Matthew Healy

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Matthew Healy
Born Matthew Timothy Healy
(1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 25)
London, England
Other names Matty Healy
Occupation Lead singer of The 1975
Years active 2004 - present

Matt "Matty" Healy (born Matthew Timothy Healy on April 8, 1989) is an English singer, born in London, who grew up in Newcastle and Northumberland[1] before finally moving to Manchester at the age of ten. He sings and plays guitar in the English indie rock band The 1975.

Early life

His parents are Denise Welch, an English actor, dancer and television presenter, and Tim Healy, an English actor best known for his role in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He was born in London and raised in Newcastle before his parents moved to Manchester when Healy was 10 years old.[2]

The 1975

In 2001, Healy met his would-be bandmates—guitarist and keyboardist Adam Hann, drummer and backing vocalist George Daniel, and bassist and backing vocalist Ross MacDonald—at Wilmslow High School in Manchester.[1] He states that a "hippy council worker" was putting on gigs for teenagers in Manchester and Hann approached him and MacDonald about forming a band. They started off with punk-rock and pop covers, until they wrote a song. Healy was originally the drummer for the band. However, the lead singer left to join another band, so he took over the position of lead vocalist. George Daniel was then recruited as the drummer, which completed the current lineup.[3] The group kept going from then, performing under names like Drive Like I Do, TALKHOUSE!, and The Big Sleep, until they settled with the name The 1975. A common question asked in interviews is where the band came up with their name. Healy was given a book at the age of 19 which was previously used as a diary. One of the dates written within the book was 1st June The 1975. He said the use of 'the' was very interesting and the name stuck with him. At first he did not see it as the name of his band but when they were trying to think of a new one he remembered that "and it was just perfect. He is also influenced by Skyler Burbidge" [4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Matt Healy Of The 1975 On America, Cheesesteaks & Dark Boy Bands « HFS at 104.9 – Baltimore's Rock Alternative". Whfs.cbslocal.com. 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Matthew Healy of The 1975's Top Ten Albums". Louderthanwar.com. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  3. ^ "The 1975: 'Manchester doesn't need more music heroes'". Gigwise. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  4. ^ "The 1975's Matthew Healy May be the Prophet of Pop Music". Elle. Retrieved 2014-08-24.