🎧 Who is Daniel Johns?

Listened Who is Daniel Johns? The hit podcast untangling Silverchair’s enigmatic frontman from theguardian.com

Johns has had a difficult relationship with the media and is notoriously averse to interviews – possibly because the few he does are always such high-stakes affairs. Last time he was in the public eye he was being grilled by Andrew Denton on national TV; now he’s letting podcasters into his childhood bedroom to fossick through his teenage diaries. Kudos to podcast creators Kaitlin Sawrey, Amelia Chappelow and Frank Lopez for getting this level of access without some sort of elaborate heist.

Kaitlin Sawrey, Amelia Chappelow and Frank Lopez reclaim Daniel Johns narrative from myth and innuendo. It was interesting to get a different perspective of Johns’ music and some of the thinking behind it, including trashing the recordings of an early album. I was also intrigued by Johns’ lack of interest with technology.

Although I was intrigued by the conversations with Paul Mac, Natalie Imbruglia, Van Dyke Parks and Julian Hamilton, I felt that voices of Billy Corgan and Kevin Parker were a bit token. This is one of the things that I have enjoyed about Damian Cowell’s podcast, other than an episode involving Tony Martin, the names feel like context.

One of the funny things about this podcast is that I had to listen to it on Spotify. This then lead to a whole series of recommendations by Spotify around podcast.

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