Wayne Marshall is, unquestionably, on a roll. Since the dawn of 2010, he has managed to devise a winning formula that has allowed him to enjoy a well-deserved career resurgence after a hiatus from the spotlight. He is once again a mainstay on the playlists of disc jocks with the release of tracks that have garnered widespread favour. Marshall has reconnected with longstanding fans and continues to win over new ones at an impressive rate.
Superfly, a collaboration with dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong, gave notice of what was to come. Expressing his determination to be relevant in the music industry and simultaneously dismissing doubters, Marshall sings, “You may not believe in my hopes and dreams/Life is all I need and I know I will achieve”. Fast-forward to his mega-hit My Heart, which is currently in heavy rotation on the airwaves as well as on the turntables of DJs in the clubs and at various sessions and events. A song this hot screamed for a remix, and the addition of dancehall heavyweight Mavado on the track instantly translated into more success for Marshall.
The hotly anticipated video for My Heart (Remix) premiered on July 9 amidst much excitement. This video is, by far, one of the best to be released by a local artiste. Hats off to New Caribbean Cinema’s Michelle Serieux, the producer, and Storm Saulter, the director/editor, as well as stylist, Anya Ayoung-Chee, for creating a stellar visual experience that meets international standards. It is evident that a storyboard was drafted and adhered to in this structured, creative and coherent production. From the location of the shoot to wardrobe and casting choices, one word – flawless.
The plot of My Heart (Remix) is very realistic and brilliantly executed. Director Storm left no room for boredom with multi-angled camera shots and multiplexed/split screens, which give the viewer the illusion of being in a hi-def closed-circuit monitoring station. The use of this technique was a great idea, considering that we are in the age of attention deficit disorder (ADD), as each shot reveals newly discovered interpretations of the scenes. This will serve to make the video ‘fresh’ for an extended period of time.
The My Heart (Remix) video has easily etched its place among the most impressive ‘homegrown’ music videos. Memorable and deserving of every accolade it gets, this visual masterpiece complements a song that speaks earnestly of a human experience. It will certainly continue to resonate with music lovers well into the future.