With her sophomore album Master of My Make-Believe now well and truly out, Santigold is coming straight outta Brooklyn to perform her first headline show in Perth.
Anyone who took in her festival sets at Parklife last year and Southbound in 2009 will attest that the live show of the woman born Santi White is an audiovisual spectacular. She recalls that her live show truly took shape when she first recruited two dancers for her tour with M.I.A. shortly before the release of her debut album, Santogold.
"We were nervous about bringing out dancers because it was a total new idea, and I'd come up this concept and dressed them up and the choreography was quirky and weird," White recalls. "Because it was so well choreographed, the time just flew by and we were like, 'We think it works'."
She says mixing and mismatching dance styles on stage complements her genre-jumping music.
"I think of my music as collage music and taking all these different bits and pieces and influences from all over the place is the same thing," White says. "Sometimes we'll have this real crunk club dance to a beat that you would never have thought that that would go with, and it tells people that it's all right to dance to this music. This is how you do it. It really helps heighten the energy of the show, and visually it's really great to look at along with all the props that I've incorporated into the show."
White has also returned to the studio since Master of My Make-Believe. She recently reteamed with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' guitarist Nick Zinner to appear on blind Malian duo Amadou and Miriam's album, Folila, collaborating on opening track, Dougou Badia. "I love their music and I love Miriam's voice, their melodies and the rhythms that they use," White says.
"I just love a lot of African music anyway. Nick Zinner was also a big fan of them and at the same time we both got reached out to by them, and I think they knew that we were friends so they asked us to go on the same song."
The two then proceeded to act like "nervous little teenagers" when they met up with the couple. "We met up with them in this tiny hotel room, and Amadou is playing guitar and Miriam is singing on the bed, and Nick and I are just shy in the corner not talking," White recalls. "It was a fun experience, and I really love how the song came out too. They're very nice people and very in command of their craft."
Santigold performs at Metro City on November 14, supported by Crazy P. Tickets from Oztix.