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Date Of BirthApril 22, 1979
SpouseNatalie Imbruglia
FactAlmost fully recovered from his terrible illness, Johns has announced the tour dates for Silverchair's Diorama. 'Across the night tour' will go throughout Australia in April 2003 - Johns proved how popular he still is when all the tickets to every single show sold out on the first day! [December 2002]

Daniel Johns is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Silverchair. Johns was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, on 22 April 1979, the youngest of four children. His father, Phil, was a doctor, and his mother, Kerry, was a nurse. Johns had two older sisters and an older brother. He was educated at St. Philip’s Christian College, where he met future Silverchair bassist Chris Joannou. Johns began playing guitar at the age of 12 and wrote his first song, “Untitled #1”, when he was 15. He was influenced by a wide range of artists, including Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley, and the Smashing Pumpkins.

Johns formed Silverchair in 1992 with Joannou and drummer Ben Gillies. The band’s debut album, Frogstomp, was released in 1995 and went platinum in Australia and the United States. The follow-up album, Freak Show, was released in 1997 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Silverchair’s third album, Neon Ballroom, was released in 1999 and reached number three on the Billboard 200. The band took a hiatus in 2002 after Johns developed a debilitating case of reactive arthritis.

Johns released his debut solo album, The Dissociatives, in 2005. The album peaked at number three on the ARIA chart and was certified platinum in Australia. Johns released his second solo album, Talk, in 2009. The album peaked at number five on the ARIA chart and was certified gold in Australia.

Johns has won a total of 21 ARIA Music Awards, making him the most awarded artist in the history of the ARIA Awards. He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and won one for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Ana’s Song (Open Fire)” in 2000.

Johns is married to former television presenter Natalie Imbruglia. They have one son together, Max Valentine Johns, born in 2015.

General Info

Full NameDaniel Johns
Date Of BirthApril 22, 1979
Height1.79 m
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Aerial Love, Cool On Fire, Going On 16


SpouseNatalie Imbruglia
ParentsJulia Johns, Greg Johns, Aerial Love, Cool On Fire, Going On 16


Music GroupsSilverchair, The Dissociatives, Aerial Love, Cool On Fire, Going On 16
NominationsARIA Music Award for Best Male Artist, ARIA Music Award for Best Video, ARIA Music Award for Producer of the Year, ARIA Music Award for Best Cover Art, Aerial Love, Cool On Fire, Going On 16

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1Basically, the reason I'm vegan is because when I was about 16 or 17 years old, I began to understand that we don't need to contribute to the killing and exploitation of animals to feed our bodies correctly.
2I have a theory because I was being beaten up a lot by people outside of school, it was almost like if I could make myself sick enough they'd take sympathy on me.
3I'm always active in trying to educate people when it comes to eating animal products, testing on animals, and the health benefits of being vegan, although I'm probably not the best person to be talking about the latter at the moment.
4We never considered ourselves to be a good band or anything, we just thought we were playing for fun and we wanted to play music that sounded like Black Sabbath or Soundgarden or the music we were into at that time.
5We met The Cult and were talking to them for a while. We went a few places with Offspring.
6We were perceived as a post-grunge band.
7We were really motivated to do something with this record overseas, even though I hate touring.
8When we first began and I was 14, my influences were the stuff that was in my parent's record collection like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
9With our first two records we backed ourselves into a hole musically.
10The touring for this album was definitely going to be the most intense touring we've done.
11There are no big groupie fans or anything.
12There was three or four years of my life where I hated myself and you know, would have quite happily ended it.
13Though, since the first record, I've dramatically changed my expectations for our records.
14Touring doesn't kill me and I can handle it.
15It just makes everything more pleasurable when you've got someone that emotionally is there to rely on.
16It makes it hard to get over a certain period of your life when you are constantly revisiting it every night.
17Kinda when I stopped eating was on our second album, just as it felt like everything was so out of control.
18Reactive arthritis is something I've been dealing with for nearly a year.
19So I went and visited a doctor and he diagnosed me with reactive arthritis.
20I start sweating and shaking and having panic attacks if I am not at home.
21I think I definitely got scared by the second or third time a doctor told me I was dying.
22I have not really experienced any significant conflict with anyone in regard to my choice to be vegan, although going out to eat is hard sometimes.
23I know if I don't tour people will forget the record and you run a high risk of the record failing.
24I never really paid attention to sales until the second record.
25There's an inherent thing in me where, if things are going too smooth, I'll sabotage the hell out of them, just to make the music more of a sanctuary.
26I am doing everything humanly possible to try and get well, but lately things have just kept getting worse.
27I am very scared of being outside my home for long periods of time.
28I get very anxious and am scared in crowds and things like that.
29I had to try and find a way to express happiness without sounding corny.
30I'm lucky the arthritis happened at the time that it did because of the record.
31None of us are really dumb and none of us are really smart. We're in the middle.
32I wrote... Neon Ballroom in that time where I hated music, really everything about it, I hated it.
33I try to stay positive by focusing on how much I'll appreciate my health if I get better.
34I have never had a social life, don't ever want one because it's boring. I'm just not very good with people, and you meet people every night who expect you to be this rock star with these developed social skills, which I don't have.
35I love life, it's the best thing in the whole world.
36(On Silverchair's stunning new album, Diorama) "No matter what people have got going on in their lives, hopefully when they play this album it will make them forget about everyday stuff. When music does that it's magical and, for me, that's what "Diorama" is about."


