Vents (musician)

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Vents at HQ, 2011.jpg
Vents in 2011
Background information
Origin Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Genres Australian hip hop
Years active 2003–present
Labels Obese Records (2007)
Golden Era Records (2011-present)
Associated acts Trials (producer), Adfu (DJ), Funkoars and Hilltop Hoods (as guest vocalist)
Website Golden Era page

Vents (born Joseph Lardner, also known as Vents One or Vents 1) is an Australian hip hop artist from Adelaide, South Australia. He is known for his dark political content and aggressive delivery,[1] and his association with the Certified Wise crew, whose members include the Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Cross-Bred Mongrels and Terra Firma. With producer Trials of Funkoars, who is known for his extensive body of work with Hilltop Hoods, Drapht and Ash Grunwald, he has released two albums, 2007's Hard to Kill and 2011's Marked for Death.[2] In 2010, DJ Adfu joined Trials as a collaborator with Vents, allowing Trials to concentrate on his other commitments.

In 2011, Vents signed to Hilltop Hoods' label Golden Era Records before releasing his second album Marked for Death.[3] The album debuted at #25 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart [4] and was later nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Urban Album.[5]

Vents has toured extensively and is known for his energetic live show, playing festivals such as the Big Day Out, Sprung Festival, and Homebake as well as supporting acts such as Wu-Tang Clan and Hilltop Hoods.[6][7]


Vents made his debut on Funkoars' release, Who's Your Step Daddy, in 2003 and has since appeared on albums by Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Pegz, Hospice Crew, and Raven.

In 2006, Vents began working with producer Trials on a solo release. Hard to Kill, released 31 July 2007, was produced almost exclusively by Trials[8] and features guest appearances by Suffa MC (Hilltop Hoods), Sesta & Trials (Funkoars) and Mortar (Clandestein).[9] It reached #27 on the ARIA Urban Albums chart.[10]

On 16 December 2008, Vents released the Trials-produced[11] song "Class War" via the MySpace social networking site with the following message:

I was going to save this for the next album but I figured I will dedicate this to the folks in Greece before they run out of steam. RIP Alexis and all the best to you kids in Greece looking for a better quality of life.[11]

Marked for Death was released on 13 May 2011 on Golden Era Records.[12] The first single, "History of the World", and associated video clip were released on 11 April 2011.[13] A second single and video for "Rollin' Balls" was released on YouTube on 2 June 2011.[14]




  • "History of the World" - Golden Era (11 April 2011)
  • "Rollin' Balls" - Golden Era (2 June 2011)



  1. ^ Hobart Mercury, 11 October 2007, "Underground rap talent Tassie gigs"
  2. ^ Vents receives ARIA Nomination | allaussie hip hop
  3. ^ Vents | Beat Magazine
  4. ^ " - Vents - Marked for Death". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Aria Awards / 2011 Best Urban Album - 27th ARIA Awards 2013
  6. ^ Big Day Out 2008 @ Wayville Showground, Adelaide (01/02/08)
  7. ^ NEWS: Lineup announced for Homebake 2011… – Doubtful Sounds
  8. ^ The Cairns Post, 30 August 2007, "5 seconds with..."
  9. ^ The Advertiser, 16 August 2007, review by Glenn Simpson
  10. ^ The ARIA Report, Issue 912
  11. ^ a b Vents : 'Class War' video,, 16 December 2008
  12. ^ CD: MARKED FOR DEATH | Golden Era Records
  13. ^ "Vents New Single History Of The World Out Now". All Aussie Hip Hop. 
  14. ^[dead link]
  15. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 August 2007, review by Chloe Sasson

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