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Just as technology has erased the lines between music fans, it’s also eroding those between musicians.
Most of The 1975’s songs are recorded direct to laptops, while the whole band also trigger electronic sounds in their live sets. Most importantly, hits such as The City and Chocolate showcase a masterful melding of guitar and synth sounds.
“Synths are the fundamental,” explains Matt of their writing process. “It starts with George [Daniel, drums] making a beat and a synth sound. We normally use pads – these rolling synthesisers – in the background, then a bass line will get added and the guitars are the last thing, which is why they’re so detailed.
"A track like The City, that was a real composite of electronic music and live music: writing the live music, taking a live drum beat and then looping it, taking a live guitar and looping it. It was the first time we started using laptops and embracing it as our sound.”