Thursday, January 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Hair-Raising Local Talent

Undeniable talent is Liam O’Neill.

Hair raising, skin tingling, incredible beats is what you can expect from this youth drummer, and in a few short years, do not be surprised to see him supplying the heavy beats for unstoppable music tracks.

Music is something he has always been surrounded with, with his father a great muso and his brother pursuing music in the music hub Melbourne.

One day, Liam just hopped behind his dad’s kit and everything changed. A natural talent, Liam took to the drums like a duck to water.

“One night, I just hopped on and started learning. I can’t read it but give me a song or just play it and I can learn it,” Liam explained.

Now, years on, Liam has continued to flourish, beating his way through song after song, and is now the drummer of youth rock band Category 5.

“I’ve always wanted to feel the music scene, performing a lot and I was able to join Category 5,” he said.

“I did the Music Festival with them, and I just love it.”

With very hard rock, classic heavy metal energy, Category 5 have taken on their own battle, creating a name and a following for themselves.

“I love the shows and the festivals. I love the energy and just performing for people and seeing them like our music.”

Signing up for the 2023 Young Whitsundays Got Talent, Category 5 took home second place, and were invited to perform at one of the venues for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music.

However, the new year is looking up for Liam and Category 5, with a slight change in direction on the cards.

“I am really keen, because next year, we’re going to be working hard on our own original music,” Liam explained.

Not much of a lyricist, Liam is ready to make the backing beats and is prepared to whip out his computer and make up posters and album covers. A recipe for success, Liam is grateful for all the opportunities that being in Category 5 brings.

“I used to underestimate my own playing and was nervous and very insecure. But everyone I know says otherwise, and I am excited to release our own stuff.”

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