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’This is the only way we can do things now’: Matt Healy on the making of The 1975’s MPG Awards Album of the Year

The band scooped the award for their 2019 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Photo by Lee Thomas

The 1975 frontman and producer Matt Healy told PSNEurope, in an exclusive interview, that the making of their 2019 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships forced the band to ‘embrace mistake and limitations’.

PSNEurope spoke to Healy after the record scooped the Album of the Year gong at the 2020 MPG Awards.

Taking place at London’s Grosvenor House on Thursday, February 27, the star-studded bash also saw Healy and bandmate George Daniel receive the Self-Producing Artist of the Year Award for their work on the same record.

“This place is good to us,” Healy told PSNEurope. “We feel deeply humbled in the presence of our fellow nerds. This record happened over a long period of time. On our first two records we had this guidance from Mike Crossey, he helped us really understand how to use a studio, because before that we pretty much just made our EPs and other stuff in George’s bedroom.

“With this record we basically just moved into a house and did it over a year. It was this super extended session, so there was a lot of time for mistakes and embracing limitations. It is the first record we’ve done just us in a room.”

When asked if they would consider making their next album the same way, Healy responded: “I think  this is the only way we can do it now, due to the fact that it’s such a live-in process. We’re 17 years into being a band together and it’s a real life set-up, and external influences just aren’t necessary.”

Other big winners on the night included Dan Carey (UK Producer of the Year), Daniel Moyler (Recording Engineer of the Year), Marta Salogni (Breakthrough Producer of the Year), Matt Colton (Mastering Engineer of the Year), Stormzy (UK Single Song release fo the Year) and The Church Studios (Studio of the Year).

Click here for the full list of winners.