Just a few years again, an electronic mail in my inbox despatched to not fairly the best handle led me to a phenomenal and weird discovery: there’s a metallic rocker in Australia who shares my title and has a half-shaven, half-Rapunzel head of hair.
We met 5 years later when he was visiting his sister in Jerusalem. One other 5 years after that, he was again in Tel Aviv when town was internet hosting the Eurovision Music Contest, and we watched the finals collectively, cheering on Australia’s contestant.
Who knew then that Daniel Estrin, immigration lawyer and rock star, can be on a meteoric rise to Eurovision fame? This week, his pop metallic band Voyager is representing Australia on the Eurovision stage. For the primary time, followers world wide can vote for his or her favourite track.
This known as for a historic Daniel Estrin summit on NPR’s Morning Version, that includes a shock visitor: Daniel Estrin, the lead guitarist of the Grammy-nominated band Hoobastank, finest identified for its ballad The Cause, which is now making a comeback on the Netflix sequence Beef.
We Daniels Estrin (that being the correct plural kind) spoke collectively for the very first time, and Hoobastank’s Dan Estrin shared his musical recommendation — and inhibitions — with Voyager’s Danny Estrin forward of his Eurovision debut. And we supplied up our vocal skills singing the opening lyrics of Voyager’s Eurovision entry, Promise.
This interview has been evenly edited for size and readability.
On the track that Voyager will carry out at Eurovision
Danny Estrin (Voyager): It is known as “Promise.” And the track, lyrically, is de facto all in regards to the chaos that we see on the earth in the present day, and it is getting increasingly more and extra chaotic. And that generally, you simply bought to seek out somebody or one thing to let you know, hey, you realize what? It will be all proper.
On uniting three Daniels Estrin
Danny Estrin (Voyager): Nicely, it has been a dream to unite all of the Daniels Estrin. So sure, I do, in fact. I imply, he is very well-known. And I hope that someday these three powers can mix, God is aware of what we will obtain.
Dan Estrin (Hoobastank): Hey, Daniel Estrins.
Danny Estrin (Voyager): That is phenomenal.
Daniel Estrin (NPR): Do both of you guys get mistaken for one another or mistaken for me?
Danny Estrin (Voyager): Yeah. I imply we get NPR in Australia and so the variety of occasions folks go, ‘oh, I did not notice you have been doing, like, radio as nicely, that is actually cool. And, proper, your accent has modified a bit although,’ so I get that lots. It is nice.
Dan Estrin (Hoobastank): I’ve been tagged on, I would say, Instagram, I have been tagged in photographs of you a lot, many, many occasions — even like throughout the final week or two — from Voyager. Like there’s been all of the followers of yours which have posted of their tales a photograph of you from, identical to, just lately, you realize, final week. After which there’s me tagged in it and I simply get a kick out of it.
On recommendation for Daniel Estrin of Voyager as he performs at Eurovision
Dan Estrin (Hoobastank): I feel that from what I’ve heard musically, it is actually catchy. It is a sick track. I have been listening to it lots … My solely recommendation is simply proceed. Proceed to do what you’re keen on, proceed to jot down music. And it sounds bitching. That track is de facto cool. When the band kicks in, like, the hair on my arms goes up a bit. I do not know man, I am digging it.
On what its meant to talk to 2 different guys named Daniel Estrin
Danny Estrin (Voyager): To me, it is immense how wondrous connections are between people and the way extremely carefully and inextricably linked all of us truly are … and, to pardon the motto of Eurovision this 12 months, which is United By Music, that is actually what we’re. I do know, once more, it isn’t very not very metallic to be all optimistic and lovey-dovey, however that is the message to me. And it is meant lots that this has occurred in the present day. It is simply weird and superior.
Dan Estrin (Hoobastank): I might have had simply assumed that Danny and the Voyager camp most likely have been identical to, “uch, Hoobastank.” That is simply sort of the place my head goes lots, you realize, like somebody’s clowning us or somebody thinks we’re idiots or we suck … we’re well-known for this ballad-y track. That is sort of how I felt initially. However then once I was reached out by Daniel, I used to be like, it is most likely not like that. He is most likely tremendous dope and funky and, you realize, let’s do that.
Danny Estrin (Voyager): I am sort of unhappy that you just thought this was a spoof. I love your work. I feel it is wonderful. It is without doubt one of the hardest issues on the earth to jot down a track that makes it so massive after which it is within the zeitgeist of actually each single individual. So kudos to you. Maintain doing what you are doing.
Chad Campbell produced the audio model of this interview.