Hozier (a previous student of Trinity College Dublin) recently received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage at a special ceremony at the Ed Burke Theatre in Trinity’s Arts Block. Hozier was completing a degree in music here in Trinity when he was forced to drop out so he could begin recording his first demos at the request of Universal Music Ireland.
Above: Hozier in Trinity College Dublin
Although the recording didn’t materialise into anything meaningful, it gave the young singer an appetite for the creative process, resulting in the release of his first solo EP – Take Me To Church. The self-titled single taken from the EP went on to become an immediate success receiving critical acclaim and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The single has been certified five times platinum in the US and reached the Top 10 of music charts in 12 different countries.
A part of the Trinity College Dublin Student Activism Festival, Hozier attended the aforementioned special ceremony at the Ed Burke Theatre on Saturday 12th of March last. The singer spoke openly for over an hour about life on the road as a musician, his creative process, and touring. The singer did confirm at the event that he is due to take a year break from touring as he wishes to focus on the recording and writing process for his much anticipated second album.