Posted: 22 June, 2015
Matty interviews long time mate and Newcastle local Daniel Johns about the bad old days and his brand new album.
Daniel Johns and Joey Johns (no relation) during the 1997 Newcastle Knights mad Monday celebrations.
Daniel Johns is, obviously, not your ordinary Newcastle bloke.
Growing up on the north coast, Daniel's life changed massively as an early teenager with Silverchair becoming on of the biggest artists in Australia and at the time, overseas.
Since then he's gone from strength to strength becoming Australia's most awarded artist (with over 20 ARIA's) and now recently released has his first solo album Talk.
As you would expect, growing up in Newey in the mid-90s, Matty and Joey knew Daniel, actually he grew up down the road and have shared some bloody funny times together.
"Living in Newcastle, it's always been a great musical city, it's produced so many unbelievable bands but they've always been those pub rock bands... they've never had a Daniel Johns and you come out of the blue, how crazy did life get for ya?"
"It was pretty weird, the start of Silverchair's career it's a strange time anyway when you're 14 years old... you don't really know who you are as a person let alone an artists so I felt that part of my life [was] pretty awkward," explained Daniel.
"I remember people from all over the world... they'd go [into] Australian phonebooks and the obviously knew you were from Mereweather, so they'd look up 'Johns' and 'Mereweather' and mate I'd be getting calls in the middle of the night asking 'where's Daniel?' sometimes if I was pissed I'd just pretend I was you..."
"Yeah, excellent, that's what I would do in the same situation," laughed Daniel.
"Another overwhelming moment, 1997, when you wake up in the morning... Andrew Johns is sitting at the end of your bed singing and dragging you out to Mad Monday [after winning the Grand Final], really, does it get any bigger than that?" joked Matty.
"That was absolutely one of the most bizarre wake up calls I've ever had," Daniel said.
"I remember you've turned up to mad Monday and we're all there and honestly Daniel I felt so sorry for you mate," said Matty.
"I was completely overwhelmed... I think my mum was downstairs, I still lived with my parents at that point and Andrew Johns rocks up at the back door and just comes in, walking up the stairs and had obviously been celebrating quite a hard, just busted into my bedroom... then [I] was chucked into a van and taken to Marathon Stadium," laughed Daniel.
"Hijacked..." said Matty.
"Exactly" responded Daniel.
Listen to the stories of Newcastle in the 90s below, playing massive gigs like Rock In Rio and his relationship with legendary producer Van Dyke Parkes.
Listen to the first half of the interview where Matty asked Daniel Johns about the new album and his need to 'always evolve' as a musician.
Silverchair - Freak (Live - Rock In Rio III)
This is how you celebrate one of the greatest moments in Newcastle Knights history.