One Direction may be on hiatus, but they're still facing some criticism for what they did a few years ago! The 1975 singer Matt Healy recently opened up about working with the boy band, and says that it totally turned him off of writing for pop acts. He insists that they basically ripped off one of his band's songs.
“They got me in, and they said ‘We really like your band. Would you write a song for us?’ They didn’t seem to be actually that interested; they just wanted to play me this song that they said was really, really inspired by us," he told Spin.
The song that they played for him was "Change Your Mind, which sounds similar to his group's song, "Girls."
Matt says that he told the group, ‘“Listen guys, fill your boots, the song doesn’t sound that much like ‘Girls.’ But the guitar and the whole vibe of it is a complete lift. So take the guitars off, and we’re good.”
While the group agreed, Matt was upset when the song was included in Four as a bonus track, along with the guitars and "vibe." The singer was mostly frustrated because the group didn't explain that he didn't help write the tune.
“It would have been a bad 1975 song,” he explained.
There's no bad blood, and Matt insists that they're "nice guys," but says that the experience turned him off of writing for popular acts. He brought up the fact that they were created on X Factor by Simon Cowell.
“Oh, well…they’re four guys who queued up outside an arena to sing in front of Simon Cowell. Do they really have any artistic credibility? That sounds like a mean thing to say, but it’s a good question. Like, do they?”
Yikes! One Direction's artistic credibility has been called into question in the past, but we thought the relationship between 1D and Matt was pretty chill. He pranked them with a phone call a few years ago, so it seemed like they were pretty close. Maybe he's cool with them as friends — just not musical collaborators!
What do you think about Matt's argument? Do you feel like 1D ripped off The 1975? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!