- Film & TV
- 17 Apr 23
In the past Late Late Show singer Hozier not only gave an interview, he also performed his new song 'Eat Your Young'.
In an interview at last Friday‘s Late Late Show, April 14th, singer-songwriter Hozier said that the message in his iconic hit single 'Take Me To Church' is "more applicable now" than a decade ago. On September 13th, the song will mark its 10th anniversary.
In the beginning of the show, host Ryan Tubridy introduced the Bray singer, saying, "The first time I met him, I was mesmerised by his talent." As a Hozier fan himself, Tubridy called him "one of the nicest guys" in the music scene.
Being his first hit single, Hozier said he "was very proud" when he wrote 'Take Me To Church' over a decade ago. Host Tubridy also noticed the brilliant music video that accompanied the tune, which "came out swinging," as he recognised.
Hozier mentioned that the hit is the first song he released. It was shared at a time when he "had no audience, so there was never any consideration of 'I wonder how people will respond to this'?"
"I suppose there was a kind of freedom that came with that song," Hozier said. "I never thought it would be a hit, but at the time there were these anti-gay laws in Russia and the video focused very much on that."
"And I was thinking that culturally we live in a pretty borderless world and it‘s very possible that something like that, with anti-gay, anti-LGBT sentiments could cross borders."
Watch Hozier's iconic 'Take Me To Church' video below:
On the question, why Hozier desires to make his musical political, he responded: "I don‘t think you can make art without there being a political dimension to it."
"We tend to think of politics that wears a suit and tie and sits in a government building and waffles on, an engages in party politics. But to me anything that‘s political just concerns the story of who we are. And our experience of living."
Hozier continued that a song "about going out on Saturday night and having a good time in a bar with your friends has loads of political dimensions."
After Hozier said that in his opinion almost everything has a political dimension, Tubridy asked if there is "anything in particular that" bothers him.
Hozier laughed and said that he is "still figuring out the limitations or the pitfalls. It‘s not that I write specifically with the view of 'Oh, I must create something political', it‘s just that generally, what filters through are things that might upset me or annoy me, or that people deserve better."
Hozier singing Eat Your Young live for the first time on the Late Late show tonight pic.twitter.com/U9RY7Z3oN3
— Hozier's Vocals (@hoziersvocalss) April 14, 2023
Later the evening, Ryan Tubridy talked to Hozier about his experience and plans for recording in Nashville, the Mecca of country music.
"It was wonderful. The people are so warm and so welcoming," Hozier said.
"The standard of musicianship is incredibly high. And the people are so incredibly down to earth even though there‘s a staggering amount of talent."
"And also the craft. The equal respect for the songwriting craft as an art form is really, really rich there. I had a really good time."
- Film & TV
- 01 Jun 23