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Interviewer: It’s no secret that some of your newer fans heard about you through Harry styles tweet. Do you believe that the Internet is beneficial to creating a following and are there any drawbacks…

Matty: Of course that tweet opened us up on a very, very formulaic normal kind of social media level of a famous person tweeting that opened us up to a lot of fans…which is interesting because what we did was we just juxtaposed our idea of what the Internet is…so all we did was have one black and white video with nothing else, no Twitter, no anything, and let people discover it because the idea of desire, the idea of wanting to obtain something is so much stronger than feeling like you’ve obtained something because you get over that, you don’t get over the one that got away you know? So you have to be confident in yourself and not push yourself…you just have to wait for the world to catch up to you.

Interviewer: So how did that tweet make you feel..it made you feel more popular than before, did you see it as a good thing as a band, did you want more time to grow before that happened…

Matty: Well no, in regards to the sense of our evolution as people or as a band we’ve got enough confidence because we’ve been doing this for ten years. So the fact that we’ve been doing it for ten years has given us enough confidence in the creative process. I don’t know how I feel about it…I don’t want to be a resentful popstar who is living the dream doing everything he’s ever wanted to do, but I don’t know what it means…I kinda feel like I am living this dream…one of the things that I thought would make me happy, you know, popularity, validation of my peers, validation of my heroes, a number one album, statistical material acquisition, they’re quite brittle really, they don’t really make you genuinely happy,  I’m kind of looking for happiness. There’s a line in Girls “I know you’re looking for salvation in the secular age, but I’m not your savior” the girl is just me being defensive, I’m actually talking about me, I don’t really know what I want, so…

interviewer: But that might be your age, no?

Matty: Of course, but you’ve got to remember also that is so amplified by my position in what is pop culture. I’ll be honest with you…I don’t want to come across as arrogant, but it’s obvious that I’ve now become this kind of figure of sexual desire for amongst younger teenage girls, for whatever reason, that is the case, so that’s weird enough for me because I come from an experimental, ambient band where our hair covered our faces for the majority of our careers so we never thought of ourselves as a band that girls would be into it, so that’s weird, but it’s also being a figure of intellectual desire because kids are like looking up to me, telling me constantly how much they look up to me, I don’t throw away any fan mail no matter how weird or small it is and I’ve had to buy luggage to carry it so now I don’t even have just emotional baggage I have physical baggage of other peoples’ emotions, it’s a hard thing to take for a twenty four year old person especially someone who is so neurotic, insecure and…so…I don’t know how I feel about the Internet. I think it’s a weird place, I think it’s dangerous, I think people like us we grew up in a world where it wasn’t everything, now it is everything, and it’s  created this fake social dialogue where kids, children believe that they’re really connecting with each other but they’re not, it’s not real, it’s not like a human thing, the amount of kids, their first question is ‘will you follow me on Twitter’ as if that kind of digital code is like a real   validation, I’ve said to kids, “No  remember this moment, that I’ve met you now, this is what all you wanted” I don’t understand it and I don’t want kids to grow up thinking that kind of thing really matters, because it doesn’t, I don’t want to be complicit in the idea that it does either, but it’s difficult not to because you’ll ostracize kids you don’t want to tell them to ‘fuck off’ so what do you do? I don’t know.

I seriously would love to sit and chat with this guy. SO much to say about all of this. I really think Harry Styles will be saying similar shit in his mid twenties. I’m also curious to hear what Matt Healy will be saying in his early thirties. Also I love how he stops in the middle of this interview and discusses how awesome it is that the interviewer knows multiple languages and how he really wishes he had been pushed to learn more than one when he was a kid which is LITERALLY the SOML.