Hozier: I thought of myself as a very obscure artist

He’s the Grammy-nominated Irish singer-songwriter who’s enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in little over a year.

Hozier: I thought of myself as a very obscure artist

But Hozier has admitted he’s still struggling to come to terms with the fact that he’s a global star.

The multi-instrumentalist’s smash hit ‘Take Me To Church’ has been nominated in the song of the year category at next weekend’s Grammy Awards, where he will also perform with Annie Lennox.

However, the 24-year-old, from Bray, Co Wicklow — who has been championed by the likes of Taylor Swift and Adele — stressed that he’s more surprised than anyone at his massive success.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said: “I always thought of myself as a very, very obscure artist.

“I never thought Irish radio would be turned on by my music — or any fucking 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 told the magazine that he will have little opportunity to work on any new material this year as he is booked up till Christmas.

He said: “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.”

Hozier admitted the success of ‘Take Me To Church’ — the video of which has notched up 86m views on YouTube — has given him cause for concern. “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.”

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