Anne-Marie Opens Up about Working with Marshmello & How Dance Inspired Her
: 07 Mar 2018 : Halee A.
Anne-Marie’s latest release, a Marshmello collaboration titled “Friends,” is a song about putting a guy in the friend zone. The song comes after two of her hottest releases, “Alarm” and “Ciao Adios,” which are both about calling out a cheating boyfriend and getting over him. The British singer and songwriter explained to Billboard how she writes her songs:
“I write [songs] as if I’m writing a book or a chapter of a book explaining what happened.”
As “Friends” continues to climb the charts (it’s currently sitting at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100), Anne-Marie chatted with Billboard about how her latest collaboration with Marshmello came to be and how dance music shaped her sound. Here are a couple of the questions she answered:
Marshmello remixed your 2016 hit “Alarm.” How did you end up collaborating now?
"It wasn’t until he was in London last year and I was like, “I’m going to go to the studio and say, ‘Thanks for doing that remix.’" It wasn’t even meant to be a session. While he was there, he brought his laptop out and started playing some riffs he had done recently. That little guitar riff you hear in the song -- he started playing that, and I was like, “OK, I need to write a song right now.” We literally wrote it that night, and he worked on it for the next three days in LA, and it was done.
We wrote it to the guitar riff, and it was kind of a Spanish vibe. And then he came back and it was kind of like hip-hoppy -- I couldn’t believe what he had done to it."
You're releasing your debut album in April. How has working with dance artists shaped your sound?
"I actually have been really influenced by dance music. When I first started writing, I wrote really sad, emotional songs which were all slow. And it wasn’t until I toured with Rudimental or did a song with Clean Bandit or more uptempo songs that I realized that I need something in my sets for my live shows otherwise I’m going to be singing the slowest sets in the whole world that everyone’s going to be crying. [Laughs]
“Rockabye,” on the first few listens, you think it’s quite a happy song. And then you’d listen more and realize that it’s about a single parent loving their child, and that made me really invested in making songs like that -- really quite sad and emotional subjects with an upbeat song."
Read the full interview here