'I am bigger than just one song', says Grammy-nominated Hozier
He's the Grammy-nominated Irish singer-songwriter who's enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in little over a year. But Bray singer Hozier admits he is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that he is now a global star.
The talented multi-instrumentalist's smash-hit ballad Take Me To Church has been nominated in the Song of the Year category at the upcoming Grammy Awards.
However, the 24-year-old - who has been championed by the likes of Taylor Swift and Adele - stresses that he's more surprised than anyone at his massive almost-overnight success and huge appeal to mainstream audiences.
"I always thought of myself as a very, very obscure artist," he says in a new interview with rock bible, Rolling Stone.
"I never thought Irish radio would be turned on by my music - or any f***ing radio station, excuse my French.
"I'm still trying to figure out what's happening. I never wrote music for the mainstream.
"I think I was incredibly fortunate that the song [Take Me To Church] crossed over and people connected with it. Spotify played a big role. It's a discovery platform and it's been invaluable to me over the past year."
Hozier also said he will have little opportunity to work on any new material this year - as he is fully booked up until next Christmas.
He added: "Sadly, I'm too busy to work on my second album in any meaningful way. But I have a guitar with me everywhere I go and I'll try to keep the ideas coming.
"I just won't be able to do any meaningful work until 2016, I think.
"We've just had some fantastic offers this year and we don't want to pull any punches. We're really going for it."
Next Sunday, Hozier will once again be back in the spotlight, when he performs with Annie Lennox at the Grammy Awards.
It has been an incredible journey for the talented Co Wicklow singer, who spoke, perhaps prophetically, about the influence of death and rebirth on his life and music in an interview with the Sunday Independent last March, shortly after he played in Dublin music venue Whelan's, and just before his stunning ascent to international stardom.
Now, less than a year later, he is hoping to pick up a coveted Grammy following the nomination for Take Me To Church.
The video of the song has notched up a staggering 86 million views on YouTube, and has given him some cause for concern.
He said: "You don't want a song to be bigger than yourself. I mean, do you? Maybe you do. I don't know. I guess I'll find out."
Independent.ie Comments Facility
INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.
We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie