Founding member of the rock band Midnight Oil who played drums and percussion, as well as providing backing vocals.
His first band covered songs by The Beatles. He went on to attend the University of Sydney.
He wrote a book called Willie's Bar & Grill, which told the story of the band's post-September 11, 2001 tour.
His parents were residing in Camden, New South Wales in Australia when he was born.
He was bandmates with singer-turned-politician Peter Garrett in Midnight Oil.