How A Nice Bit Of Healthy Competition Made Back To Black So Special For Amy Winehouse
When Amy Winehouse invited Sarah J. Edwards to join her for a manicure, a very special conversation happened. The ladies discussed success formulas, sampling and collaborations. Amy shared stories of making of her monumental album Back To Black and her desire to create a super girl group. The original story was first published in BLAG Vol. 2 Nø 7 print edition in 2006. Read an exclusive excerpt from the story here
"The way me and Mark worked was like…musically we just fell in love on the spot. Completely. It was love at first sight!"
Can you tell us about the fact you’d been used to working with Salaam and then you started working with Mark, what was it like?
“It really was cool. The thing with Salaam is, we had our songs and then I’d go to New York. And when I came back to Salaam with the stuff that me and Mark had done…I mean, the way me and Mark worked was like…musically we just fell in love on the spot. Completely. It was love at first sight!” She gushes, “It was really cool, I’d play him something and he’d be really inspired. I’d play him one song and he’d be like (animated), ‘OK, go to the hotel, come back tomorrow! I’m going to do my homework tonight.’ And he would. And then he’d play something the next day that was just beyond anything. I was just like, this man’s absolutely amazing. Then, when I went back to Salaam having met up with Mark, Salaam was like, ‘What, pssh! I’m better than him!’ It was like, he was really like, ‘Ah, I know, we can pull it out!’ and that really gave him a lot. ‘Cause me and Salaam were at a point where we had worked together before, we had our little formula, we weren’t thinking about doing much new stuff. Then, when he heard the Mark stuff, he was like, ‘Yeah, I see where he’s going, yeah!’ A nice bit of healthy competition!” [Laughs].