Tackling mental health head first, Ventus utilises music to ease the pain that plagues the mind with this condition, adding a ray of sunshine in what can be a very dark tunnel in life, and injecting a positive pulse to help us focus on the light that lies deep within, with a hope to ease ones psychological and emotional well-being through the medium of music, and to give something back to the community, with proceeds from this ep going to Keep Real, a non- profit organisation set up to help those suffering.
Sheffield born and raised and now based in Huddersfield, here in the UK, Caleb Scott started playing guitar when he was 12, later discovering electronic music, and soon started experimenting with samples.
It wasn’t until turning 18, that he got the bug for music production, and later finding the solid impact of fast drum break beats, coupled with fat heavy bass lines and multifaceted variations, that his vision to this project started to unfold, forming Ventus in 2014. Since that time, Caleb has played alongside Future Formation, Sam and Luke from Starved – (Previously Starve to Survive), Jamo from Bridge Recordings, Rooted, and Ayman from House of Tech and has had the track Crosspatch played at Noisia’s farewell tour at The Tuesday Club in Sheffield, which took him completely by surprise.

In a recent interview, I asked Caleb what were his personal influences in music, he told me;

“Personally, Camo & Krooked for their sound design, Clairmont the Second for his aesthetic and workflow, IDK for his deeper meaning and production value, MF Doom for his unique wordplay and flow, and Hanz Zimmer for his magical scores and atmospheres”.

With that said, I went on to ask who inspires him as an artist, he replied;

“As an artist, Camo & Krooked, Noisia, Current Value and DJ Limited all add substance to my music through their unique sound design and technical abilities. I take a huge amount of knowledge from critically listening to their songs and analysing their workflow through interviews and articles. I hope the best from each of these artists is evident in my music”.

I followed this up by asking what the meaning was behind the name Ventus, he explained;

“The name originally derived from the Latin name for wind, although my style has changed from what I wanted to sound like at the time. The name still fits well in my humble opinion”.

So I went on to ask what drives him as a solo artist and what is his biggest passion in music, he replied;

“The hurdles I’ve managed to get past on my journey so far, only make me more enthusiastic and driven to improve. Every time I overcome something I once thought was impossible and takes me out of my comfort zone, shows me that anything is possible when you give everything. My biggest passion in music comes from my infatuation with sounds I’ve never heard, or even better, if I thought it was impossible to make a sound like that. A song that comes to mind is the Collider Remix by The Upbeats. The disjointed bass before the build-up absolutely blew my mind when I heard it the first time”.

Clearly focused on the job in hand, I asked Caleb what was his main goal and long term view and what he has learnt about himself so far in the music industry, he told me;

“My main goal is for people to enjoy my music as much as I enjoy creating it.
In the long term, to be financially stable from selling my music is definitely my aim. Playing at Rampage, Tuesday Club and The Bassment in Huddersfield would be the cherry on top personally alongside those who have inspired me.
I’ve been through so much in these last few years, it’s hard to sum up how much I’ve grown as I’m still on that journey as we speak. Probably the most important moment for me was back in 2017, when I felt the sickest I’ve ever been. It made me realise what my motivations are in life. Music gave me the motivation to stay alive. Also, I learnt to take better care of my body. I’ve learned that I actually have an impact and I can do things that improve the life of others and myself in the process. This is still a learning curve and I hope to show people how to appreciate everything in life”.

And that brings me nicely to the ep in question here, “The Pollyanna Principle”.

Attacking the nervous system with a pulse of energy, enough to split the atom, Ventus has most certainly got his game plan pegged here, with this master class of syncopated beats that slice the airwaves with brutal dominance, and fat dirty baselines, that resonate through your very soul. If you want a full body massage straight from the dance floor, find the nearest base bin, and brace yourself for the ride of a lifetime. The fast break beats with heavy bass and sub-bass lines, sampled sources, and synthesizers punching the air at breakneck speed in a compendium of clarity, leaves break beat hardcore a far distant memory, yet is nice to hear the early 1990’s Jungle recipe still present, with the added flava of richer flowing ambient textures and intricacies.
As a title, “The Pollyanna Principle” speaks of our ability to focus on the more positive flow in life to achieve our goals, very similar to the power of suggestion. Great use of vocal overdubs to set the mood as the hyperactivity of the music takes you to new energetic heights of your own inner creativity.

Star Rating – 8/10

Star Suggestion.
If ever there was a track to tempt the reader
into buying this ep, it would be “Crosspatch”

To close, I asked Caleb if there was anything else he wanted our readers to know, he finished by saying;

“Something very close to my heart is mental and physical health. I’m not a crazy about it. But, after a close call with a serious allergic reaction in my liver and poor mental health, I realised how important self-care is and how I shouldn’t neglect myself to appease other people. This is something I live by and its amazing how much better I feel. You can too”.

So why not clear a space in your collection and give Ventus a try this summer.


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