Over here at MTV, we're all atwitter with excitement for the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards, happening during Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival on Wednesday, March 16, at midnight (ET/PT)! This year's lineup is hotter than ever, with "Community" star and Woodies host Donald Glover and scheduled performances by Wiz Khalifa, Sleigh Bells and Two Door Cinema Club. We sat down for a little Q&A with three of the hottest 2011 Woodies nominees: Lil B, Chiddy Bang, and Woodies veterans Matt & Kim. This time around, Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim went on the record about getting naked on stage, getting violent in his latest music video, and doing keg stands fit for the whole family.
Q: What were some of your favorite moments and performances from last year's Woodies?
Matt: There were a lot of artists that we knew and liked and respected. I was really excited for Cam'ron and Rick Ross. But I have to say one of the great moments that I saw was my brother... There were kegs backstage, and my brother decided that it was a great idea to do a keg stand. And it just happened to be caught on camera. My parents DVRed the show because I was in Europe when it originally aired, so when I came back for the holidays they played it back for me, pausing right when you see my brother's feet sticking up in the air. They were like, "That is your brother doing a keg stand on television." And I thought, "Oh, man, he is so busted right now!" But it's amazing for an awards show to tape something like that and put it on the air.
Q: You are huge fans of hip-hop and incorporate it into your sets and shows. Would you be open to collaborating with hip-hop artists in the future?
Matt: Definitely! Mike D [of the Beastie Boys] did a remix of "Cameras" for us, and we had De La Soul do original verses on a remix for "Daylight." I’d love to do something original or do a performance with someone I love. I think the Woodies is the perfect place to do that.
Q: If you’re going to collaborate with anyone, it should be Lil' Kim so you could perform as "Lil' Matt & Kim."
Matt: (Laughing) "Matt & Lil' Kim!" That would make my Kim super happy. In the end, all she wants to do is dance anyway. So I think we’ll just put Matt and Lil' Kim together, and [Kim] will be booty shaking on the side.
Q: In interviews, you seem to always be asked about your perpetual smiles. But then in your video for "Cameras," you beat the crap out of each other! Are you going for a new roughneck image?
Matt: We definitely end up getting pinned to the cute category because we enjoy what we do, and Kim’s got to smile, and we’re going to be ourselves. We’re not going to put on that bored face you see so many people wear. It's just so boring. But all the same, we don’t want to make a music video that features swing sets and lollipops. That’s going to make people vomit, including me. We decided if we’re going to be ourselves and we’re going to play upbeat music, it's best to counteract it with lots of fake blood and violence.
Q: If Wiz Khalifa invited you to party backstage in his dressing room at the Woodies, what do you expect would happen?
Matt: Judging by the amount of smoke that wafts around in his music videos, I think it goes without saying -- not that Kim and I would partake in that! But we are huge fans, and I cannot wait to see him perform this year. I feel like his backstage party would be pretty chill, there would be some lounges and couches. And let me tell you, if there is one thing that I like doing better sitting down, it's dancing sitting down.
Q: What advice would you give to this year's first-time Woodies performers?
Matt: Go with everything you got. If you saw our performance last year, we had eight people stripping their clothes off as backup singers! At the Woodies you get a chance to do whatever you want creatively because it's not the same people deciding what you can and can't do, like at the Grammys.
Q: What projects are you working on now?
Matt: We have another music video in the planning stages that we will be shooting in a month. And it will be followed up with some jail time possibly. We're definitely going for "go big or go home."