Gotye Getting Back To Fundamentals For Musical March Madness

Can the up-and-coming singer shock the world and win MMM? We'll find out when the tournament tips off Monday.

Gotye has already made huge strides in the U.S. thanks to the crossover success of his hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” but now he’s looking to truly cement his status as a Stateside sensation … by winning MTV’s Musical March Madness tournament.

The third-annual MMM tips off Monday, and if the Belgian-born, Australian-bred singer/songwriter is really going to best 63 other acts — including defending champs Green Day, heavyweights like the Black Keys and Ke$ha , and up-and-comers Fun. — to hoist the big gold trophy, well, he’s definitely got his work cut out for him. So it’s a good thing that he’s been working hard on the fundamentals … like the art of the well-placed screen.

“To win, it’s going to be all about screening. Screening is the key, people,” he explained. “A lot of people in bands don’t realize what it’s all about, but you’ve got to screen people, to keep your vocalists at center. It’s all about focus and screening, back and forth, not a lot of people know that.”

Ah, the screen: Catalyst behind the pick-and-roll … the old “picket fence” play … basketball building blocks, people. It’s the same time-honored skill Roger Waters used to take home the 1973 Musical March Madness tourney (note: not actually true), and one that Gotye hopes to employ to maximum success in this year’s big dance.

“Roger Waters and his ’walls,’ he set a lot of hard screens with lots of blocks,” he laughed. “If you’ve got a 10-piece band, keep your main player away from the play, and then at the right moment, just screen the whole audience away, so just one person gets that special look. That’s what it’s all about.”

Actually, winning is what it’s all about. Can Gotye shock the world and reign supreme in MMM 2012? We’ll just have to see when the tournament gets under way on Monday!

MTV’s 2012 Musical March Madness Tournament begins on Monday, March 12, when we’ll unveil the full field of 64 bands that will battle for this year’s championship. Winners are determined by fan votes, so if your favorite act made the cut, it’ll be up to you to guide them to glory. You can rally the troops on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM … but get ready, it’s gonna be a war.