Born in Newcastle, Australia, Daniel Johns is a vocalist, composer, guitarist, pianist and producer. He is best known as the frontman of Silverchair – one of the most acclaimed and successful bands in Australian music history. However, he is now a highly sought after co-writer for a new generation of Australian electronic pop artists including Flume, Slumberjack and Peking Duk. He is also a longtime collaborator with Luke Steele (Empire Of The Sun) and one half of The Dissociatives alongside Australian dance guru Paul Mac.
Daniel is the only man to win APRA’s prestigious ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ Award three times. He arrived on the music scene as a 14 year old when Silverchair’s debut sold millions around the world including multiplatinum success in the USA. Over the following 15 years his band won more ARIA Awards than anyone else in Australian music history. All five of Silverchair’s studio releases (“frogstomp”, “Freak Show”, “Neon Ballroom”, “Diorama” & “Young Modern”) went to #1 in their homeland and the band sold over 6 million albums globally.
During his remarkable career, Daniel has continually explored new musical territories and in 2011 he worked on a trail blazing film project titled “My Mind’s Own Melody” which he wrote with award-winning Australian director, screenwriter, producer, published author and creator of “Beat Bugs”, Josh Wakely.
In 2012 Daniel wrote and collaborated with the Australian Chamber Orchestra to produce the soundtrack “Atlas” for Qantas Airlines. “Atlas” became the soundtrack to the both the airline’s new brand and their Olympics campaign.
In May 2015, Daniel released one of the most anticipated solo debuts in Australia with his album TALK. Highly praised on release, TALK was launched with two sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival where Daniel was hailed as one of the most exciting solo artists in the country.
Peer acclaim for the release saw Daniel nominated for ARIA and APRA Awards and lead to a slew of collaborations with the new breed of Australian artists. His co-write with Flume - “Say It” – is currently top 5 in many countries while his writing and vocal work with Slumberjack has attracted global blog heat.
Most recently, Daniel has collaborated once again with director, Josh Wakely, on the forthcoming Beatles-inspired “Beat Bugs” animated children’s music series that will screen on Netflix and the Seven Network later this year. He produced dozens of tracks for the project, contributed various character vocals and composed some of the original music too. As a result he is currently in Los Angeles working with other like-minded artists on new music and film projects.