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Hozier: 'Taylor Swift's support was great, she has more followers than God'

Andy Welch

Published 14/05/2015 | 07:21

Hozier and Taylor Swift attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center
Hozier and Taylor Swift attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center

If you want a small indication just how much Andrew Hozier-Byrne's life has changed in the last year, simply glance across the pond to America.

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Social media has had a huge role in his success. When Stephen Fry saw the video for Take Me To Church, he posted a link to the song on his Twitter feed, and tens of thousands of his 9.6m-odd followers watched it.

But that pales into insignificance compared to Taylor Swift's high profile endorsement of his music.

The 1989 star tweeted links to Hozier's songs and told her fans they should check him out, before taking some equally starry friends to one of his shows.

Recording Artists Hozier and Taylor Swift attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center
Recording Artists Hozier and Taylor Swift attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center

The 6ft 5in Irishman and Swift were seen together on a number of occasions too, sparking rumours of romance.

Both were adamant they were just friends, but whatever, there are definitely worse people to be pals with.

"Taylor's support was great," he says. "I really did see a crossover of fans from that moment on. She has more followers than God, and you will see them go where she says, you see it on Twitter.

"My phone went crazy the first time she tweeted a link to one of my songs. It's really something, and I was very grateful. Word of mouth is still very important."

Hozier and Taylor Swift attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center
Hozier and Taylor Swift attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center

He says it was hard to keep track of his success when Take Me To Church was blowing up last year, although now things have calmed down a little, he's had some time for reflection on events.

"Good news hits you - it can take a while to sink in. 'I've been nominated for a Grammy? Great!'" he reasons.

"You have to allow yourself a moment to enjoy it, but it's not good to pat yourself on the back when everyone else is doing that.

"Of course, the great fear is getting too happy and never being able to write another song," he says.

"I suppose I'll just avoid happiness at all costs and then I'll still have material to work from."

Hozier performs at Slane Castle on May 30 and at Marlay Park on July 17

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