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Here is the Official Video of Francesco Yates’ ‘Change The Channel’ produced by Pharrell, make sure to cop Francesco Yates’ debut EP now on iTunes.
By Rob LeDonne. It’s been four years since Toronto’s Francesco Yates was signed to Atlantic Records, and in the interim he’s been searching for exactly what kind of artist he wants to be. Luckily, Yates is close to figuring that quandary out with the release of his self-titled EP. Featuring a blend of styles.
The highlight of the effort is the catchy track “Change The Channel,” produced by Pharrell Williams, and features a mix of rock with subtle retro hints of old-school R&B. Here, Francesco premieres the video for “Change The Channel” and talks about the catchy track, working with Williams, and the recent wave of Toronto-raised talent.
Tell me a little about writing “Change the Channel.” It’s a great song.
It’s a close one to me and one of my favorites. It’s the first one I ever wrote with Pharrell on the first day of working with Pharrell, so it was a very joyous moment. Since that was when we met, we talked about a lot of different things — some totally unrelated to music. We talked about what I did for fun and he kind of read me up and down. The next day we sat there and he gave me an electric guitar and we ended up doing “Change The Channel.” The beauty of it is that it wasn’t overthought…we went with what we were feeling on that one. I’m happy because I think it sounds the most natural.
Watch the official music video for “Change the Channel” produced by Pharrell and buy Francesco Yates’ self-titled debut EP on iTunes !
Here is Francesco Yates’ funky single “Change The Channel.” The Toronto-based singer recounts his instant connection with Grammy winner Pharrell Williams. “I met Pharrell in the studio the day before we recorded; ‘Change the Channel’ and had a long chat about writing music and really got to know each other.
We talked about the TV show Duck Dynasty, our favorite cereals, Mars Volta and Led Zeppelin.” Yates explains his second single “is about a cat and mouse chase with a girl. She’s alluring and flirtatious and the man loves the chase. He wants to change the channel and switch up, try something new with this particular girl.”
Scattered with piercing Prince squeals, Yates reaches rockstar status with wildly distorted guitar licks. He will be promoting the arrival of his self-titled debut EP — out September 11 — while touring with label mate Jess Glynne this fall. Aside from Yates’s jaw-dropping chops, producers Pharrell Williams and Robin Hannibal lend the the 19-year-old their Midas touch. Check out the single below.
Francesco Yates – Change The Channel (P. Williams) (15’)
Up-and-comer Francesco Yates talks making music with Pharrell Williams and the distinct sound of the Toronto music scene with Drake and The Weeknd.
Gust of Wind’ (ft. Daft Punk) is Pharrell’s ‘personal favourite’ song on ‘G I R L’. The Chic-influenced track features punchy offbeat guitar by 18 year old Toronto native / rising star singer-songwriter Francesco Yates. Francesco has recently been finishing up in the studio, finishing tracks for his debut album with producer Pharrell Williams.
You feature on ‘Gust of Wind’, Pharrell’s “personal favourite” song on ‘G I R L’…How did it happen?
It was a late night in New York and I was finishing up vocals on a song he and I wrote. He was about to leave to do a TV performance and just as he was leaving he said “you should do guitars on this song, I think it would be dope.” I listened to the groove and fell in love with it right away. I tried a couple different things and the song was giving me a funky type of vibe so I decided to continue on that route with my guitar. At first, I didn’t think my guitars would make it so when he told me he would be keeping my guitars I was very thankful for the opportunity. I hope people enjoy the track as much as I did working on it.
Pharrell Williams is producing your album, what are you learning from him?
Pharrell taught me not to question my initial instincts and let the song write itself. He always emphasized the idea that how music makes one feel is more important than whether or not every note is perfect. He inspires me to go the extra mile, creatively. Just to have someone as musical as Pharrell is a blessing and I’m glad he agreed to work with me on my project. His new album is my favourite one this year, so much respect to Skateboard P.
You can hear a snippet of a new song at 1:05
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