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MTVu Woodie Awards descend on Austin for SXSW

MTVu Woodie Awards descend on Austin for SXSW
Photo by Andrea Swensson

There's nary a music-related (or even tangentially music industry-related) corporation who hasn't jumped on board this week's SXSW festival, so it's no surprise that MTV lept at the opportunity to smash their MTVu Woodie Awards in between all the other myriad events happening in Austin this week.


The event itself was over in a flash. There were only a total of four awards doled out, plus performances by five artists: The Foo Fighters, who performed their new single, "Rope"; Wiz Khalifa, who commanded both levels of the club with his earworm single "Black and Yellow"; Two Door Cinema Club, who were about as bland as a manila envelope; Sleigh Bells, who blazed through "Riot Rhythm"; and Odd Future, who rather expectedly blew everyone's mindgrapes.



Prior to the live broadcast of the show, MTVu hosted a red carpet reception and press interview opp for some of the presenters, performers, and nominees in the awards show, and it gave us a chance to grill a handful of the participating musicians about their thoughts on SXSW and upcoming plans.


Here's a rundown of the highlights from our time on the red carpet:

Sleigh Bells: When we asked the duo whether they have new material in the works, Derek Miller chimed in: "Yeah, we do. But I don't really want to perform them until they are ready, because right now they are just demos. We're going to be in the studio in August, though, for a couple of months... We'll put it out probably in the first quarter of 2012. Definitely by March or April for sure. That's all I want to do right now is make a record." 

Meanwhile, singer Alexis Krauss reflected on the crap shoot that is SXSW. "There's so much luck involved," she said. "If the right person is there and happens to write about it and happens to like it -- it's like, you never know. It's a gamble."

Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim
Photo by Andrea Swensson
Yelawolf with Skylar Grey
Yelawolf with Skylar Grey
Photo by Andrea Swensson

Yelawolf: On why he is sick of people asking him about smoking weed, despite songs dedicated to the topic: "I don't smoke weed, god dammit," he says, pulling his Ray Bans down from his eyes and smirking as he takes on a mock-serious tone. "I grew up smoking herb, but I had to stop. Ask my why I had to stop." (We ask why he stopped.) "LSD. Bad drug. So there, that's why I don't smoke weed. I did enough drugs. I was Jim Morrison by the time I was 18."

Lil B: Speaking about his experience at SXSW so far, the young rapper (who pretended to steal Kanye West's Left Field Woodie Award after West didn't show to claim his award at the ceremony) says the key to a good music festival is to stay positive. "It's going really nice, very relaxed, and just keeping that love in my heart, spreading that positive energy, you know what I mean? Not doing too much. Showing love, spreading Lil B, Lil B, Lil B."



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