Matty Healy Slams Music Industry as 'Cruel Money Pit' in Fiery Speech

Matty Healy reflects on music's unique emotional influence.

by Nouman Rasool
Matty Healy Slams Music Industry as 'Cruel Money Pit' in Fiery Speech
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The always outspoken Matty Healy picked up the award for Best Group and didn't hold back when talking about his thoughts on music. Last Friday, the ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor Hotel and was presented by music charity Nordoff & Robbins.

The 35-year-old artist let fly during his acceptance speech, branding the music industry a "cruel and shallow money trench where thieves and pimps run free" before declaring: "Good men die like dogs. Healy said this with tongue in cheek as regular doses of bleakness accompanied his line work.

That description is similar to what American journalist Hunter S. Thompson wrote in his 1988 book, "Generation of Swine," when he first called the television industry a brutal sham. Healy's twist on Thompson's conclusion hammers home his disdain for where the music industry is heading.

Healy then switched the mood of his speech, expanding on how important music is in everyday life. "Quote: The majesty we receive with the privilege of listening to music is unparalleled. His father, the actor Tim Healy of "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" fame, watched in pride from the audience.

Music's Emotional Command

We’re here because of music; the medium itself is completely different to anything else,” continued Healy. To how various Arty varieties inspire emotions, saying, "Literature paints a picture of what one ought to be feeling Nothing that me or painting movie can do -- even music which dominates you." He talked about how music is inescapable; it dictates so much of what we do and, more importantly, how intertwined with our life events are - especially when things get hard.

This event supports the work of Nordoff and Robbins — the UK's largest music therapy charity—professional music therapists - who provide treatment for autism, dementia, learning difficulties brain injuries, etc.

Healy had earlier said he was there to pay tribute to Nordoff and Robbins with a 'good news day,' but the charity only received mention at the end of his statement. In the recent past, Healy has got himself in a number of controversies when he made racist comments about rapper Ice Spice as well women and Japanese on podcast. In April 2023, he apologized to Ice Spice and explained himself: "I don't want to sound sort of mean-hearted.