There aren’t many pop star interviews the place you’ll be able to open with the query: “Do you continue to practise Shotokan?”
However Anne-Marie, except for being extraordinarily scorching 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 meanwhile, so not a lot time to practise, however one other factor is my instructor is in Essex, so it is about at any time when I can get again residence as properly.”
It is easy to know why the 26-year-old does not have a lot spare time in the meanwhile. She’s been somewhat 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 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 loads about sticking with one thing and actually attempting exhausting and dealing for it, which is a superb lesson for what I am doing now, as a result of it’s so a lot exhausting work, and it is really taught me learn 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 help 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 might 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 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 anticipate the album?
“I am such an impatient particular person, I’ve needed 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 considering of the movement 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 needs 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 one in every of my greatest inspirations. And Pink. I believe 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 believe the following 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 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 folks 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 joyful inside your soul, as an alternative of needing to look a sure approach, 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 absolutely embracing.
“I believe what’s shocked me concerning the music business is that you just 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 all the pieces, 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 grasp that that is really an incredible factor.”