Matt Healy says One Direction members may be
Matt Healy says One Direction members may be "nice guys", but they have no "artistic credibility". Bang Showbiz

1975's Matt Healy: One Direction copied our band... poorly

MATT Healy has slammed One Direction.

The 1975 rocker blasted Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson for getting their start on TV talent show 'The X Factor', claiming that they have no artistic credibility.

Despite claiming the boyband are "nice guys", Matt told "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?"

Matt also opened up about a writing session with the group which did not go well.

He said: "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."

The song was 'Change Your Ticket' which was reportedly influenced by The 1975's 'Girls'.

After hearing the song, Matt told them: "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."

However, he was annoyed when the unchanged song appeared on One Direction's album 'Four', explaining: "It would have been a bad 1975 song."

Both Matt and Harry have been romantically linked to Taylor Swift in the past, although Matt insisted he wasn't in a relationship with the 'Shake It Off' singer.

He said: "I wore her T-shirt one night, she wore one of mine. It's not like we were dating or anything.

"I think you have to... care a specific way about how people feel about you to want to be in those worlds. God bless Taylor Swift... But I couldn't live that life. I couldn't be that famous."