The 1975’s Matt Healy recalls the time Usher mistook him for Skrillex

Awkward moment took place at SXSW festival in 2013

The 1975 frontman Matt Healy has claimed that Usher once thought he was Skrillex.

The incident allegedly took place at South by Southwest festival in 2013, Healy said in a recent interview with Pitchfork.

“I was standing by the side of the stage and Usher – actual fucking Usher – bounded over to me, like, ‘Yo man, what’s up?’ And I’m like, ‘Hello, mate. How you doing?’ And then he made some weird excuse and left very quickly.”

Healy continued: “As he was leaving, I realised he thought I was fucking Skrillex, and it pissed me off so much. I haven’t run into him since – but I’m definitely going to pretend to be Skrillex if I do.”


The singer went on to say: “When you start becoming a pop star, you think, ‘Hold on a second, maybe my life is different now—maybe all these people that I thought of as celebrities are going to be normal, and when I walk into a room I’m going to be really cool and so is everyone else’. But that’s not what happens at all – I was awkward, and then I just retreated from any social engagement for about a year. I’m a bit of a hermit now.”

“Russell Brand has an amazing quote: ‘My life is a series of embarrassing events strung together by me telling people about those embarrassing events.’ I empathise with that.”

The 1975 played Glastonbury Festival at the weekend. They will follow their upcoming appearances at Wireless and Reading And Leeds festivals with a one-off headline date at London O2 on December 16.