Paolo Interview – Hot Press, June 2015

Paolo Nutini Interview – Hot Press
Olaf Tyaransen, 26 Jun 2015

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His albums to date have gone ten times platinum, and rising – making Paolo Nutini one of the biggest new stars of the past decade. A proud Scotsman, he also has a close affinity with Irish audiences. Which is why he is looking forward to his upcoming show in Marlay Park – for which he chose the bill himself. Here he talks Scottish independence, dope, songwriting – and lots more besides…

As a highly talented, ridiculously handsome and multi-platinum-selling rock star, Paolo Giovanni Nutini has many strings to his bow, zeros in his bank, and awards on his mantlepiece. However, an affably modest type, the olive-skinned Scotsman obviously doesn’t feel the need to put it all out there. For if he did, he’d surely be calling himself Dr. Paolo Nutini…

In recognition of his achievements, the Paisley-born singer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in 2012. “That’s true, yeah,” the 28-year-old acknowledges. “I think if I had the inclination I’d be able to put it on my passports or credit cards. It’s never really sprang to mind, though. Yeah, that was an interesting little surprise.” He chuckles. “It probably made a lot of doctors sick.”

Thankfully, he’s been far too busy to get sick himself in recent times. Since last year’s release of third album, Caustic Love, Paolo’s mostly been touring throughout Europe, Asia and the US. “I’ve been predominately touring for most of the year,” he says. “But we’ve been able to leave some good gaps in the middle so I can practice. So that’s one thing: it’s always good to leave some time to practice (laughs). Even in the bits when you’re not on the stage or you’re not in the studio, I’m just trying to keep on, either being somewhere where you can just listen, just feed yourself with music you haven’t heard. It’s nice now I’ve been able to get myself a piano in the house. You can sit and play, always trying to move on, move forward.”

So presumably album number four is already well underway?

“I was on album number four a little while before album number three was released,” he laughs. “There’s times when you write a song a day. That’s cool. There’s no quota.”

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Paolo Nutini busks for fans after violent storm cancels gig

Herald Scotland
Jill Castle

Paolo Nutini has delighted his fans by busking in an Italian city after a violent storm cancelled his show.

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The Scots crooner had been scheduled to perform in the Piazza Unita D’Italia in Trieste, Italy last night. However, the show had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions in the town.

Determined not to disappoint his fans, Nutini put on an impromptu show for disappointed fans outside his dressing room, performing three songs in the pouring rain.

His impromptu show delighted fans, with many taking to Twitter to show their appreciation.
He also promised fans he would return to perform in Trieste again soon.

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Gig review: Paolo Nutini in Millennium Square, Leeds

Yorkshire Evening Post
Hannah Woollaston

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Having had every album of his top the charts, Paolo Nutini is now an arena-level star but on Friday night the people of Leeds were treated to something different – an outdoor show in Millennium Square.

The vast open space was soon filled with the 8,000 ticket holders that piled in to watch this one-off show. First up was Andreya Triana, whose soulful voice and energy filled the arena space. However, one endearing woman was soon replaced by three as The Staves took to the stage – a group of sisters who teamed catchy vocals with guitars and in doing so provided the perfect warm up for the man everyone was waiting for.

At precisely two minutes past nine, the stage lights are dimmed and the crowd begin to scream as Nutini’s nine-piece band take to stage followed by the man himself. The messy haired frontman, dressed in a crumpled shirt and jeans bounds onto stage and wastes no time in getting straight into Scream (Funk My Life Up) which sees bodies pop up on shoulders dotted all over the square. With no interruption during the first three songs, the Scottish singer moves straight into old-favourite Let Me Down Easy while third song issues a crowd sing along to Coming Up Easy.

With a quick “Hello, Leeds” and multiple shouts from the crowd, Nutini carries on with his set and soon reaches older hit Jenny Don’t Be Hasty which sees Nutini move all across the stage.

After a couple more songs the band leave stage leaving the singer standing solo, he takes the chance to speak to the crowd. “It smells like Leeds in here” provokes a synonymous laugh while “Miss you, Cockpit” receives cheers from the proud Leeds crowd.

His band return to stage and continue the set with hits such as Diana, One Day and Cherry Blossom which see the crowd enjoying themselves just as much as the beaming singer as he carries on straight into an unusual rendition of Pencil Full Of Lead which sees Nutini come off stage and into the crowd. After thanking them, he continues the set and soon comes to Iron Sky, taken from his latest album – it’s a song which everyone in the crowd seems to know.

The encore sees him play songs from across all three albums and even a cover of MGMT’s Time To Pretend.

After leaving the stage for the second time Nutini proves that curfews just don’t exist in his book and returns again, announcing that he’ll be “in trouble tonight” and ends his extended set on Last Request.

As he leaves stage the singer issues one last rallying cry for the infamous Leeds venue: “Bring back The Cockpit!”

Gig date: June 19

Paolo Nutini – Millennium Square

We wanted to share a fun blog post with you all!  It’s by a girl named, appropriately enough, Jennie!  Thanks for making us feel like we were there with you, Jennie!

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Paolo Nutini | Millennium Square

Paolo Nutini played live at Millennium Square in Leeds and I was there to watch with my boyfriend. When me and my boyfriends first met music was one of the topics we covered (like most people on a first date?) and we found out Paolo Nutini is an artist we both listen to a lot and really like. When he announced to come to Leeds for a gig it made sense for us to go see him live.

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