- 17 Aug 23
Hozier’s upcoming album Unreal Unearth will be released tomorrow, 18 August. He recently played a sold out gig at Malahide castle in Dublin and will play three 3 Arena shows this December.
Hozier said he’d consider striking if AI started to pose a threat to the music industry in a similar action to the ongoing US actors and writer’s strikes.
Appearing on BBC’s Newsnight, the 33-year-old was asked if he could imagine going on strike over the threat AI poses to music.
“Joining in solidarity if there was… action on that? Absolutely," he said. "It can’t create something based on a human experience. So I don’t know if it meets the definition of art."
Concerns have been raised in Hollywood over proposals by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to use artificial intelligence to keep a digital likeness of actors.
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The Grammy-nominated Wicklow native also discussed the death of Sinead O’Connor, who passed away last month aged 56.
He said he’s "walking on this road that she paved", referencing her SNL appearance in 1992 when O’Connor tore a photo of Pope John Paul II.
Hozier’s debut single ‘Take Me To Church’ criticised the Catholic Church’s shaming of sexual orientation. The hit reached number two in Ireland, the UK and America.
"I think sensibilities have changed,” he said, referencing the shift in social reaction.
"I think part of it is because Sinead was a woman. I think a lot of it is she was one of the first who had that courage to stand up and say it. That was such a taboo at the time."