… and going on ‘four-day benders’ during his musical sabbatical
By PENELOPE KILBY FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 07:46 EST, 1 April 2015
He shunned the spotlight for years, even growing to resent his own music.
But Scottish crooner, Paolo Nutini is back with a vengeance, and opening up about his self appointed break from the music industry and what he did to kill time.
It had been five years since the 28-year-old produced new music.
The handsome hipster told The Australian newspaper on Wednesday that his time out included standard boyish behaviour: ‘Some of it was just playing Xbox for two days or going on four-day benders.’
He also told the newspaper that he thought the music he was producing was ‘substandard’, so he took an extended period living the island life in Jamaica and St Lucia.
‘I’d hear a song of mine on the radio and I’d switch it off,’ he admitted.
The former street busker found instant success with his first album These Streets in 2006 and once again with his second album, Sunny Side up in 2009.
It took Paolo five-years of laying about in a tropical oasis to muster the inspiration to produce his third album, Caustic Love.
Thankfully, the Jenny Don’t Be Hasty hit-maker became inspired once again, which lead him to Australia, where he’ll headline one of the country’s biggest music festivals.
The handsome Scotsman is now en route to Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast for the annual Bluesfest event over Easter.
Earlier in the week he performed on Channel Seven’s Sunrise before doing a show Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Tuesday night and another in Melbourne on Wednesday.
In 2014 he wooed fans with his throaty, soulful voice at Glastonbury before having to postponed a highly anticipated gig in his hometown, Glasgow after a bout of severe tonsillitis.
He caused a slight uproar in June when he admitted to smoking an incredible amount of marijuana during an interview with Q.
When quizzed about whether he’d used the illegal drug he candidly replied: ‘Every day since I was about 16. Can the world please get to grips with marijuana? How long can this go on?’
Claiming it was no worse than alcohol, he also defended boy band One Direction after two members reportedly smoked cannabis, and even threw Miley Cyrus into the debate. Nutini said: ‘They are men now. Let’s flip it and look at the female global pop stars out there.
‘Sexualisation isn’t the problem, it’s a case of class. I saw a photo of Miley Cyrus with her leotard pulled up – is that cool? And One Direction can’t have a joint? They’re the bad role models? Come on.’