Jamie Oborne says Manchester band struggled for 7 years
Gaby Whitehill

15:51 22nd November 2013

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The 1975's record label boss and manager Jamie Oborne has revealed the band were turned down by "every label in the UK."

Speaking at Belfast Music Week, Oborne said Matt Healy and co struggled to get signed for seven years - and singles 'Chocolate' - which was recently voted Radio 1's top track of the last five years - and 'Sex', now massive hits for the group, were written three years ago but labels didn't see the tracks as radio-friendly.

"I managed The 1975 for almost seven years and it got to the point where the band were sick of listening to promises that never came off," Oborne claims.
"[When the band started to get attention] people on Twitter were saying how they had blown up out of nowhere - but it’s like, fuck, if only you know the amount of manpower and money that went into that artist [beforehand] you wouldn’t be saying that."
Watch the 1975's tour film 'Head.Cars.Bending' below:

The Manchester band eventually signed to Oborne's own label, Dirty Hit, in 2012. Their eponymous number one debut album, which was released in September, has now been certified Platinum. 

Below - The 1975 perform triumphant show at the O2, Glasgow:

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