Steven Ventura started his stint in music in his teen aged years as a Disc
Jockey in Florida. He used to make mixed tapes, remixes and extend popular
songs to promote his DJ business. He recalls playing in clubs even before he
was legally allowed to enter as a patron. Djing provided him with the
opportunity to showcase and promote the music of his childhood home,
Jamaica. This led him to explore the world of audio engineering. His family
supported this hobby but when it was time to start college he followed in
his family’s footsteps and commenced his studies in medicine.
One summer break between school terms, Steven was afforded the opportunity, to go on the Mighty Diamond’s world tour. “I was memorized by the talents availed during the tour.” His love for music had overshadowed his passion for the sciences. When a chance presented itself for him to undergo studies in contemporary jazz in New York, he without hesitation jumped at it. He later got accepted to Full Sail University, which at the time was a school
dedicated to training audio engineers, where he obtained a degree in
Equipped with a formal education in digital audio and the new emerging music technology, he was determined to move back to Jamaica, ignoring several job offers to work with major industry players in the United States. “I was excited to disseminate the new recording techniques Learnt, throughout my homeland”. In the early 1990’s Steven repatriated to Jamaica and opened the recording complex Celestial Sounds, the first fully digital recording studio in Jamaica. Celestial Sounds quickly became one of Jamaica’s most popular and successful studios.
At Celestial Sound, Ventura worked with countless industry greats, conducted courses in Audio Engineering and is proud to have trained some of the industries most talented audio engineers, producers and artistes.
After achieving numerous local and international hits, Steven became increasingly frustrated with the ‘pay to play’ culture in Jamaica, a practice he believes helped to stifle the Industry. ‘The playing field was not conducive to the development of the endless abundance of talent around. “Yes I got my break but many, more talented than I, had their dreams die, because they could not afford what was necessary to get heard.” He decided to take what was to be a brief hiatus from the Industry to concentrate on starting a family and enjoying the fruits of his Labor.
He moved to Montego Bay where he opened a fully electronic and environmentally conscious laboratory school, at which he led the Recording Arts and Multimedia Department and taught several science classes. After an over a decade break from the Industry, Steven is back, his focus this time around is developing and promoting new talent. ‘I just want to help the youth find their voice and translate their swag and experiences into music.
I am pleased with how the music has evolved, access to the masses is now
undiluted and unbiased. It is a good time for new talent and new sounds.”
Steven has been working and experimenting with new sounds and recording
He has also been working with helping develop new writing styles. One such result of his time back in the studio is the debut album of the IDeology project. In this collaboration, he and the artiste formally known as ID, work on social commentary, forgotten values and moral catch phrases, entwined with live recordings, beat loops and some highly talented musicians.
“I am back at it again and boy does that sound good.”
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