Hozier Never Aimed to Rank Among ‘Artists Who Make Music Designed to Chart’
In a recent interview with the U.K.'s The Sunday Times, Irishman Hozier claimed that he never aimed to be placed alongside other musicians who make music with the sole purpose of making the charts. His infectiously popular single, "Take Me to Church," climbed rapidly to the No. 2 spot on the U.K. Singles Chart, which, the singer-songwriter has made clear, was not his intention.
Without malice, Hozier stated, "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."
He went on to explain how he now feels pressured to remain in that space, and how he plans on combating the urge: "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."