Hozier has had a whirlwind year with the release of his second studio album Wasteland, Baby! along with his EP Nina Cried Power just a few months earlier.
Its all culminated with a set at Lollapalooza this weekend, taking the stage before The Strokes to close out the night.
Hozier first came to Lollapalooza five years ago off the success of his self-titled debut album and had a multi-year tour of the world that followed. After the extensive process, he took a break to refuel and reinvigorate his creative process. What resulted was his fantastic sophomore album and EP.
"I was kind of processing ideas. I took a few months before I started making demos again," Hozier explained before his performance. "On the road I collected hundreds of little voice memos and little scribbled notes of song ideas."
"Soon after I started working on tunes again" he continues. "That's a good feeling. I missed that. The first love is really hammering together songs, and making something that hadn't existed before. That's super exciting."
For more on the recording of Wasteland, Baby! and how the anxiousness of our times influenced his writing, check out the full interview with Hozier below.