When you make it to the big dance, you dance with the girl that brought ya. That’s the philosophy adopted by Blink-182 and Papa Roach as those bands plan to continue their creative partnerships with director Marcos Siega.
A hard-rock fan and musician himself, Siega has handled clips for Anthrax, 311, Sevendust, Eve 6, CIV, Quicksand, and others, and has become the go-to guy for P.O.D. (“Southtown,” “Rock The Party”), Blink-182 (“What’s My Age Again?,” “All The Small Things”), and Papa Roach (“Last Resort”).
Now Siega is drumming up more repeat business as Blink-182 has tapped the director to helm its next video, “Man Overboard.” The song is a new studio track tucked away on Blink’s upcoming live album, “The Mark, Tom And Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back).” The album doesn’t arrive until November, but the song debuts online on Friday at MTV.com as well as on KROQ.com and the band’s official Web site (see
“Blink-182 To Debut New Track Online” ).
Siega had also planned to shoot a feature film with Blink, but the director said that plans for that project have stalled.
“It’s in development right now,” Siega explained. “The script is done. It’s really funny. I think it would be great for them. We were supposed to start shooting in a couple of weeks, but it’s not happening because the band… I think they got cold feet.
“They have an incredibly busy schedule,” he added, “and we were trying to fit six weeks of shooting into their five weeks off. I think that added to the anxiety of getting it done, and they felt a little rushed…. I think it would have been a great, great, funny film. It may still happen in the future. We’re not sure.”
With the movie on hold, Siega is instead charging full speed ahead on Blink’s video for “Man Overboard.” The director heads into the Blink project after reteaming with Papa Roach
on that band’s new video for “Broken Home,” which Siega describes as “the best thing I’ve ever done.”
“Hopefully it will take my career to another level,” Siega told MTV News on Thursday. “It’s a really simple concept. It’s true to the lyrics. There’s no special effects, there’s nothing too big about it. I think it was a combination of a band that are incredible performers and a lyric that lent itself to a really powerful concept.
“It’s about a broken home and being torn between your parents,” he explained. “I grew up in a broken home, my parents got divorced, and we touched on that in this video. And Coby [Dick], the singer, and I had a lot in common. I didn’t talk to my dad for years, and he didn’t talk to his dad for years.
“Doing this job took on a very personal tone for me. I passed
on a lot of work just to do this job. I wouldn’t take jobs before it or right after it because I wanted to focus on it, and I think just maybe because it was so personal, I’m so proud of it. It actually turned out really well, and anyone who sees it feels exactly what I want them to feel. [RealAudio]
“As far as concept and execution, I’m most proud of that,” Siega said.
It’s high praise from a man who has crafted Buzzworthy videos for P.O.D. and CIV, and whose clips for Blink-182 and Papa Roach have made him one of the most nominated directors at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Siega’s clip for Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” is nominated for Best New Artist In A Video, while his video for Blink’s “All The Small Things” is up for Best Group Video, Best Pop Video, and Video Of The Year.
You can see how Siega does when the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards are handed out on Thursday, September 7, and you can catch much more from this acclaimed director in an MTV
News Online feature interview launching that day.