Hastings teenagers’ video set to go viral on YouTube

Devon King, Jerri-Leigh Brodie and Sullivan Evans
Devon King, Jerri-Leigh Brodie and Sullivan Evans

THREE teenagers are on track to becoming internet sensations after coming second in a competition.

Devon King, Jerri-Leigh Brodie and Sullivan Evans, all aged 16, made their own music video about Hastings and sent it off to train operator Southern, as part of the firm’s Makin Tracks contest.

They won £500 and the video is set to go viral on YouTube.

The trio were delighted when they found out they came runners-up.

Devon, of Pevensey Road, St Leonards, said: “We all share a very strong passion for music and heard about Makin Tracks through an acquaintance. We looked up information about the competition, thought it sounded fun, and got started on our song straight away.

“We were so excited when we got through to the finalist stage and are so happy to have come in second place. The whole experience has been amazing. Shooting the video was incredibly fun and recording the track was such a great opportunity to learn.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd has since written to all three teenagers praising them for their success.

The three teenagers, who study at Bexhill College, also attend the Respond Academy in St Leonards, an organisation that gives young people an opportunity to explore and develop their creativeness.

Jc McFee, its project manager, said: “Makin Tracks shook our members completely. It wasn’t even the money in the first instance, it was the fact that as young artists they were taken seriously and that Southern actually treated them as serious artists. To work in a proper studio and a proper video in their home town was amazing.”

Young film-makers across the whole of Southern’s network were asked to put together a short music video which was fresh, funky and fun and submit it to Southern for judging.

Two winning videos were chosen, one outright winner and one runner-up.

Shortly after the judges made their decision, Devon, Jerri-Leigh and Sullivan found themselves in a professional recording studio laying down the track before setting off to shoot the final video with a music video crew.

Ali Rezakhani, Juice FM DJ and Southern’s stakeholder advisory board member, was one of the competition judges.

He said: “The quality of the entries overall was outstanding.”