Part 1: Prelude
Who am I?
My name is Benny Ng. I’m the vocalist and songwriter of Shadowary.
Shadowary is a heavy rock band from Sydney, Australia. At the moment, I’m the only member in it. I’ll find more members but that’s how it is right now.
I was born and raised in Malaysia. I’m Malaysian Chinese and I celebrate Lunar New Year.
I love the ocean and nature.
I’m also a vocal coach and primary school teacher.
Why I Make Music?
Music has always been my passion, but I didn’t start learning to sing until I was 17.
I wrote my first song lyric when I was 13. It was for a school assignment. I wrote it for my plant. (I got full marks for that assignment, by the way 🙂
I also have a passion for acting, but I chose music as my main creative outlet because it lets me write and perform my own work.
High school was a tough period for me. It gave me a well of life experiences to draw from when I write songs.
I love the idea of expressing myself through the songs I write whilst inspiring/helping people deal with those emotions.
And that’s why I make music.
Back in 2019, I released an EP called “MANIFEST”. It had 4 tracks in it.
I also released a music video for my debut single called “ALL ALONE”.
It was a great way for me to test the waters of the music industry.
It was the first taste of more to come.
A Statement… A Way of Life
Since the release of MANIFEST, a lot has changed in both my professional and personal lives.
The pandemic and lockdowns showed me new ways to do things and new directions to take.
I’m ready to take the next steps to elevate my music career.
One of the things I’m doing is to launch my own merch store.
Over the years, I gave out free merch (t-shirts, custom guitar picks etc) to my fans and sold some CDs here and there. I never had a store. I thought this was a good time to start somewhere.
My merch is a way that you can support me on my musical journey, while making a statement about who you are.
To you, Shadowary can mean different things.
To me, Shadowary means being at one with your shadow. It means embracing the good and (supposedly) bad parts of yourself. So that you can be the unique human being that you are.
In psychology, they call this “shadow work”.
I’ll tell you more about it next time.
Look out for my next email.