The UK rocker revealed that he has a family history of depression, and that cannabis has been a tool to help him get by.
Last year, The 1975 produced a strong argument that rock music is far from dead. Its look and texture has changed, but the Brit rock-pop group delivered the quintessential millennial anthem “Love It If We Made It” (Pitchfork named it the Best Song of 2018), not to mention hits like “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You” and “Sincerity Is Scary.” And according to a new feature from The FADER, marijuana might’ve played a significant role in the group’s musical creation.
The 1975’s Matt Healy, who went to rehab for heroin addiction, says cannabis has played a huge role in his recovery. In addition, the plants helps the singer stabilize his mental wellness, as he has a family history of depression. Healy himself has avoided getting diagnosed.
“Smoking weed has been a massive part of my life—it’s been, like, my tool, which sounds really bad,” Healy told The FADER. “But when I first started smoking weed, it was like this symphony in my head of every song I’ve ever written.”
“I could’ve gotten diagnosed when I was younger, but I knew they were just going to tell me to stop smoking weed,” he continued. “That wasn’t an option, so I never did. It’s as simple as that.”
While it’s easer to interpret that as someone who has developed a personal dependency, The 1975 frontman added that he can quit smoking anytime.
“I can’t [quit smoking marijuana] right at the moment, but I know I physically can,” he said. “When I have kids, I don’t want to be blazing up in front of my kids all the time.” Though he couldn’t help adding: “Surely I have some license to be a cool dad, right?”
This isn’t the first time Matt Healy opened up to a music publication about his marijuana usage. A couple years ago, Rolling Stone asked the UK rocker which was better: American or British weed?
“The kush in California is crazy. I always knew the weed was better in America, but I didn’t know how much better. The nugs are so big they look like cartoons.”
“Well, my generation wanna f*** Barack Obama / Living in a sauna with legal marijuana,” The 1975’s lead singer Matt Healy roars in their new single, “People.”