'Big-hearted' and talented: a young life cut short
BIG-hearted, quiet and a lover of music.
Those are just a few ways Lorenzo Cazzola describes his son Adam, who died on Saturday night in a car crash on the Peak Downs Hwy at Moranbah.
Adam was 24 years old and a former Moranbah State High School student, with messages of tribute continuing to flow online.
"He was the kind of guy who would go without for his friends to have," Mr Cazzola said.
"He was big-hearted and cared a lot, but didn't show it."
But Adam's passion for music was always evident, and the father and son would travel across the country to see their favourite artists together.
Last year they saw three major musicians play.
"Adam got to shake (pop star) Pink's hand," Mr Cazzola said.
"They ran out of tickets in Brisbane so we went all the way to Melbourne for it."
Rihanna and Eminem were his favourites, and inspired Adam to write lyrics and remix their songs.
"I think the song New York, New York was his favourite," Mr Cazzola said.
"He re-rhythmed it and put in different drum beats but had the singer still singing.
"He played the guitar, keyboard and piano and also got his own mixer, so he wrote his own music and put it out on the internet."
Mr Lorenzo said it was poetry that first led to Adam's love for music, which eventually gave him the nickname 'Hip Hop Entertainer'.
"He was a poet," he said.
"It was putting words to notes that led to music.
"Sometimes he would lock himself in his room for days until he got the rhythm and the lyrics right."
When he wasn't mixing beats, Mr Cazzola said Adam would be driving his car or riding his skateboard.
Adam also loved to travel, and the pair would go to the V8 Supercars at Townsville and the Gold Coast every year, both barracking for Ford.
Over the last two years Adam and his dad had worked together doing up a 1969 Mustang.
"He would come around and help me, but he didn't want to get his hands too dirty because it would make the keys on the piano dirty," Mr Cazzola said.
"But he'd come around and help me lift stuff and give me a hand."
During a trip to Italy in 2004 Adam got to meet his extended family, and discovered a love for focaccia bread and scrambled eggs with tomato sauce.
"It was his big adventure," Mr Cazzola said.
"He met my aunty and uncle and cousins."
Since his school days, Adam had been part of a group of four close friends, and Mr Cazzola said he cared a lot more about them than he ever showed.
"He just loved being with his family and mates," Mr Cazzola said.
"He liked to have fun but was also a thinker and a worrier."
Along with his mum Veronica, Adam also had an older brother Curtis and the pair had a lot of good times together.
"He was a cool guy, we had a load of good times with our friends and family, and got into some mischief," Curtis said.
"By some I mean a lot, but it was fun and that was the important thing."
Where: St John's Catholic Church, Anne Street, Walkerston
When: Thursday November 5, 10am (tentative date).