1Finished recording Silverchair's new album "Young Modern", and is taking a break before doing the final mixing. [December 2006]
2The couple announced a joint statement saying their marriage is over and they simply grew apart from not being able to spend enough time together. Natalie is based in London and Daniel in Australia. [January 2008]
3Daniel is currently in New South Whales with Silverchair working on demos for their upcoming fifth album. [November 2005]
4Late Australian actor Heath Ledger said that Silverchair was one of his favorite Australian bands.
5In an AT&T Blue Room interview in 2007, Silverchair discussed the actual origin of their band's name. They took the name from the C.S. Lewis book entitled "The Silver Chair". They admitted in the interview that they came up with what they thought was a good story, but realize now that it would have been much easier to just say it was from a book.
6Has a dog named Sweep.
7Had seven top 10 singles in the Aria charts between 1995-2001, which is more than any other Australian act in the 1990s.
8Is a vegan
9Announced engagement to Natalie Imbruglia. [January 2003]
10Refuses to use pitch correction software on his music. While this technology corrects notes that are sung or played out of tune, it is Johns' personal belief that such artificial perfection diminishes music.
11Almost fully recovered from his terrible illness, Johns has announced the tour dates for Silverchair's Diorama. 'Across the night tour' will go throughout Australia in April 2003 - Johns proved how popular he still is when all the tickets to every single show sold out on the first day! [December 2002]
12He came up with the name Silverchair, from two songs from his biggest musical influences - 'silver' is a spin on 'sliver' from Nirvana and the 'chair' comes from You am I's 'Berlin Chair'.
13Has suffered from anorexia, and vividly laments his battle with it in his beautiful song 'Ana's song' (Open Fire)
14Suffering from a rare case of arthritis, which has prevented him from touring his new album, Diorama.
15Singer/Songwriter of hugely popular Australian rock/grunge band Silverchair.


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Rage2008-2014TV Series writer - 3 episodes
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The Voice2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Any Questions for Ben?2012lyrics: "Straight Lines" / music: "Straight Lines"
Dancing with the Stars2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Block2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 12008-2010TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Dare2009performer: "The Johnstowne Co" - as Jasper
So You Think You Can Dance Australia2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2003-2005TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Daria2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scary Movie2000writer: "Punk Song #2"
Head On1998"Freak" Re-mix for Us Rejects
Spawn1997writer: "Spawn"
Blackrock1997writer: "No Association"
The Cable Guy1996writer: "Blind"
Beavis and Butt-Head1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mallrats1995writer: "Stoned"
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie1994writer: "Israel's Son"


Beat Bugs2016TV Series score composer - 21 episodes
My Mind's Own Melody2012Short
The Dissociatives: Sydney Circa 2004 Slash 082004Video
Silverchair: Live from Faraway Stables2003Video


Slugs1988Teenager 1 (as Daniel Jones)
Vietnam War Story1987TV SeriesAmerican MP


Silverchair: Live from Faraway Stables2003Video


The Death of Jack HamiltonShort special thanks post-production
Suburban Mayhem2006thanks: for his manor and his manners - as Sir Whillem Hathaway


Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Australia Unites: Reach Out to Asia2005TV MovieHimself, performer
The Dissociatives: Sydney Circa 2004 Slash 082004VideoHimself - Performer.
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2004TV SeriesHimself
Silverchair: Live from Faraway Stables2003VideoHimself - Silverchair
The 16th Annual ARIA Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Silverchair: Across the Night - Creation of Diorama2002Video documentaryHimself
Rove Live2002TV SeriesHimself
Rage1995TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Powderfinger: The Final Odyssey2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Silverchair

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