Dax Callner has always wanted to rock. Because his father is acclaimed television director Marty Callner, he got his chance during the big hair 80s when Marty directed Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” He cast Dax as the kid who declares “I Wanna Rock” to Mark Metcalf’s Nedermyer-esque father figure, and the resulting song and video helped Twisted Sister reign supreme during that year’s pop metal chart dominance.
Flash forward to 2015, where Dax’s band The Dayz decided to shoot a music video for their song “110 Easy.” The video draws inspiration from street shuffle-setting of the Rolling Stones’ video for their 1981 hit “Waiting on a Friend.” We spoke with Dax about the video, the idea & still getting recognized from his Twisted Sister video experience.
Who was the director? How did you decide on him?
His name is Igor Katrach. We found him through a friend of the band – he’s just this cool, Russian dude who loves music videos and exploring the art form. His site is: http://katrach.com
What video was the inspiration for the setting?
We are paying homage to the classic Rolling Stones video for “Waiting on a Friend.” That video has such an iconic New York City vibe…we were inspired to pay it a little respect as an NYC band.
What have you learned about music videos from your dad’s work?
I learned that you don’t need a huge budget (though he had plenty of those!) if you have a cool idea and a good tune. Sometimes just keeping it simple really works. Also, I used to spend hours upon hours in the editing studio as he assembled videos. I think it gave me a good sense of how one shot should flow to the next. So, while Igor did edit this video of ours, I think my comments on the first cut were pretty well informed.
How often do you see Dee Snider these days? I understand that you are still close.
I saw Dee just before Christmas in Chicago, where he was putting on this crazy musical. I wouldn’t say I see him often – not more than once a year or so, but we’re still tight!
When’s the last time someone came up to you and said, “I wanna rock!” or “What do you wanna do with your life?”
People still reference that video, but it usually starts with “I heard this rumor about you…is it true?” I’m happy to talk about it with people but I’m glad people don’t yell that stuff at me on the street like they did when I was a kid. (Read more about his experience in this earlier GOLDEN AGE OF MUSIC VIDEO feature.)
Check out the new video for the Dayz’ “110 Easy,” both alone and side by side with the Stones’ clip. And just for good measure, check out Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” one more time.