Matt Healy: ‘I have to create all the time. Otherwise I feel I don’t have a purpose’
The lead singer of The 1975 likes challenging assumptions and broadening musical palettes in any way that makes sense to him, whether it’s including a saxophone or a Thunberg solo on the band’s new album
What’s the first thing you need to know before you interview Matt Healy? Probably that he doesn’t do small talk, so there’s not much point trying to engage him in it.
The lead singer of The 1975, one of the biggest British bands of this generation, might have 2.1 million followers on Twitter and can sell out Dublin’s 3Arena in jig time, but Healy didn’t come to his current...
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