We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then ... if the band stops being fun and if it's no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop.
Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we're putting Silverchair into "indefinite hibernation" and we've decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future.
We assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. In fact we've been struggling with it for quite a while now.
Back in 2009 we went into the studio to start work on a record. Initially things were going well and as a result we did some shows in 2010 to maintain creative momentum. However, over the months that followed in the studio it became clear to us that we were moving in different directions. Despite our best efforts over the last year or so, it's become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn't there between the three of us at the moment.
As a result we've decided to put the band into 'a deep sleep' while we all do other things that we find more inspiring right now. This means that Silverchair won't be making music together or playing shows any time soon. It also means that the three of us won't be working together unless and until it feels right again.
We understand some of you may be disappointed by this news but we really see it as a liberating and positive step for us at this point in our lives.
We also want to make it really clear that this decision has been made with the best possible intentions. We've always tried our hearts out to make the best music we could possibly make at the time - regardless of commercial consequences.
The three of us still truly care about each other. At the moment Ben’s busy in the studio recording his own music, Chris is working on various business, musical and charitable ventures while Daniel is creating a film soundtrack and working on other musical projects. We hope you'll continue to take an interest in our individual work over the years ahead.
In closing we'd like to acknowledge all the people 'behind the scenes' who've helped us keep this train on the tracks since we first started playing in a garage. There are too many to name but they know who they are and we truly appreciate all their love and hard work.
Above all though we want to thank you for all your support in good times and bad. You've put up with our long breaks between albums, our constantly changing musical styles and lots more. The unbelievable loyalty we've been shown by you our audience, and our friends, has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated. That’s why we wanted to tell you first.
With Sincere Thanks For Your Understanding.
Daniel, Ben and Chris
Starlight brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalized children and their families throughout Australia.
To make a donation or to find out how you can support the Starlight Children’s Foundation visit www.starlight.org.au or call 1300 727 827.
TEDxSydney will build on a successful TEDxSydney 2010, and feature a selection of Australia's leading visionaries and storytellers showcasing their Ideas Worth Spreading LIVE ... as well as online to the world at large.
The announcement of the 2011 Speakers & Performers lineup includes Daniel Johns, who in collaboration with film maker Josh Wakely will be part of the line up talking about Josh's next production - a musical feature My Mind's Own Melody which he has developed and created with Daniel.
TED is a not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design.
At the free-but-invitation-only one day event at CarriageWorks in Redfern on Saturday 28 May 2011, a "curated" group of 800 changemakers, innovators, thinkers, creative souls, cultural leaders and social pioneers will witness a back-to-back schedule of talks, performances and other multimedia surprises.
Tickets cannot be purchased for this events. Entry via Applications only.
Applications to attend TEDxSydney 2011 LIVE are now open. If you'd like to apply for a seat in the theatre, please do that HERE.
Applications close on 15 April 2011 and applicants will be notified before the end of the month.
Arts Minister Virginia Judge recently announced the next generation of award-winning filmmakers to receive grants under the 2010 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund.
Ms Judge said seven short films would be made, with each film receiving up to $30,000 in production funding.
Since it was established 15 years ago, the Emerging Filmmakers Fund has given grants totalling $3 million to 130 NSW film crews and their projects,” she said.
Films produced under the Fund have had more than 1000 local and international festival screenings, including in Cannes, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Tokyo, New York, and Barcelona, and have received over 200 awards and nominations.
Ms Judge said this year’s recipients were an incredibly talented group of filmmakers, ready to make a significant career step up with the production of their short films.
Among the films to be funded is Suspended, which sees actor Damian Walshe-Howling make the leap into writing and directing. The film will be produced by experienced short film producer and feature film production coordinator Lisa Shaunessy who has worked on some of the biggest films ever made in Australia, including Star Wars, Superman Returns and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Writer/director Paola Morabito, who acted as assistant to Jane Campion on her feature films Bright Star and In The Cut, will now write and direct Lie Softly, a 14-minute drama to be produced by Tara Riddell.
Josh Wakely, an experienced actor and writer and an emerging director, will have the opportunity to make My Mind’s Own Melody, a short musical drama he has written with Silverchair’s Daniel Johns.
Visual effects and post production specialist Pauline Piper will produce the short animation A Cautionary Tail, to be directed by Simon Rippingdale, with Erica Harrison as writer.
Tanya Golberg is a stage and television actor, stage director and has previously directed the short film The Mighty Hand of God. Now she will direct Great Western, a sevenminute drama, to be produced by Rachel Antony and written by Trent Bartfield.
The Fund will provide post production funding to the 15-minute drama Spirit-Ed, which stars British actress Miriam Margolyes (Happy Feet, Harry Potters, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Babe). Writer/director is Peter Mether and producer is Shannon Wilson.
Mitzi Goldman has been writing, producing, editing and directing documentaries for more than 20 years. However, Letter Tape is her first animated documentary. She is producing the film, which is to be written and directed by Rowena Crowe.
UPDATE - The guitar has now sold.
Calling all bass playing Silverchair fans.
The infamous bass Chris Joannou used at Silverchair's memorable Rock in Rio performance in Brazil, 2001, has just been put on the market by a fan who purchased the guitar from Chris in 2005.
The rare, modified by Chris, sparkly blue G&L 4-string bass which is in very good condition can be viewed on ebay and YouTube.
25% proceeds from the sale will be donated towards Nathan's Bequest - a charity that Chris supports strongly. Please donate or support even if you don't win the bid - http://nathansbequest.com
Good luck on the bidding!
Chris Joannou will present at the 2010 ARIA Awards along side other musicians, an actor, satirists and even a politician. These include actor Eric Stonestreet from the smash hit Network Ten comedy Modern Family, rock pop outfit Operator Please, Ricki Lee, Stan Walker, Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson, Jessica Mauboy, Clare Bowditch, Jason Derulo and You Am I's Tim Rogers. Politician Bob Katter, Independent Member for Kennedy, will team up with Andrew Hansen and Julian Morrow from The Chaser.
Daniel Johns features with some of Australasia's most respected names in music in a new international coffee-table book.
New York photographer Andrew Zuckerman's latest project, a book of portraits titled Music, includes Daniel, Jimmy Barnes, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and Neil Finn among 52 portraits of some of the world's top musicians.
Zuckerman flew out to Australia and New Zealand to shoot sessions with local artists, who feature alongside big name internationals including Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Eve, Chrissie Hynde and Lenny Kravitz.
The book follows Zuckerman's 2008 tome, Wisdom, which, like Music, was published with the help of South African archbishop Desmond Tutu to bring messages of inspiration from well-known figures, to the world.
As well as displaying raw and emotive portraits, Zuckerman includes individual stories in the artists' own words about their lives and careers.
"Looking at the topography of someone's face, so much information is in there." Zuckerman tells Insider. "You can glean so much from their essential character."
Silverchair's Daniel Johns says: "Music is just organised noise. Its emotional resonance comes out of passion." Although Zuckerman says getting all the artists involved was hard work, he hopes to bring out a follow up edition.
"It's hard to convince people who are generally used to a very focused reason for doing press to just get out there and do someone else's essentially art project." he says.