Anne-Marie: The Wrap Up Interview
Anne-Marie is no stranger to MTV… After winning our ‘Brand New for 2016’, Anne-Marie has experienced a whirlwind of success. From
Anne-Marie is no stranger to MTV… After winning our ‘Brand New for 2016’, Anne-Marie has experienced a whirlwind of success. From huge collaborations to the successful launch of her own solo career, it’s pretty certain 2016 has been an exciting one for the London based songstress.
Having the looks of a well bless lioness, the personality of your best friend, and not to mention the vocal ability of well, Anne-Marie. So when we caught drift of her latest performance at KOKO, to celebrate the London launch of Volkswagen’s Garage Sound, we were there – no sweat.
With a new single soaring up the charts and a headline tour under her belt, Fenn O’Melly got the low down on this rising superstar’s recent work and everything she’s been up to.
Hey Anne-Marie, so we’re here to celebrate Volkswagen’s Garage Sound coming to London at KOKO. Can you tell us what’s going down?
Hi! I’m here at KOKO doing a 45-minute set, supporting Jess Glynne, which is going to be wicked.
This isn’t new for you is it? You’ve performed at KOKO earlier this summer right?
Yeah exactly! I’ve had a little bit of practice haha! I’m starting to feel like KOKO is my home.
With the huge success of your new single, we are all eagerly anticipating your upcoming debut album. If you could describe how it sounds in three words what would they be and why?
Emotional, Savvy, Hard.
I like Savvy! It’s almost like sassy but a bit more mature.
Yes haha that’s what I was going for.
How do you feel about this new album?
I feel great actually. It’s an exciting time; I’ve spent a lot of time on this one. I never want my work to be random, or to have an album just full of hit songs. For me, I want to be an artist that talks about important stuff and is able to project a message. I have a lot to say and this album is really going to be the bearer of those messages.
So lets talk about your latest single ‘Alarm’. As you mentioned it’s all about an unfaithful boyfriend, have you heard any reaction from him after the release?
No. He’s too proud. Haha, I can’t even talk about him.
The video for the track was filmed in Mexico. How does it feel to be travelling around the world with your music?
I love it. I’ve been to so many places for work now. It’s hard to remember where you’ve been which is kind of sad. When you’re doing gigs you don’t really get a chance to explore the difference locations, but when we did the ‘Alarm’ video it was different, we actually got a chance to look around and take it all in. It was such a good experience, and so beautiful, I need to go back there.
Seeing as we are here for Volkswagen’s Garage Sound launch, can you tell us how long you’ve been driving and how many times it took you to pass your test?
It was third time lucky for me. I think I’ve been driving for nearly seven years now.
If you could drive around any location in the world, where would it be?
Jamaica. When I went last time, we had a hire car and drove through all the mountains and it was the most incredible experience. I would do it everyday if I could.
Can you tell us your worst driving experience? Have there been any times you didn’t quite ‘Do It Right’?
Haha yeah, I’ve crashed loads! To be honest, it was in the first year. I haven’t crashed since – touch wood. I’m just a very confident driver and then I get a bit too confident. The first day I passed my test, I drove to Leeds and one Boxing Day, I smashed into the back of a bloke on a roundabout. I was fine and I’m much better behind the wheel now!
You’ve worked with a considerable amount of great artists. Is there anybody you have yet to work with but are dying to get in the studio with?
Have you written any songs just in case any opportunities come about?
You’re well on your way to becoming a household name and star in your own right, but is there anybody in particular you’ve been star struck over meeting?
Hmmm… Well Wretch 32 was a big one. Just being in the studio with him was really inspirational, and like I am, he is really about the lyrics and big messages.
Has there been any particular moment in your career so far that you would want to go back and relive?
Not really. I think each part of my career has been a massive learning curve. I wouldn’t go back, I just like looking back and seeing how much I’ve learnt.
So what is on the cards for the remainder of 2016 and what are you most excited about for 2017?
The rest of this year, I am in America for a tour and promo. Then in November I’m back in the UK for my tour here. In 2017, there will be another single, tour and my album!
Finally, if you had the opportunity to go back to any decade in musical history, which would it be and why?
Definitely the time of Eve, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake; the late 90’s and early 2000’s. That was my favorite music. All of those artists have stories and such deep messages, I feel like music might have lost that a bit.
But it’s fine now right? We have Anne-Marie on the case?
Interview and words: Fenn O’Meally