Read Matty Healy’s “uncensored” interview – talks addiction, hate for the indie scene

Read Matty Healy’s “uncensored” interview – talks addiction, hate for the indie scene
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The 1975 have just announced that their new upcoming album will be titled Music For Cars. Frontman Matty Healy was featured in a cover story interview with the UK’s The Times.

Within the interview, Healy talks about overcoming addiction, among numerous other things. Set in Healy’s kitchen with the “unmistakable smell” of weed lingering in the air, Healy compared the scent inside his London home to that of Bob Marley’s sock. From there, the conversation took off to Healy’s childhood, his mother’s cocaine and alcohol addiction, and how his mother has been clean since 2011.

Healy says his mother’s sobriety has helped him begin to work on himself, saying, “But I don’t drink anymore, or at least I don’t drink at home. And although I still smoke weed, I consider it a lesser of many evils.”

The 1975 have always fought for cases that were important to them, such as their partnership with the It Gets Better Project. A special It Gets Better hoodie was made available for their single “Loving Someone.” According to their label Dirty Hit, the pride-related merchandise will raise funds for the It Gets Better Project.

That’s when Healy mentions the apathy of the indie music scene how it turns him off.

“Well, that whole ‘I don’t give a shit’ thing has never really gone far with me,” he says. “It’s why indie is my most hated [music] scene — a scene where you pretend you don’t care in order to not get judged on how bad you are as a musician. But times have moved on. I’m a privileged middle-class kid from Macclesfield. I can’t pretend to be what I’m not.”

Though Healy does love fashion. But not going to fashion shows. He says his popularity has halted him from attending such events, as the media tends to notice more these days.

“They make me realise I’m more famous than I think I am. It’s like, ‘Don’t take pics of me, I’m here to look at the bloody clothes!’ But I’m not sure how you’re going to write that without making me sound like a dickhead.”

The 1975 are currently wrapping up a North American tour supported by Pale Waves and Colouring. They will be performing a sold-out show on June 1st at Madison Square Garden.

Read the full interview with The Times here.