For those who don't know (who could that possibly be)
Daniel Johns is the singer/guitarist and main songwriter for
the huge Aussie band silverchair. This interview was
done when Daniel and the rest of silverchair were in the
process of recording their 3rd album "Neon Ballroom", but he
still managed to take the time out of his busy schedule to
answer all of our questions. Thanks Daniel!
Interview by June Bird November 1998.
Special thanks to Mark Pearson and Julie Johns for their
assistance in securing the interview.
Are you a vegetarian or a vegan?
Being vegan is different to being
vegetarian. A vegetarian doesn't eat meat (this includes
chicken and fish), but may choose to eat dairy products, eggs,
or wear leather. A vegan on the other hand, will not eat or
use anything which is from an animal, or that is an animal
by-product. No eggs, milk, cheese, leather etc.
Do you find that it's difficult being vegan? What's the hardest
What's the best part of being vegan?
Why did you decide to become vegan?
Can you think of any significant events while growing up that
shaped your compassionate thinking towards animals?
How did you develop an interest in Animal Liberation?
Do some people think that this is just a fad? That you will
change your mind and go back to eating animals?
What do your parents think about you being vegan? (Are they, or
your brother, vegetarian or vegan?)
Could you envisage that there could be any songs from you, in
the future, that would promote cruelty-free living?
Do you hope that many other people around your age would realise
that there is no need to eat animals to stay healthy?
What sort of things do you eat?
Have you found when you're touring that there's plenty of good
vego grub around?
Have you had the usual hilarious crowd of people making fun of
your beliefs? Do you laugh along with them or get totally pissed
With your friends at BBQs do you find that they're sympathetic
to your beliefs, and cater for you? Or do you just end up eating
fried onions on a plain bread roll?!
What about wearing leather? Or having feathers in your doona? To
what extent would you take your animal activism?
What do you think about circuses with animals, and rodeos?
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What's your point of view on factory farming: such as hens in
battery cages, pigs in cramped stalls, and cattle feedlots?
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Is there one particular area of animal exploitation that you
find really disturbing?
Do you know any other vegetarian musicians?
When touring, Paul McCartney insists that the catered food for
the crew etc, is vegetarian. Is this something that you've thought
What are your thoughts about people who eat meat? Do you think
it's a lack of awareness of the story behind meat, or something
How have you felt since you became vegan? Healthier... or on
your last legs?!
Is the health aspect of vegetarianism an issue for you?
How would you approach the situation where you were developing a
serious relationship with someone who ate meat?
If you choose to have children in the future, how would you
encourage them to keep with a vegetarian/vegan diet?
Tell me about your dog? I believe he/she is very important to
Would you ever be involved with an animal rights protest...would
you feel comfortable doing that?
We've received numerous emails to the Animal Liberation NSW
website from people saying they've become vegetarian partly due to
your influence – is there anybody that you know of that you feel
you've influenced to cruelty-free living?
If you could what you really wanted to the 'youth of today'
regarding vegetarianism and animal rights - what would that be?