Grumpy Kitty Boy

Who am I?

Grumpy Kitty Boy roams the streets of Toronto and Manila in his grumpy dreams. He likes singing badly and loves his kitty treats—irony and cynicism in glittery candy wrappings—but dislikes dry kibbles with a passion! He writes poetry when he’s at his saddest, and writes songs when he’s at his grumpiest.

Fiction set aside, Grumpy Kitty Boy is the singer-songwriter project of Toronto-based composer Juro Kim Feliz. Studying composition at the University of the Philippines and McGill University, Juro [joo-row] received performances of his work across Asia, Europe, and North America as a contemporary classical composer. He is a Golden Balangay Awards 2019 nominee (Excellence Award for Music and Entertainment), and has been a resident artist of the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2018), the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (2019), and a library resident of the Canadian Music Centre Ontario (2018-2020). He had been a long-time pianist and keyboardist before calling it quits in 2018. Juro decided then that songwriting is the most appropriate channel to express his worldview: “Be authentic! Embrace the grumpy!” Latching on to the pouting cat emoji, Grumpy Kitty Boy was born in the confines of his studio and a hand-me-down Yamaha keyboard.

Through this project, Juro attempts to be in touch with real deep feelings about reality, often left ignored and suppressed in people’s conception of emanating a superficial sense of positivity in life. While his sound and lyricism emulates Owl City’s synth pop style and video game music, other musical influences also include Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, and the singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.
Through this project, Juro attempts to be in touch with real deep feelings about reality, often left ignored and suppressed in people’s conception of emanating a superficial sense of positivity in life. While his sound and lyricism emulates Owl City’s synth pop style and video game music, other musical influences also include Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, and the singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

Check Grumpy Kitty Boy’s official website to know more: https://grumpykittyboy.com!

Photography by Prince Requino.