The 1975’s Matty Healy never minces his words. He keeps things as clear as possible and in the most respectful manner. His thoughts may differ from others, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is an excellent performer in the group.
Matty Healy appeared on the Tape Notes podcast and clearly shared his thoughts on why he thinks that plugins are lame. He even talked about why smartphones are lame too. It’s interesting to know that he has a different outlook towards things.
Healy jumped into the conversation when the interviewer John Kennedy started his talks with the drummer George Daniel. The question was about what kind of in-the-box stuff he enjoys using. Healy interjected himself into the conversation and said that every useful stuff is annoying. He said his phone is useful but annoying at the same time.
Yeah, but useful stuff is annoying – like, my phone’s useful, [but] fucking annoying. You can get so lost in those kinds of places – ‘what’s the right keyboard sound?’. It could take you forever. So we just kind of like limited those kinds of things.
Healy noted that when they decided to make their new album Being Funny in a foreign language, they decided to use some new things, and then he googled about it only to stumble upon Roland’s JV-1080 sound module, which is a ‘90s classic.
I bought that during lockdown after Googling “what keys did Fleetwood Mac use”, because I knew they weren’t real but they always sounded like semi-organic sort of sounds. We’d been trying to get those sounds but never sort of nailed them. Anything that creates imperfection or enhances imperfection is what I’m into now, or hyper-creative plugins like sequenced effects.
Daniel and Healy had different opinions on the same topic and one has to wonder how they work together as a cohesive unit. While that’s a mystery, it’s no mystery that Healy hates these plugins as they add more amount, but no substance.
What are your thoughts on these comments by Matty Healy? Chime in.