Teen Vogue Chats “Sugar” With Francesco Yates

Watch Francesco Yates Perform an Acoustic Version of “Sugar,” One of the Biggest New Songs of the Year

It’ll get you lifted and feeling so gifted.

While every city has its musical scene, it’s undeniable that something is in the water in Canada. Maybe it’s all that fresh mountain air. Or the fact that everyone is so gosh darn polite. But between Justin Beiber, the Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, and — of course, the patron saint of the 6ix — Drake, a lot of really great music is happening just north of the border.

Now, get ready to add another name to that list of great Canadian exports: Francesco Yates. “I feel like, just as the west coast rock and roll sound had its time, Toronto is getting its time. It’s really cool, opportune time for the young people like myself to come up,” says the 20-year-old singer, who grew up in the same hometown as Abel Tesafaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd. (The two didn’t know each other, but a lot of Francesco’s friends were friends with the R&B singer. “It’s a small world,” Francesco says.)

You’ve probably heard Francesco on “Sugar,” a remix he and Robin Schulz made. It samples the 2003 Baby Bash and Frankie J. hit “Suga Suga,” but features new verses and a bigger beat drop than the chill original. Teen Vogue caught up with Francesco to talk about both the song and its inspiration, as well as his EP and what’s up next for him. Plus, he has some intel on what Drake himself has been working on. Man, being from Canada really has its perks.

Watch the acoustic performance of “Sugar” and read more here: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/francesco-yates-sugar-acoustic-performance