The 1975’s Matt Healy: ‘I know I’m pretentious and I’m not apologising’

Frontman also explains why he wants his band's music to reach as many people as possible.

The 1975’s Matt Healy has admitted he is “pretentious” – and taken ownership of it.

During his latest interview, the frontman also spoke about the band’s ever-growing popularity, saying he’s “excited” by the idea of their music reaching a wider audience.

“I know I am pretentious, but I’d be the first person to tell you that,” the singer, who has a dog named Allen Ginsberg, told The Guardian.

“And I’m not apologising, because I’m bored of indie bands that are terrified of doing anything that could be perceived as aspirational, so they don’t affect the status quo of their little cliquey band world; where everyone has to think that each band is as cool as the other band, and you’re not allowed to play to a show of over 30 people, and everyone has to be a fucking lesbian.”

“It’s way more pretentious to pretend you don’t care about something,” he added.

The 1975 – Love Me

‘Love Me’ from The 1975’s new album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ is out now – Directed by Diane Martel

Explaining that he wants 1975 to become as popular as possible, Healy continued: “There’s this elite thing, where everybody’s petrified of the idea that you could want your music to reach lots of people, but that’s what excites me.”

“The idea of starting in a room and then bleeding out across humanity, the idea of one of my songs being on in a car while people are having an argument that really matters to them, or a song being on when somebody has that moment when they feel really alive. I want that,” he explained.

“I don’t want unaspirational bullshit. There is no time for it in art. I come on stage and go: ‘This is what I do and I’m proud of it.’”

The 1975 – The Sound

‘The Sound’ from The 1975’s new album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’. Out now –

As well as revealing that the band’s hit single ‘The Sound’ was nearly given to One Direction, Healy recently teased that new material from The 1975 could be released as early as next year.

He also made headlines after calling out Rod Liddle for “sexist” comments the journalist made about Emma Watson.

See The 1975’s upcoming UK arena tour dates below.

Manchester, Arena (December 13)
London, The O2 (December 15, 16)
Newcastle, Arena (December 17)
Glasgow, Hydro (December 19)
Bournemouth, International Centre (December 21)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (December 22)