WHEN Hozier scored a huge global hit with Take Me To Church, no one was more surprised than the Irish singer-songwriter. “It was amazing,” he says. “I didn’t think it would be a mainstream pop record.” Reaching No1 in 12 countries, the 2013 anthem was a tirade against organised religion and had a powerful video portraying homophobic abuse in Russia. Along with his self-titled debut album, it got the singer noticed. Hozier — whose real name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne — says: “It was a trial by fire. I was learning by doing it and it was a very steep incline. This time around, I’m more relaxed.” The musician, who I meet in a West London hotel, is about to release second album Wasteland, Baby! and is intent on enjoying all aspects of the experience. “Even the early mornings,” he laughs, referring to his 4.30am alarm-call today to appear on Chris Evans’ breakfast show on Virgin Radio. Hozier, 28, is … [Read more...] about Hozier says he doesn’t care about chart success or being a popstar as he prepares to release second album Wasteland, Baby!