"The show now involves some umbrellas; we try to use fun props onstage and make it look like a real show with, like, props and a lot of cool choreography," she laughed. "We have a lot of fun onstage, and we'll definitely put that into the show."
Santi may be the first artist confirmed for the Woodie Awards — set for March 15 in Austin, Texas, during the South By Southwest music festival — but she's far from the only name attached to what has quickly become a daylong event. For the first time, the show will expand to include an open-air music festival, which kicks off at 2 p.m./1 p.m. ET/CT and features an eclectic bill that includes Fun., A$AP Rocky and just-announced additions like Chiddy Bang, Kimbra and Ed Sheeran.
It's a move that reflects the anything-goes ethos of SXSW, which is just one of the reasons Santi agreed to take the stage at the Woodies ... that and the fact that she's got previous Woodie-related experience.
"I played the Woodies several years ago [in 2008], and it was a lot of fun. The show is a great platform for artists, all kinds of artists, and I like that it is happening during SXSW," she said. "I love it down there, love all the different bands you get to see. When they asked if I'd like to perform this year, I didn't even think about it. I just said 'yes,' it was a no-brainer."
During the show, Santi will be unveiling her brand-new single, "Disparate Youth," the first taste of what fans can expect on her upcoming Master of My Make-Believe album (due this spring). It's sure to be a highlight, though, for her Serbian fans, it'll also be nothing new.
"We've been doing 'Disparate Youth' for a while — I've been working on these songs live; I tried to work on these songs as much as I could outside of the country," she said. "I think the first time I performed 'Disparate Youth' was in Serbia. It was cool. It went over pretty well, I've got to admit."
The Woodies Festival will be held on Red River and East First Street in Austin and is open to both SXSW badge-holders and music fans alike. The entire fest will stream live on Woodies.mtvU.com and leads up to the awards themselves. On Sunday, March 18, the best moments from the Woodies will be broadcast during a 30-minute special airing on MTV and mtvU at 8 p.m. ET.
Voting is also under way in all Woodies categories, and remains open until March 9. Voting in the Breaking Woodie category will continue during the live show March 15. Fans can cast ballots in all categories through the Woodies website, on their mobile phones at M.MTV.com or by texting VOTE to 66333. Standard message and data rates may apply.
The Woodies invade SXSW on March 15 with the Woodies Festival. The best of the 2012 mtvU Woodies will air on MTV and mtvU on March 18 at 8 p.m. ET.