Daniel's been busy in the studio of late and we're excited to now be able to share what he's been up to with you.
Daniel and Kimbra were invited to perform alongside contemporary composer Van Dyke Parks (The Beach Boys, Ry Cooder, Joanna Newsom, Silverchair) as part of the 2013 Adelaide Festival in March this year.
Check out this short doco of the lead-up to the event on Pedestrian, narrated by Kimbra and shot by Thom Kerr.
'My Mind's Own Melody' has been selected in the 51st New York Film Festival. The final screening of the cinematic modern musical created by Josh Wakely and Daniel Johns will be held at the Lincoln Centre, the NY equivalent of the Opera House, Oct 8 at 1pm. Tickets are available online with further info at http://tiny.cc/qr2l4w
The NYFF is hailed among the top ten film festivals in the world, selecting only 16 short films from several thousand entries each year.
A film by Josh Wakely, original music and lyrics by Daniel Johns, featuring the talents of Golden Globe winner Lisa Gerrard and starring David Lyons, 'My Mind's Own Melody' played to a packed house over the weekend receiving a huge reaction.
Voting has started for triple j's Hottest 100 songs of the last 20 years. Silverchair have featured frequently in the Hottest 100 over the years peaking at #2 with 'Straight Lines' in 2007. If you're casting a vote for Silverchair, we suggest putting in a vote for 'Straight Lines' ... or any of your other favourites as well of course.
You can do it now @ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/alltime/20years/ . Happy voting.
Legendary composer/arranger Van Dyke Parks, famous for his orchestrations on records by The Beach Boys, Rufus Wainwright, U2 and Silverchair has been interviewed by Doug Wallen. The interview probes, amongst other things, Van Dyke's current Australia visit, his involvement with Silverchair and his upcoming appearance at the Adelaide Festival.
Van Dyke Parks will perform with Daniel Johns, Kimbra and other guests at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide this Friday, March 8.
Ben Gillies’ new musical project "Bento" will perform for Aussie troops in the Middle East in March. He will be joined by science guru and TV and radio personality Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and comedian Justin Hamilton.
The tour includes five shows to entertain soldiers, sailors, airmen and Australian Federal Police men and women.
Chris Joannou participates in Rock ‘N' Ride to raise awareness for headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Chris Joannou will be taking part in Rock 'N' Ride, riding his motorbike from the Big Day Out at the Gold Coast to the Adelaide Big Day Out, a race through 4 states over 5 gruelling days all in the name of raising awareness for headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
Grinspoon frontman, Phil Jamieson will be leading 'Rock 'N' Ride which is presented by the Big Day Out. Chris and Phil will be joined by up to10 musician and media personalities, including co-founder of Rock ‘N' Ride CEO of Big Day Out, Adam Zammit, Jamieson's wife, Julie, and mates Paul Mac (Musician/Producer on Big Day Out lineup), Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels and Australian Rugby League legend), Kate Peck (MTV Presenter) and Steve Andrews (Black Dog Ride) in a mammoth 5 days of music and motor biking largess.
headspace provides young people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, bullying, drug and alcohol problems with support and services across Australia. The Rock ‘N' Ride group will be stopping into headspace centres in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA regional towns.
During the town stops the Rock ‘N' Ride riders will meet and greet the local community, media and youths of headspace joining them for lunch, autograph signing, photo opportunities, acoustic performances from Phil Jamieson, Paul Mac and Chris Joannou plus other giveaways. The riders will also be talking to the local community and media about headspace and how important their centres are to the local youth and their families.
"Every year we get involved with Big Day Out festivals across the country and this year we're excited to take this partnership to another level. Rock ‘N' Ride gives us the chance to engage regional young people in their communities and at headspace centres to create awareness of the mental health issues young people face and where they can go to get support." - headspace CEO, Chris Tanti.
Sunday 20th January: Gold Coast Big Day Out ~ Rock ‘N' Ride departure
Monday 21st January: headspace centre, Warwick ~ Connabarabran - live performance
Tuesday 22nd January: headspace centre, Bathurst ~ Headspace centre, Wagga Wagga
Wednesday 23rd January: headspace centre, Bendigo ~ Swan Hill - live performance
Thursday 24th January: headspace centre, Berri ~ Headspace centre, Murray Bridge
Friday 25th January: Adelaide Big Day Out ~ arrival into show grounds
For further information on headspace or Rock 'N' Ride visit www.headspace.org.au
These are and this is DIAMOND DAYS, the sparkling debut album by Bento – the new musical creation from Ben Gillies, drummer and co-founder of Silverchair.
DIAMOND DAYS is twelve new bristling and glistening rock & roll songs, with Ben up front, singing his heart out, singing his own songs, and opening up like you’ve never heard him before.
“It’s an album of self-discovery, of finding myself,” says Ben. “I’ve always written songs and over the years I’ve kept a log of every idea. It’s exciting to finally see some of these ideas fully realised.”
Adds the former APRA Songwriter of the Year: “Being part of something as awesome and mammoth as Silverchair required so much of myself and at times there was very little energy left for other things. Now I feel as if I’m freed up and can satisfy my own creative output and get about doing what makes sense for me at this point. It’s been a while in the making and I’m excited to finally share it.”
Honest, uncluttered, open-hearted, Bento is Ben’s baby, but it sounds like a full band that has been playing together forever. Pulled together from a thousand ideas Ben has collected over the years, there’s a distinctive sheen to the twelve tracks that make up DIAMOND DAYS, a unique cohesiveness and melodious energy.
Prepare yourself – Bento sounds nothing like Silverchair. And if you happened to have heard Ben’s short-lived Tambalane project from a few years back, well, Bento sounds absolutely nothing like that either.
The immediacy of the lead track, the title track Diamond Days, will give you a fair indication of what Bento is all about. But there are a dozen different moods and views present on the album.
Co-produced by Ben Gillies and Eric J Dubowsky (Faker, Art Vs. Science), and featuring an array of Ben’s muso mates throughout, including Papa Vs Pretty’s gifted frontman and guitarist Thomas Rawle as a lead player, this is Bento, and this is … these are … DIAMOND DAYS. Enjoy!
The first single from the album, Diamond Days, goes to radio on Monday, 17 September and will be available to purchase (from all good online retailers/iTunes) on the same day and the video is available to view now at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H96wLcGXwg.
The Diamond Days album is scheduled for release on Friday, 26 October, 2012.
Check www.wearebento.com for more info.
Iconic Australian musician, Daniel Johns, winner of 21 ARIA awards and three times winner of APRA’s songwriter of the year, has written, arranged and performed an epic new piece called “Atlas” in a unique collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Qantas. The piece forms the soundtrack for the new Qantas brand and Olympic advertising.
"Creating ATLAS has been a unique experience for me. When Qantas first approached me, I agreed to the project as I was really into the idea of creating a piece of music that represented Australia. I wanted it to sound big, something special. It was a conscious effort to create a good piece of music and not just a jingle. I've also wanted to work with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a long time now so it was great to be finally be able to do that. I'm really happy with how the song turned out" - Daniel Johns
View the behind the scenes for ATLAS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-9MIvUOcxE