English indie rock band The 1975 composed of Matt Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums, backing vocals) and Ross MacDonald (bass), is now in Manila for a much-anticipated concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 24, 2014, Saturday. In an interview with the Philippine press at Diamond Hotel, the band remarked that they have truly missed their fans in the country.
“It's a very nice place aesthetically, it's very beautiful, it’s a very interesting place culturally. We like it here [in Manila]. We’re kind of big over here but when you get off on an airport like France compared to Manila… non-existing. We're very popular here, we miss the fandom, we miss the intensity, we miss the fan girls, we miss our fans here definitely,” lead vocalist Matthew Healy said.
On their musical influences, the band relayed that they have been inspired by numerous artists but they stressed that their music has always represent who they are as a band. “I think I could sit here for hours about every band that inspired us but we are a true amalgamation of all certain styles that we listen to. It doesn't matter song to song, it doesn’t have to be a direct correlation, you can make whatever music you want as long as you are the same person,” Matthew shared.
With hit songs like “Chocolate”, “Settle Down”, “Girls”, The 1975 shared that they try to be as honest as possible when it comes to writing their songs. Matthew said, “Honesty is the only thing that I have as a lyricist and I think that you can be as profound and as intelligent or wordy as you want but nothing resonates with more than a talent fact that ‘Oh My God that's me, you know.’ You could execute an idea in somebody's head, I think you could execute a grandiose idea that is to be debated in so many different ways and you can do it in a sentence and that people can relate to.”
The band has achieved massive success worldwide and they have been touring around the globe. When asked about the best moment they had on their entire journey, Matthew commented, “I don’t know what the best thing was because it was all a blur. I can’t pick out what happened this year what happened in 2013, in 2014. I don’t really know anymore. I think it is not so much about the moments you expect, it's that moments when on your own when you realize how different things are.’
He added, “It's the moments that we get here. We were living in a van before, the times when you realize the best things is when you realized how far you've come, how far you've traveled, that's how when you realize that you become retrospective and more emotional.”