Paolo Nutini still has 'questions' over independence

By Steve Holden
Newsbeat reporter


Paolo Nutini's told Newsbeat he knows "where his heart is" on the issue of Scottish independence but says he's not made up his mind.

"I still do believe there's some time for me to educate myself on a few of the logistics, about how to survive and thrive as a nation," he says.

Like millions of others, the singer will be voting in this year's national referendum.

The vote will take place on 18 September.

"I know what my heart says and what most of me says," the singer reveals.

"The only place I can call home is in Scotland, the only residence I own is in Paisley but I spend very little time there in context with other people who are there all year.

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"I think it's pretty clear what I feel but I still do believe there's some time for me to educate myself on some of the logistics.

"When the times are harder who's going to feel the brunt of those harder times and who's going to feel the benefit?"

Nutini is arguably Scotland's biggest musician right now and knows how any explicit support for either the Yes or the No camp could influence others.

"For me to fleetingly come in and say something that could potentially influence all those other people... it's a big thing," he says.

However, he thinks many Scottish people are not represented in the way they should be.

"I think asking questions and fighting back against it and trying to take responsibility of your own country; that's something most countries, if they had the opportunity, would welcome and dream of.

"It's an opportunity, that's what it is.

"Change will be made. There's always going to be a leap of faith but I think I could develop a fuller opinion of it before I go into the box. That's the truth."

media captionChvrches talk about the Scottish referendum

Another Scottish act who are keeping their views to themselves are Glaswegian trio Chvrches.

"For me the political things I'd talk about as a representative of this band are things I think are right and wrong," says singer Lauren Mayberry.

"Scottish independence is a very personal thing and it's not like I would view anyone's decision as right or wrong. That's their personal political choice and I don't like the idea of somebody voting for something just because we said it."

It's a sentiment echoed by her bandmate Martin Doherty.

"I know a lot of my best friends are very passionate one way or the other and very vocal about it," he says.

"I have a strong opinion on the matter and I think about it a lot but I want to make the choice alone. Having looked at the facts, when I make the decision it'll be my decision."

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