The 1975’s Matty Healy on the idea of masculinity and getting ‘slapped about’ in Manchester

"I’ve never been interested in masculinity as an idea because I’ve never been fearful of it"

Matty Healy has spoken about masculinity in the modern age in a new interview.

Speaking to GQ HYPE, The 1975 frontman said that he was picked on a little as a teenager in Manchester “for having long hair and looking like a poofta”. He also spoke of the influence of his mother the TV actor and personality Denise Welch, and the ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’ actor Tim Healy.

“I did get slapped about a bit,” he said, before adding, “but who didn’t get stuff for being slightly different? It’s like I’ve never been interested in masculinity as an idea because I’ve never been fearful of it.


“Maybe it’s the duality of my dad being a working-class welder who graduated into being an actor and a more bohemian character. He was a working-class lad. I was witness to the masculinity and that role model in my life, but all his mates were gay and liberal and of colour. I’m lucky to have never really been a witness to that much prejudice.”

Elsewhere in the interview Healy spoke of the band’s upcoming fourth record, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, which is due for release before August 2019. “We’re at a time now when people enjoy that level of emotional investment, as long as it’s rewarding,” he said. “And I make albums. I don’t make singles. So I’ve just got to make another album. Also, to feel like I have a purpose, because otherwise what the fuck am I doing?”

The 1975’s Matty Healy live at The O2, London

Healy also said that he is looking forward to his 30s in which he plans to work on other people’s records and produce soundtracks.

Meanwhile, The 1975 recently renewed their record deal with Dirty Hit, and are now set to make another three albums with the celebrated label.

Dirty Hit – which is also home to Wolf AlicePale WavesMarika HackmanThe Japanese HouseNo Rome and Benjamin Francis Leftwich – have supported The 1975 since their debut EP ‘Facedown’ in 2012.


Asked if there was already a plan is place as to what the two albums after ‘Notes On Conditional Form’ will involve, Dirty Hit boss Oborne told NME: “Oh my god, do you know what – there is. I’m refusing to talk to Healy [Matty, frontman] about it at the moment because it’s making me really anxious!

“We’ll worry about that when we’ve finished ‘Notes…’, because I strongly believe that you can only make one album at a time. But he does very much have quite a defined idea for what the follow-up is, what it’s called and what it actually sounds like. The kid’s a fucking force of nature and I love it. It keeps everyone on their toes.”

Oborne added: “I always say that there are two types of artist: those who want to do it and those who have to do it. The 1975 and a lot of the artists that we work to fall into the latter category. There isn’t another option. This is their identity, it’s how they express themselves, it’s the thing that keeps them alive.”