The 24-year-old Australian was given his first recording contract when he was just 14 (after he and his friends Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou - now his Silverchair band mates - won a demo competition) and was touring America with the Red Hot Chili Peppers by the age of 16."It was awful," he says, in a tiny voice, as he fiddles with the bangles on his thin wrists. I had to move back to my parents' house because there were too many stairs in mine, and then I had to sleep in my sister's room because it was on the ground floor. All I could do was lie on the sofa, but nobody could join me on it, because when they sat down even the movements of the cushions hurt too much.''He first realised that something was seriously wrong in November 2001, while working on Silverchair's latest album, Diorama.He developed pain in his knees that soon spread to his shoulders, back, feet, wrists and pelvis."I think that one of the worst things about the arthritis was that I was unable to do my music." He says that, before he developed arthritis, he could at least use songwriting and singing as an outlet for whatever he was feeling - as he did on the band's 1999 album Neon Ballroom; especially when he wrote Ana's Song, a dark account of living with anorexia."The first time," says the lead singer with multi-million-selling rock band Silverchair, "I was OK with it. To say that Johns's life has been something of a rollercoaster would be an understatement. I have to change something or I'm really going to hurt my mum." He laughs, just as he does when he tells me that he once seriously considered committing suicide."We had set a date, and if things hadn't got any better by then, we agreed we would kill ourselves.
He also bought an oxygen tent because it helped his blood to absorb the medication more quickly. I went from a state where nobody knew when I might get better to becoming 90 per cent healthy.''Although there is no scientific proof that anorexia causes reactive arthritis - it is usually the result of a virus - Johns is convinced that his two-year struggle to overcome the eating disorder had something to do with it, even if it was just his body's way of paying him back for what he says was essentially "years of taking Valium and eating no food. The Australian artist has offered a taste of things to come with “Cool On Fire,” a crafty R&B track which was co-written and produced by Lorde collaborator Joel Little. Little has also contributed his production talents to album tracks “Warm Hands" and “Aerial Love,” Ex-Silverchair Frontman Daniel Johns Releases First Solo Song: Listen Melbourne duo Damn Moroda and writer/producer Louis Schoorl worked on such tracks as “Goin’ On 16”, “We Are Golden”, “Too Many” and “New York,” while Julian Hamilton, a founding member of the ARIA Award-winning electronic duo the Presets helped write “By Your Side” and “Dissolve” (Hamilton also co-wrote Silverchair’s 2007 song “Straight Lines”). For a while, I thought I'd got away with it scot-free, but I didn't.I believe the eating disorder made me more susceptible to illness.''He says that his anorexia was caused by the pressure of being thrust into the spotlight at such a young age.