Professional Session Drummer, Percussionist, & Educator
*Not Accepting New Students*
Vicky O’Neon is a drummer, percussionist, youtuber and educator based in the UK, originally from Finland. She is drumming for Anastacia on her "I'm Outta Lockdown tour 2022-2023". In May 2023 she performed in the BBC house band for the opening of the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool with artists like Zara Larsson, Atomic Kitten, Conchita Wurst and Birdy.
In 2022 she performed at Manchester arena for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on ITV with artists like Kaiser Chiefs, Steps, Mark Owen (Take That), Ella Henderson, Heather Small (M People), Becky Hill and Tom Grennan.
Some of her other performance credits include Wembley Arena with Nile Rodgers, Laura Mvula, Anne-Marie, YungBlud and Mica Paris and BBC Breakfast's record breaking 24h Drumathon for Children in Need. In 2020 she worked closely with Brian May from Queen releasing 2 songs, one of which hit no. 13 in the iTunes chart. She has also performed with Hans Zimmer and friends (inc. Pharrell Williams & Johnny Marr) at the Hammersmith Apollo and Clean Bandit for the MTV Music awards.
She studied at Drum Tech in London (now called BIMM) from 2010-2013 to receive a BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance as a session drummer. After her first year of studies she received the school's prestigious ‘Top Overall Drummer Award’ which encouraged her to push the boundaries as a drummer. Vicky is known for her musicality and immaculate timing, with the ability to reproduce authentic grooves of popular music genres. She is also an experienced percussion player and has performed alongside DJ’s all over the world in venues such as Atlantis Royal Beach (Dubai), Nikki Beach (Ibiza/Thailand) and at events like FIFA awards and Elle Style Awards.
She is a passionate Ableton Live user and she is incorporating Live into her work as a performer. Some of her work experience includes using Ableton to program electronic drums and live loops for the Olympics Team GB’s Homecoming Concert at Wembley Arena (aired on BBC One). Recent music releases include her debut single 'Cold As' and the album 'Tigerpunsh' with electronic music producer Rachel K Collier.
For the past decade Vicky has been an active educator. She is a co-founder of the non-profit music organisations Girls Rock London and Rock Donna and has developed workshop programmes in Finland, UK, Jamaica, Mexico and USA. In 2021 she released an educational Youtube series called "Drumming Through The Decades", focusing on female identifying drummers and musicians, as well as creating regular performance videos for her YouTube channel.