Paolo Nutini Meets Fans, Talks 'Caustic Love' & Influences at Austin City Limits
On location at the Waterloo Autograph Tent at Austin City Limits Fest, Esteban Serrano caught up with not just UK soul-pop star Paolo Nutini, but his biggest fans, too!
We found out exactly why a few of Paolo's fans were so excited to meet the singer, including one couple who say they have his music to thank for their initial spark. "The first songs he played on the guitar for me were Paolo songs," one fan told us while looking at her boyfriend. Another fan first saw Nutini at ACL in 2007 and has been waiting for his return. "His voice is just so sexy!"
Excited to meet his fans, Nutini confided to Fuse before the signing, "You just hope people are gonna' turn up." And turn up they did. Before signing countless autographs, the singer explained the title and theme of his Caustic Love album, which dropped earlier this year. "Human on human love, romantic love – It can wash over all your defense mechanisms and leave you vulnerable," says Nutini.
As an admirere in line to meet Paolo told us, it's the singer's deep, soulful (and sexy) voice that draws in fans, so we wanted to know who his musical influences were. "The first thing I put on... was my grandfather's Drifters records. When I was about 5 years old, I put the needle on the vinyl and on came Ben E. King," says Nutini. "It was all the old Stax [records], all the old Motown, all these five-part vocal groups; [The] Coasters, [The] Flamingos, [The] Platters – It was what I liked!"
Considering his influences, it's no wonder Paolo's soulful, bluesy voice is often compared to music legends of the past. Paolo is flattered but a bit apprehensive saying, "You can never live up to that, you know? You just take it with a pinch of salt."
Watch the full interview above and check out all of our on-the-ground ACL coverage here!