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However, the amount of new bands that indie and major record labels sign is “shockingly” high. You put the amount of bands that are signed together with people independently clogging up online, and that’s hard to cut across,” he explains.
This knowledge can prey on young artists: when appearing on The X Factor in 2012, singer/songwriter Lucy Spraggan suffered anxiety, paranoia and depression.
“Cocooning” the musicians is a tactic Marshall’s often used, keeping his artists away from the finer details when deciding what opportunities to take so they can focus on performing and being creative.
However, cocoon the musicians too much and you risk alienating them.
“There has been a lack of good solid experienced management in the UK.
What has happened is, a lot of managers have become facilitators, so they facilitate what the musicians want to do, organise it and coordinate it.
But towards the end, as only lovers can, she became quite mean and cruel to me.
That’s brought more money into the arena business and the pressures there are huge,” he says.At charity level, there have been efforts to increase the support available for musicians suffering with mental health issues.The Musicians’ Benevolent Fund rebranded as Help Musicians UK last year in an effort to create more awareness of the diverse range of services they offer, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has been working with them to help raise their profile; the charity is also about to begin more detailed research into mental health, including performance anxiety.And then, less tangibly, there’s the increasingly inhibiting ordeal of modern celebrity to contend with; a running theme throughout Amy is the incessant hounding of her by the press – shoving cameras through car windows, and glamorising her destructive relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil.In dealing with this, there’s a fine balance to strike.