Interview: Francesco Yates
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:57:09
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Francesco Yates stands out. He’s got an impressive vocal range that’s utterly undeniable, echoing influences as diverse as Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant in terms of pure dynamic. Moreover, he knows his way around an acoustic guitar and can deliver an irresistible hook. He is the future...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Francesco Yates talks his single “Call” and so much more.
What's the story behind "Call" for you?
It's an interesting one. It's really about patience. You're being patient with someone who may be going through some emotional and romantic things and may not be ready yet to receive love. That's what it's about. You've got to be understanding. That's what love in its truth is all about. It's not conditional.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
It can happen like that sometimes. For "Call", you might've nailed it on the head. It's really what it was about. You have to embellish it and make it real.
Does it become real from the music or do you have an idea before you begin writing?
It's really difficult to pinpoint the methodology because it can come from both methods you mentioned. It can come at any time. That's what I always say. The song can arrive at any time. You have to just be ready for it when it does and from whatever place it comes from.
Where did "I Found You" come from?
The different songs reflect different days and times. You can take a lot of those things into account when writing a song. It originally had a Taylor Swift vibe in the production we were going for. Then, I thought, "Why not slant this and juxtapose what's going on in the subject matter with a dark, ambient vibe in the production? Why not make those two come together in some form?" I was nervous about it at first, but now I'm happy with how it came out.
What artists shaped you?
There are a couple. One is Queen. I'm really inspired by Freddie Mercury and that crazy voice he had. To me, that's some of the best vocal work ever. I'd also say Michael Jackson too. I recently got into Marvin Gaye too. Queen was a big part of how I saw a singer and what my idea of that was. It started with Freddie Mercury.
What's the vision of the record?
I've got the vision of the album. We're getting into the end of mixing and waiting for it to be all finalized. As far as the directions goes, I like so much music that I wanted to do everything. I couldn't pinpoint where I wanted to go in the initial phases. Pharrell Williams helped straighten the picture for me. You can't do everything. It was key to decide. It's a combination of my influences from the past, what my parents listened to, and some of the artists who are current and now. It was about blending those worlds. That's what the aim was. I like listening to Drake, but I also enjoy listening to Earth, Wind & Fire and Led Zeppelin. There are so many different things.
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