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'Being met with squeals and screams, I haven’t gotten used to that’ – Hozier

Published 11/05/2015 | 10:56

Hozier chats to Rolling Stone
Hozier chats to Rolling Stone

Hozier is currently in the midst of his North American tour and encountering a level of fame that has seen screaming female fans greet him at every venue.

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In a video interview with Rolling Stone he addressed the issue of the aforementioned females and said, "Being met with squeals and screams, I haven't got used to that yet".

Of his gruelling tour schedule, which will see him tour the US through the summer and popping home for Slane, he says, "Every day is very much like, quick, wake up, go, go, go there's this, that and the other, then there;s a show, then you're kind of spent, back to bed and do it again the next day.

"You get wrapped up in it so much you don't think about where you are or what you're doing and the fact essentially that your dreams are coming true, this is a dream."

The 25-year-old musician from Bray also spoke about being drawn to blues music and "one man, one voice, one guitar".

In light of recent backlash from religious figures in the US who ahve criticised Take Me to Church for its anti-religious sentiment, Hozier said he is "not first and foremost a message artist" but "definitely what I feel strongly about does come through in the music.

"But then again a lot of people enjoy Take Me to Church and don't know if maybe there's a message behind that but they enjoy the music and don't really read into that. 

"For me the lyric is incredibly important.  It's the first thing I listen to.  It's where the person is,the story is, where the heart is".

Bible bashers want Hozier 'to be more like Bono'  

Of the pressure to emulate the success of his massive hit Take Me to Church he ventures, "It's easy to get caught up in the success of that song and think to myself, I have to repeat that.

"If I kind of remember about why I started writing music or what it is I want to write music for, all I can do is write the music I feel I need to write."

He adds, "I think it's just keep a cool head.  Get out there and enjoy it."

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