A professional working and touring multi-instrumentalist with 2 Bachelor degrees in Music (WAAPA) and won the 2005 WAMi awards for song of the year. Although the senior audio technician and installer at Pro Sound Shannon was also the resident pianist for City of Perth from 2001 to 2015 performing for all the civic receptions held at Council House Perth, Western Australia.
Shannon is sound engineer and keyboardist for a number of Professional Australian bands, artists and Tributes including Slim Jim & The PHATTS, Proof the band, The Mod Squad, The Fit Swimmers, AbbaFab and former backing vocalist for Australia's most successful tribute band to Queen and Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody fronted by Australia's Got Talent finalist Thomas Crane. Bohemian Rhapsody tour nationally to sellout crowds and are the regular headline act at the Noosa International Food & Wine festival.
MEDIA RELEASE 2005
HEAVY rock songwriters from the northern suburbs featured heavily in this year's State music industry awards. Shannon de Bie, of Marangaroo, and Jarryd Bird, of Kingsley, were among four nominees who contested the Heavy Rock and Metal category at the 2005 WAMi awards. De Bie emerged as winner at the October 27 awards ceremony. Secondary music teacher de Bie has performed professionally since he was 19 and studied at the WA Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor of Arts (Jazz) and Bachelor of Music (Education) last year.
"I’ve studied Jazz for the past five years and now I can write what I want to write rather than what was required for the course," de Bie said. De Bie's favored styles of music range all the way from Classical to Metal but he said he could still find a connection. "I think Bach's melodic phrases can be heard in bands like Metallica, you can hear links," de Bie said. His main musical influences were Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Bach and Beethoven. "Currently I'm performing in a Jazz trio but my main passion is composing in rock metal style and I'm also passionate about Classical orchestra style."
De Bie said he was ecstatic when he received word of his nomination. "I was absolutely blown away when I got the initial news, its great exposure," he said. The first-time nominee said his composition Falling was written for a friend stuck in a rut with drugs. "The song is about throwing your life away with drugs," he said. "It's also a reflection on my own life as well, and how I escaped that lifestyle."
"In the tradition of Johann Sebastian Bach may my life and music be to the glory of God."
EXCERPT from JAZZ AUSTRALIA
Born and raised in Perth Western Australia. Shannon began playing the piano at age three, and began Classical Piano studies at the age of six. Completing his studies of Classical Piano at age 16 he studied the Blues and 1950s Rock Piano.
He commenced Jazz studies at the age of 23, then after a successful audition was accepted into WAAPA graduating 2004 a Bachelor of Arts (Jazz) and Bachelor of Music (Ed). Whilst there he received training in pianistic artistry from keyboard genius’ Andy Vance and Graham Wood.
In 2005 Shannon won the Western Australian Music Industry Awards ‘Song of the Year’ with his own composition ‘Falling’. In this genre, Jazz and traditional Bach harmony heavily influence his writing to create original harmonic textures.
This paved the way for a debut EP released in 2006 under the banner of Jira-Sound.