Anonymous said: I just wanted to say HELLO from a Hozier fan in Omaha, Nebraska, USA and tell you what a great job you're doing on this website. I'm sure it's very much appreciated by the musicians, management, and fans. I worked with artists/bands as an artist manager for many years when I was much younger and seeing that people love the music and care so personally that helps keep artists and their teams going when the business part gets unpleasant and difficult. Best Wishes, Kelli Smith
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"In some respects, time hasn’t been on Hozier’s side recently. He was only in town three or four hours while performing at Lollapalooza, preventing him from checking out the Chicago blues that influenced him or seeing sights from “The Blues Brothers,” which he’d watch on repeat as a kid. Despite a willingness to participate in pretty much any skit while in studio to perform at “Saturday Night Live” (where he says Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Steven Spielberg were in attendance), there wasn’t time to make that happen.
On the other hand, now is a great time for the 24-year-old Irish singer/guitarist (full name: Andrew Hozier-Byrne). He just released his full-length, self-titled debut (which arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200) and his February show at the Riviera, which follows Sunday’s sold-out show at Metro, also is sold out. The video for the record’s lead single, “Take Me to Church,” has more than 15 million views, partially because it’s a striking depiction of the track’s outrage over institutional intolerance and partially because it’s a great song.”
“Even though you bring what you called a bright point of view to heavy material, do you ever get the sense people think you are more serious than you are because the songs have that intensity to them?
Sometimes, yeah. That can oftentimes be the case. But it wouldn’t take long to figure out that it’s not always the case in a live show; if I get a chance [I like] chatting with the audience. A lot of the songs reflect on heavy subjects but it is how it is. That’s [being] in the arts: You’re being interpreted by people, and people interpret you as different things.
How can you tell that that’s happening?
It’s more a thing when you meet people. I don’t know; I’m not used to people freaking out meeting me and stuff like that. It’s more every now and then with interviews or when you meet people, people being really concerned with dealing with heavy subjects and so on. Or it’s YouTube comments. Or Twitter things. We joke—I laugh a lot with some of the band members about what they offer I’m concerned with. Some interesting ones: “This guy is a broken man.” Or “This guy is so depressed.” People are commenting on your mental health and start making decisions based on appearances or whether they think you’re super-serious. In one case, “Oh my god, this guy is going to be dead in three years.” Stuff like that. “He’s really, really depressed” or whatever. So it’s worth a laugh.”
"Watch Hozier perform an 8-bit version of ‘Take Me To Church’
If you’ve listened to the radio in the past year, you’ve likely heard Hozier‘s hit single, ‘Take Me to Church’ — but you’ve definitely never heard it quite like this.
The Irish singer performed a jokey version of the song during an appearance on San Francisco-based Live 105 — a version that features an 8-bit video game-type soundtrack and Hozier’s best attempt at robotic vocals.
Check out video of the mini-performance above and contrast it with the original below.”