He has also used a wide range of amplifiers, both live and in the studio.
Perhaps the most famous piece of equipment he uses is a flute passed down from his great great grandfather.
At the age of 12 Johns and school friends Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou formed a band, originally named The Innocent Criminals, practicing for over four hours a day after school.
The band's career began when they were just 14 years old, after a demo recording of their song "Tomorrow" won a competition by the SBS TV program .
Daniel Paul Johns (born 22 April 1979) is an Australian vocalist, composer, guitarist, and pianist, best known as frontman of the rock band Silverchair. In 2007, he was ranked at number 18 on He began to sing as a child, and his mother realized his talent one day while she was carrying in the groceries.
His interest for classical music started when he was seven.
However, for the first half of 1998, he spent little time outside the house, and became more and more withdrawn with his imposed seclusion having the opposite effect as was intended.
His recovery proceeded apace, allowing Silverchair to perform an extended Australian, European and North American concert tour.The new album was released on 31 March 2007, and was followed by the huge 'Across The Great Divide' tour with Powderfinger.On the 13th of June 2008 on the band's website it was reported that Daniel is working on a new side project with The Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele, there is currently no release date for this "acoustic pop record". In December 2008 Daniel was named as producer of the forthcoming The Scare album. He along with his bandmates, were privately tutored until they received their HS diplomas through the Australian Arts and Music Allegiance.The Dissociatives album was recorded in London by Johns, who contributed lyrics and melodies, and Paul Mac who contributed various other instruments and effects.A few months later, they regrouped in Sydney and Newcastle to finish off the project.