There aren’t many pop star interviews the place you may open with the query: “Do you continue to practise Shotokan?”
However Anne-Marie, except for being extraordinarily sizzling musical property proper now, is a triple world champion within the fashion of Japanese karate.
“I nonetheless adore it a lot and it is such an enormous 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 in the meanwhile, so not a lot time to practise, however one other factor is my trainer is in Essex, so it is about at any time when I can get again house as properly.”
It is simple to know why the 26-year-old does not have a lot spare time in the meanwhile. She’s been a bit 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 recurrently sings its praises.
“Even simply as part of rising up I believe 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 believe it was the very first thing I actually devoted myself to.
“And it taught me lots about sticking with one thing and actually attempting onerous and dealing for it, which is a good lesson for what I am doing now, as a result of it’s so a lot onerous work, and it is truly taught me the way to love doing that.”
Anne-Marie will share a stage with Martin Garrix, Tove Lo and Naughty Boy on Sunday afternoon as one of many assist acts for Justin Bieber’s Hyde Park present.
“I believe [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 could not have reached Bieber-esque ranges of fame but – however she’s definitely 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 track nonetheless unattainable 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 in a position to 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 considering of the circulation of the singles and all of them connecting with one another, and when the time is true then we’ll launch the beast.”
Requested if there are any additional artists she desires to collaborate with, she shortly replies: “Eminem. He is an enormous one.
“Additionally Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, I clearly love rappers. And Alanis Morissette I believe she’s considered one of my largest inspirations. And Pink. I believe it might be actually cool to collaborate with one other feminine singer.”
She additionally hasn’t dominated out making an attempt a return to the festive charts, however provides jokingly: “I believe the subsequent track I try to get to Christmas primary will simply be me by myself!”
Away from the microphone, Anne-Marie has been steadily constructing a social media following, and utilizing her platform to advertise optimistic messages about physique picture to her a whole bunch of hundreds of followers.
“I at all times try to put out posts on social media about feeling good inside, and there is a lot stress 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 must really feel good inside and really feel completely happy inside your soul, as an alternative of needing to look a sure approach, so I at all times 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 believe what’s stunned me concerning the music trade is that you just 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 part, 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 at all times stunned, and I’ve come to grasp that that is truly an incredible factor.”