording songs for the last three to four years now. At that time, it was basically me in my room, messing with the guitar on GarageBand, and nothing as really changed actually since then. It’s also [around] this time that I came up with that stupid name “Pee Wee.” I can’t find any explanation about what it means to me or why I chose it. I guess I thought it was easy to remember.


RMM: “Full Moon” felt like really laid-back song for me, could you provide some background on how you composed the song?

Pee Wee: Yeah. It’s actually about being hangover. Really smooth…


For more on Pee Wee, visit their Bandcamp page and like their Facebook.

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