Local rapper stars in video seriesWritten by Evan Brune | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Toledo-area musician is producing a six-part video series called the “Start Over” saga that will detail the life of a superhero.
Jhuryll Phoenix received a content hosting and license contract from Viacom MTV, which will also host his video, said Matt Heart, owner of 424 Records.
“Jhuryll Phoenix is a superhero, but he doesn’t know it yet,” Heart said. “We initially started the ‘Start Over’ saga as a comic book, but thought it would be better as a graphic novel and show.”
Heart said the idea for a superhero musician came from a desire to create a good role model.
“We wanted a music superhero to save people from the sexual innuendo of the music industry today,” he said. “We want to provide a positive message to today’s youth so they have someone to look up to.”
The series will detail the story of Phoenix and his girlfriend, portrayed by Kayla King, as he discovers his superpowers, which include flying and turning back time. The first video, although simple, sets the stage for the next five episodes, some of which will be 15-20 minutes long, Heart said.
As the saga takes shape, Heart said he plans to involve green screens and special effects in order to make Phoenix fly.
“It’ll be really cool. You’re going to flip,” he said.
Phoenix graduated from Maumee High School and currently attends Owens Community College, where he studies business management.
He began making music in 2011, under Heart’s guidance.
“[Phoenix] came to me and said, ‘Can you please help me?’ And I said, ‘If you’re serious, yeah,’” Heart said.
Phoenix said he wants to produce music that’s different from the mainstream.
“We’re just trying to tell a different story. Music today is all about clubs and sex and drugs. We just wanted to do something different,” Phoenix said.
In each episode of the saga, Phoenix teaches different lessons that help people navigate the issues of today’s world.
“One of the messages in the first video is ‘Don’t text and drive.’ That’s a real problem today,” Phoenix said. “In ‘Airplane’ (the third video in the series), the message is ‘Don’t be silent.’ If someone is being abused or molested, they need to speak up.”
Phoenix said he hopes to continue on this path, making music and enjoying what he does.
“I’d like to just keep spreading music and love. I’m not looking for overnight stardom,” he said. “My dad always said, ‘Do what makes you smile.’”
Heart said the next few chapters will be filmed at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. He and Phoenix grew up in the Maumee area and want to capture the community in the video shoots.
“We’re just trying to get people involved,” he said. “I think if we get a lot of people on board, it’ll be nice.”
Heart is looking for volunteers to help with production. Anyone interested can contact him at email@example.com
“We need all kinds of people,” he said.