Five years can be a long time, but not long enough for people to forget about Paolo Nutini.
Until Coldplay dropped their new album last week, Paolo’s third long-player Caustic Love was the fastest selling album of the year – selling 109,000 in its first week.
And it’s destined to perform equally as well as his first two, These Streets and Sunny Side Up.
Explaining the five year gap since Sunny Side Up, the 27-year-old says:
“I wanted to live a bit. What was I going to write about? My first-world problems on the tour bus? ‘Oh I never had a bath robe in my 5-star hotel’, ‘My spa wasn’t included in my room rate’ or ‘My double espresso was cold when it arrived’? That’s an album I don’t want to hear.’
He decided instead to travel to give himself something to write about.
‘I hadn’t lived that much before my first album. I felt some growing pains that I wanted to figure out, so off I went.’
He spent some time in the Caribbean, and Amsterdam
While on his extended holiday, there were always musical ideas floating around, a melody sung into an iPhone here, a chord progression there, and all of the travelling was done with a guitar on his back.
Paolo also fell in love with Munich and Berlin in Germany, and Barcelona and Valencia in Spain, places he’d been to but only fleetingly seen from his tour bus and always planned to revisit.
And he prefers not to bother with social media and mobile phones he’s away on tour or travelling.
‘I get the “Are you alive?” text from my dad every so often, and I’ll no doubt get one again soon,’ he says. ‘But I’d rather wait until I see someone to catch up, than for them just be able to follow what I’m doing by being my friend on Facebook. Each to their own, but it’s not for me.’
And he’s excited about playing the new album live: ‘I don’t want making music to be an inevitability.
‘I want everything to be done with conviction, otherwise I’m just going to make people feel bad for coming to see me play.
‘I wouldn’t have been able to do any of these things before; writing these songs, or producing them. I didn’t think I could because there was a hole in me.’
Paolo is at the Brighton Centre tomorrow. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets cost £29.50 from brightoncentre.co.uk