There aren’t many pop star interviews the place you may open with the query: “Do you continue to practise Shotokan?”
However Anne-Marie, apart from being extraordinarily sizzling musical property proper now, is a triple world champion within the fashion of Japanese karate.
“I nonetheless find it irresistible a lot and it is such a large a part of who I’m,” the singer tells the BBC forward of her look at BST Hyde Park on Sunday.
However, she provides: “I haven’t got time to even sleep for the time being, so not a lot time to practise, however one other factor is my trainer is in Essex, so it is about each time I can get again house as effectively.”
It is easy to grasp why the 26-year-old would not have a lot spare time for the time being. She’s been just a little busy touring, recording and topping the Christmas chart with Clear Bandit.
The singer’s love of Shotokan and her music profession have even crossed paths alongside the best way – she confirmed off her strikes within the 2015 video for her single Karate, and nonetheless frequently sings its praises.
“Even simply as part of rising up I feel it actually helped me in my character and the best way I used to be and handled conditions, it is such an enormous a part of self-discipline, I feel it was the very first thing I really devoted myself to.
“And it taught me lots about sticking with one thing and actually making an attempt laborious and dealing for it, which is a good lesson for what I am doing now, as a result of it’s so a lot laborious work, and it is truly taught me how you can love doing that.”
Anne-Marie will share a stage with Martin Garrix, Tove Lo and Naughty Boy on Sunday afternoon as one of many help acts for Justin Bieber’s Hyde Park present.
“I feel [Bieber’s] actually cool, to be an artist from that younger an age you have to have one thing particular, and his new music is nice,” she says.
Anne-Marie might not have reached Bieber-esque ranges of fame but – however she’s actually heading that approach.
Since topping the charts for 9 weeks in December because the vocalist on Clear Bandit’s Rockabye, she has continued construct up her personal repertoire as a solo artist.
In February, her single Ciao Adios – a tune nonetheless unimaginable to flee or get out of your head months later – reached quantity 9. It was her first single as a soloist to interrupt into the highest 10.
So, when can followers anticipate the album?
“I am such an impatient individual, I’ve wished to get the album out since final yr,” Anne-Marie says.
“However fortunately I did not as a result of I have been capable of write so many extra songs with nice producers that I hadn’t met earlier than.”
“I selected my subsequent single this week which is thrilling, and proper now I am simply pondering of the circulation of the singles and all of them connecting with one another, and when the time is correct then we’ll launch the beast.”
Requested if there are any additional artists she needs to collaborate with, she rapidly replies: “Eminem. He is an enormous one.
“Additionally Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, I clearly love rappers. And Alanis Morissette I feel she’s one in all my greatest inspirations. And Pink. I feel it would be actually cool to collaborate with one other feminine singer.”
She additionally hasn’t dominated out trying a return to the festive charts, however provides jokingly: “I feel the subsequent tune I try to get to Christmas primary will simply be me alone!”
Away from the microphone, Anne-Marie has been steadily constructing a social media following, and utilizing her platform to advertise constructive messages about physique picture to her tons of of 1000’s of followers.
“I all the time try to put out posts on social media about feeling good inside, and there is a lot strain for individuals to look a sure approach and have a sure coiffure or a sure lipstick.
“I simply really feel not many individuals hear that you need to really feel good inside and really feel glad inside your soul, as a substitute of needing to look a sure approach, so I all the time try to speak to individuals about that.”
There’s little doubt the singer has an thrilling time forward as she gears up for the discharge of the album – an prospect she’s absolutely embracing.
“I feel what’s shocked me in regards to the music trade is that you simply by no means know what is going on to occur. I’ve needed to train myself that, as a result of I like to know every thing, I am fairly a management freak with regards to stuff like that,” she says.
“However you by no means know what is going on to occur so I am all the time shocked, and I’ve come to grasp that that is truly an amazing factor.”