Daniel Johns Opens Up About Car Crash And Stint In Rehab, Feud With Bandmates Silverchair

Daniel Johns has spoken candidly about the car accident he was involved in earlier this year – as well as his subsequent stint in rehab, with the accident resulting from the singer’s mental health issues – and the tensions that persist between him and his former bandmates. in Silver chair.

In March – just weeks before the release of his latest solo album, ‘FutureNever’ – Johns revealed he had entered rehab after being charged with high-end drunk driving, after entering collision with a vehicle in the Hunter region of the New South. Wales. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was later ordered to serve 10 months of an intensive corrective sentence.

Earlier this week, Johns appeared on an Australian current affairs show The projectwhere he told host Carrie Bickmore that while working on ‘FutureNever’ he “practically had a nervous breakdown”.

He said of the situation: “I got in a car and was barely aware of what I was trying to do. I just wanted to get away. It was like running in the forests. Everything was too much. I was in a really calm environment, a really peaceful environment, and I was trying to run away. I didn’t realize all the noise was in my head, so there was nowhere to run, there was nowhere to hide.

Johns went on to say that he “remembers[s] every detail” of the accident itself, continuing: “I remember being lost. I remember being petrified. I remember being in the dark. I remember the colors – I even remember thinking, “This is how I’m going to die. But I was not suicidal…

“It wasn’t until the penny fell, I was putting other people at risk, that I was like, ‘What the fuck?’ Because I love chaos – that feels like me as an artist. I love chaos, I love it, but I hate it when I can’t get out.

Johns pointed out that no one was injured in the collision; he found this shocking in itself, but noted that he was “so grateful” because “if anyone had been hurt, I think I probably would have killed myself”. The singer also mentioned that he “tried to reach out” and “make amends” with the other person involved in the accident.

Recalling his subsequent visit to rehab, Johns clarified that he ‘didn’t go to rehab for the alcohol’, but rather because he noticed his mental health was deteriorating amid his depression. nervous.

He explained: “I was like, ‘I need help, my brain is crazy.’ Like, I couldn’t tell what was real… I couldn’t even hear the music properly – and to me, the music is the truth, so if I can’t hear the music properly, if I can’t hear the its with precision, i lose my compass of what is real.

“I haven’t written a musical note since I got back, and I don’t know if that’s a nail in the coffin…I don’t know what it is, but I can’t even play music for the moment because I am so afraid that it will start again. »

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Last month Johns revealed that during the process of creating ‘FutureNever’ he tried to reconnect with former Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies and bassist Chris Joannou, inviting them to perform on a song for the record. . They rejected the offer, however, and according to Johns in his interview with The projectthey are unlikely to support his solo project because of their “bitterness and jealousy” towards the former leader.

“One of the guys in particular had taken a real kick out of kicking me while I was down when I was in rehab,” Johns revealed. “saying I was tapping sanity to sell records, or something. I was just like, ‘Man, if this is tapping sanity to sell records, then that’s the marketing plan the greatest ever, because I’ve been doing it since I was 17.’ So it’s conceptual – it’s like Andy Kaufmann shit.

When asked if he “would like to have a relationship now” with his ex-boyfriends, Johns bluntly replied, “Not at the moment. They didn’t show me any respect, so… And I always say “they” – me and Chris have a very passive relationship, there’s no problem as far as [that friendship goes]. Ben, for some reason, has a real problem with me being successful without him, and that’s sad, because I honestly wish him all the best. But unfortunately, he doesn’t want me to diversify.

Johns’ appearance on The Project came in support of his new interactive art exhibit, Past, present and futureNever, which made its debut in Melbourne last week. Described as an “event experience”, the installation – which will run until October 9 at the Rialto Tower in Melbourne’s CBD – traces Johns’ career from his beginnings at Silverchair around 1992, to the release of ” FutureNever”. See more information about the exhibition here.

In a four-star review of “FutureNever”, NME Andrew Trendell praised the album for the way it “shows [Johns’] range,” writing, “While there’s a lot of Daniel Johns at his best here, it’s not ‘The Best Of Daniel Johns’. There’s rock bravado everywhere, but you won’t get a whiff of “Frogstomp.” Styles and eras clash, but “Neon Ballroom” is not. There is, however, a vulnerability, a curiosity and an adventure that makes ‘FutureNever’ unmistakably Johns. That kid who once told you to wait until tomorrow lives there today.

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