A number of years again, an electronic mail in my inbox despatched to not fairly the best tackle led me to an attractive and weird discovery: there’s a steel rocker in Australia who shares my identify 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 the town was internet hosting the Eurovision Track 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 steel band Voyager is representing Australia on the Eurovision stage. For the primary time, followers all over the world can vote for his or her favourite music.
This referred to 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 Motive, which is now making a comeback on the Netflix collection 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 abilities singing the opening lyrics of Voyager’s Eurovision entry, Promise.
This interview has been flippantly edited for size and readability.
On the music that Voyager will carry out at Eurovision
Danny Estrin (Voyager): It is referred to as “Promise.” And the music, lyrically, is de facto all concerning the chaos that we see on the planet as we speak, and it is getting increasingly and extra chaotic. And that typically, you simply acquired to seek out somebody or one thing to inform you, hey, what? It’ll be all proper.
On uniting three Daniels Estrin
Danny Estrin (Voyager): Properly, it has been a dream to unite all of the Daniels Estrin. So sure, I do, after all. I imply, he is very well-known. And I hope that at some point 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 understand you have been doing, like, radio as properly, 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 might say, Instagram, I have been tagged in images 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, similar to, just lately, , 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 music. I have been listening to it lots … My solely recommendation is simply proceed. Proceed to do what you like, proceed to put in writing music. And it sounds bitching. That music 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 is not very not very steel to be all optimistic and lovey-dovey, however that is the message to me. And it is meant lots that this has occurred as we speak. 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 similar to, “uch, Hoobastank.” That is simply form of the place my head goes lots, , like somebody’s clowning us or somebody thinks we’re idiots or we suck … we’re well-known for this ballad-y music. That is form 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, , let’s do that.
Danny Estrin (Voyager): I am form of unhappy that you just thought this was a spoof. I like your work. I feel it is wonderful. It is without doubt one of the hardest issues on the planet to put in writing a music that makes it so huge after which it is within the zeitgeist of actually each single particular person. So kudos to you. Preserve doing what you are doing.
Chad Campbell produced the audio model of this interview.