There aren’t many pop star interviews the place you possibly can 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 model of Japanese karate.
“I nonetheless adore it 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 in the intervening time, so not a lot time to practise, however one other factor is my trainer is in Essex, so it is about every time I can get again dwelling as properly.”
It is simple to know why the 26-year-old does not have a lot spare time in the intervening time. She’s been slightly 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 often 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 a giant a part of self-discipline, I feel it was the very first thing I actually devoted myself to.
“And it taught me so much about sticking with one thing and actually attempting arduous and dealing for it, which is a superb lesson for what I am doing now, as a result of it’s so a lot arduous work, and it is really taught me tips on how 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 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 could not have reached Bieber-esque ranges of fame but – however she’s actually heading that means.
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 music nonetheless inconceivable 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 count on the album?
“I am such an impatient individual, I’ve wished to get the album out since final 12 months,” 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 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 shortly replies: “Eminem. He is a giant 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 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 feel the subsequent music 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 lot of hundreds of followers.
“I all the time try to put out posts on social media about feeling good inside, and there is a lot stress for folks to look a sure means 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 completely happy inside your soul, as a substitute of needing to look a sure means, so I all the time try to discuss to folks 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 totally 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 educate myself that, as a result of I like to know every little thing, I am fairly a management freak in the case of 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 understand that that is really an incredible factor.”