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, other than 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 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 house as effectively.”
It is easy to grasp why the 26-year-old does not have a lot spare time in the intervening time. She’s been a little 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 way in which – she confirmed off her strikes within the 2015 video for her single Karate, and nonetheless commonly sings its praises.
“Even simply as part of rising up I believe it actually helped me in my character and the way in which I used to be and handled conditions, it is such a giant a part of self-discipline, I believe it was the very first thing I really devoted myself to.
“And it taught me so much 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 how one 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 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 tune 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 needed 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 pondering of the movement 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 desires to collaborate with, she rapidly replies: “Eminem. He is a giant one.
“Additionally Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, I clearly love rappers. And Alanis Morissette I believe she’s one in every 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 trying a return to the festive charts, however provides jokingly: “I believe the subsequent tune I attempt 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 tons of of 1000’s of followers.
“I all the time attempt 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 need to really feel good inside and really feel completely happy inside your soul, as a substitute of needing to look a sure approach, so I all the time attempt 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 totally embracing.
“I believe what’s shocked me concerning the music trade 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 the whole lot, I am fairly a management freak in relation 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 ideal factor.”