Francesco Yates has the kind of talent that makes you want to jump five years into the future to see what he does next.
Because underneath his round babyface and wild curly hair, this 19-year-old Toronto-native is brimming with the kind of curious energy that lends itself to self-improvement and attracts all the right kinds of people—one of them being super-producer Pharrell Williams. In fact, the “Happy” singer was so impressed by Francesco’s talents (he can sing and play the guitar, piano, bass, drums and harmonica) that Pharrell invited him to play the guitar on his Daft Punk-assisted track “Gust of Wind” and will even co-produce Francesco’s upcoming debut album. We know, we know: what have we been doing with our lives?
ANDPOP’s Simon Mohos sits down with Francesco Yates and picks Francesco’s brain as they scroll through his Instagram photos. The two talk about Toronto’s unique musicality, working with Pharrell and his crazy hair game.
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