The Academy Is...'s lead vocalist William Beckett told BLUNT magazine:
Adam and I went to the same high school, and there was this dude there named Josh Santiago. I was doing a solo project at the time, and I was listening to different music than most people. So this one guy in particular, Josh, gave me a hell of a time, like busted my chops and called me negative names like "fag" and stuff. He was just that kinda guy. So we started saying Santi as everything that wasn't him - everything that was positive, just because he was such a negative dude and such a terrible person. So we started saying Santi as something funny and kinda cool, kinda like a "cheers" or we say it as a greeting.