Tuesday 27 September 2016

Hozier in Hollywood: 'It was a tricky one'

Sasha Brady

Published 05/07/2016 | 12:08

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Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie promoting The Legend Of Tarzan in London

Irish musician Hozier has recorded a soundtrack for The Legend of Tarzan but he admits the aggressive deadline was a challenge.

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From Bray to Hollywood, Hozier has travelled far as his profile soars, becoming one of our most recognised and well-respected contemporary musicians.

The award-winning singer has even dipped his toe into movies, recently penning a song for Warner Brothers latest offering, The Legend of Tarzan, starring Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard.

Speaking to the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, the 26-year-old admitted the aggressive deadline was challenging.

Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie promoting The Legend Of Tarzan in London
Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie promoting The Legend Of Tarzan in London

"I was in LA around eight weeks ago, and I was just finishing up the last tour commitments. The filmmakers reached out, and because I was in the city at the time I was able to see an early edit of the film."

He added: "It was a tricky one, it was literally the first week where I had no commitments so it was the first chance I'd had to take on a project like that.

"It was eight weeks ago that I'd heard about it and there was a four-week deadline to deliver it mixed and mastered. It's kind of one of those things where you can't make any promises on it. If I have a demo in about five days to a week, great.

"It's hard to force an idea if it doesn't feel right."

The song, Better Love, was recorded in the Abbey Road studios, a privilege the 26-year-old recently described on Twitter as an "absolute joy".

"We finished off the track in Abbey Road with an orchestral ensemble. Alex Ryan, who is an old friend of mine and a band member, arranged the strings, so it was great to be back in studio with him."

The Wicklow native revealed that "life has been insane" as he travels between continents, barely taking a break since he presented the world with his career-launching track, Take Me To Church, in 2014.

He told Newstalk listeners that he's ready to take some time off to work on his next album and admits the songs are "getting there".

"I haven't had the space and time to let them find their way to being full songs. I'm excited to settle down and make something of them."

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