Hozier: ‘I never aimed to rub shoulders with artists who make music designed to chart’

Singer also reckons song writing is 'mortal combat'

Hozier has said he finds it strange rubbing shoulders with artists in the UK singles chart who make music that is “designed” to chart.

The singer-songwriter who’s breakthrough hit ‘Take Me To Church’ peaked at Number Two said he never aimed for such a target.

He told The Sunday Times Culture magazine: “I never, ever, ever imagined having mainstream success, and it still amazes me. But it also makes me think that, if I can do it, there are so many other musicians who could as well.

“A lot of people complain about current music, about the Top 10 and the values reflected in it, but ‘Take Me To Church’ found room there, and that has to be good. Then again you’re suddenly rubbing shoulders with artists who make music that is ‘designed’ to chart and that’s not something I’ve ever aimed for.

“The danger is that, once you’re there it can be difficult to come back; you feel like you have to do it again. I’m very conscious of that, very watchful of myself. Songwriting can’t be about that. It means so much more; it’s mortal combat.”

Ellie Goulding recently covered Hozier‘s hit, sharing her cover version on Soundcloud.

It was beaten to No 1 by Goulding’s current single ‘Love Me Like You Do’, which is taken from the 50 Shades Of Grey soundtrack.

Goulding is currently working on her third album, the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Halcyon’. The only confirmed producer is Joel Little, who co-produced Lorde’s album ‘Pure Heroine’.

Hozier releases his new single ‘Someone New’ on March 23. He tours in May.

Hozier will play:
Newcastle O2 Academy (May 22)
Manchester Albert Hall (25)
Glasgow Barrowland (27)
Leeds O2 Academy (28)
County Meath Slane Castle (30)
London Roundhouse (June 1)
London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (2)
London Forum (3)