Gregory Pepper is a very interesting – and seemingly very busy – guy. Aside from his three records as a solo artist – as Gregory Pepper & His Problems – he’s released albums with hip-hop producer Factor under the moniker Common Grackle, designed album art for bands like Junior Battles, and built a life-sized replica of his home recording studio entirely out of cardboard.  

On his latest offering – Escape From Crystal Skull Mountain – the Guelph, Ontario-based musician has somehow managed to pack 17 tracks of blissed-out pop perfection into an incredibly tight 26 minutes and 13 seconds. And it’s a concept album, too. Kind of.

We spoke to Pepper from his home in Guelph about his early influences, his love of black metal and the possibility of him infiltrating the world of online cat videos.