Cape Town – We had a quickie with Paolo Nutini as he was boarding his plane to South Africa. Does that mean we've now officially joined the Mile High Club? If yes, then Paolo was our first.
FYI: A Channel24 quickie is a brief or spontaneous episode consisting of a few frisky questions in which celebs and Channel24 have a brief frolic leaving all parties involved feeling satisfied and craving a cigarette.
The super sexy and super chilled Mr. Nutini is on his way to Mzansi as we speak and we got to have a quick chat with him while he was checking his bags at security.
Channel24: Do you have any expectations of SA?
Paolo Nutini: I’m finally coming! I’ve always been fascinated with South Africa and all I hope for is that the people there will come out, know my music and enjoy it. (Get tickets here)
C24: Any plans to go on a safari?
PN: We’d like to do as much as we can with the time that we have, I am planning to stay a few extra days after the shows. I’d love to go on a safari. I’ve heard it is a unique experience so I would be in to that.
C24: You always seem so relaxed and mellow. Even on stage. What’s your secret?
PN: (Paolo laughs) I do get nervous, if a person doesn’t get nervous then they are quite strange. But I like to challenge myself with the adrenaline I get so it may just appear that I am very calm.
C24: We noticed you like to perform with your eyes closed. Anything else you like to do with your eyes closed?
PN: I have a very vivid imagination and when I’m singing I close my eyes to visualise back to the moment when the song I’m singing was written and how it makes me feel.
C24: If you weren’t a singer, what other career path would you have followed?
PN: I love to do woodwork and that is something that I am very likely to pursue. Open up a little studio and create furniture. Everyone needs a chair to sit on.
C24: If you could collaborate with any muso in the world, who would it be?
PN: I have a very long list, but if I had to choose I would say Chilly Gonzales. I love his music and the way he plays piano so I will definitely have to work on giving him a call and arranging something.
C24: What’s the one thing you never go on tour without?
PN: I always like to take a couple of my favourite books and movies along with me. (His number one book is The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, an "amazing fantasy" concerning a visit by the Devil to the intensely atheistic Soviet Union.)
Paolo’s number one movie is none other than The Godfather, but he also favours a very unique Japanese film called Fish Story...
C24: How do you like your eggs?
PN: How do I like my eggs? Let’s see, warm and on a plate I’d say.
C24: So not sunny side up? (The name of his second album)
PN: (Paolo laughs) No. Not at all.
C24: Damn. Our plan didn't work.
PN: (Paolo laughs and an announcement is made that the plane is about to take off) See you in Cape Town.
C24: Yeah. See you when you get here.
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