Several months ago, we brought you the trailer for Asif Kapadia's highly anticipated film, Amy. The biopic promised a new perspective on the singer’s life and tragic decline, as well as a peak into the often veiled dark side of the entertainment industry. Now, two days after its UK release, Music Business Worldwide brings an interview with Amy's ex-manager (and major contributor to the film) Nick Shymansky.
The well received documentary reveals a different side of Amy including unheard tracks from the singer who reportedly worked until the day she died. In the interview, Shymansky points to different facets of the industry and questionable decision-making among Amy’s inner-circle as causes for her downward spiral.
Shymansky argues that there was never any recognition of Amy’s talent or respect for her space. He wonders, had she been given the space, if things could have been different.
According to the manager, there were many contributors to Winehouse’s illnesses including her self-decidedly intense work schedules, which created an unnecessarily stressful environment, a questionable support team, and poor budget management.
The interview closes with Shymansky’s earnest open statement that mental health is “not a music business problem, [and that] depression is still not treated properly as it should be everywhere…there could be a lot more compassion for what’s actually going on and awareness.”
The powerful documentary will be opening nationwide in the US on July 10, but until then you can read MBW’s full article and interview here.