“OPLIAM performs a mix of Reggae, electronic and hip-hop. “Nothing like playing for an indigenous audience if you know what I’m saying,” he said to begin his show. He is Native American on his father’s side, a heritage that often transcends into his music. OPLIAM brought the Indigenous Peoples’ Concert together with the help of Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and played the Indigenous Peoples’ March in D.C. in January 2019.” (Elena Bruess/Medill)
“…as well as Opliam, the rootsy hip-hop fusion project of concert co producer Liam McDonald.”
“Chicago-area artist OPLIAM — Liam McDonald — will take the Old Town School stage along with Frank Waln and the NuFolk Rebel Alliance for the Indigenous Peoples Concert, a night showcasing the diverse and vibrant talents of Native American musicians. The Minnesota-native OPLIAM, who also co produced the event, hopes it can help boost consciousness and awareness of native cultures through the arts.”
“For one, his upbeat mix of hip-hop, rock and roll, and reggae is both catchy and funky enough to get anyone’s toes tapping. But OPLIAM’s music goes farther than just infectious rhythms and enticing melodies: he uses his talent to make impactful statements about the struggles that indigenous people continue to go through.”
“McDonald, who goes by the stage name Opliam, has found a way to incorporate his struggles into his music…McDonald’s music fuses genres such as electronic, reggae and hip hop, plus he is an acoustic singer songwriter.”
“An emcee that pushes the boundaries of rap, talking about things beyond a stereotypical rapper. Production that’ll you’ll get lost in and rhymes pertaining to physics, time, politics, things that’ll make you question our existence and enjoy the beauty of life.”
OPLIAM is a multi-instrumentalist whose music crosses all musical boundaries. He plays rock and roll, hip hop and reggae. Sometimes separately, sometimes cosmically interwoven. OPLIAM has toured internationally, playing shows in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2019, OPLIAM played both the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC as well as the 23rd Annual World Peace and Prayer Day, held by Chief Arvol Looking Horse. In 2019, OPLIAM also had the opportunity to open for Kweku Collins on the Manifest Urban Arts Festival Main stage, Downtown Chicago. Manifest’s previous headliners include Chance The Rapper, Common, Ella Mai, Vic Mensa. OPLIAM has also played shows with Indigenous, Frank Waln, and members of Gogol Bordello in 2019.
OPLIAM is Native American on his father’s side and has never forgotten where he comes from as a musician. OPLIAM’s family is Mohawk, one of the six Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nations, originating from Kahnawake Mohawk reserve outside of Montreal, Quebec.