Australian rap hero 360 and former Silverchair frontman-cum-Aus-rock icon Daniel Johns have shared details of their long-promised collaboration, the “unflinchingly honest” Impossible. The first taste of 360’s upcoming third LP, Utopia, the pair have shared a trailer for the bass-heavy track.
Impossible is one of two Johns collaborations set for Utopia, which also features contributions from The Living End frontman Chris Cheney, as well as new work with with producers Lifted and Styalz Fuego. It also marks the christening of 360’s new imprint, Forthwrite, with with rap sidekick Pez.
“This began as a songwriting experiment for [360’s] record”, explains the prolific and eclectic Johns. “Neither of us ever expected I’d end up singing on the song too but we both really liked the demo so eventually we thought – ‘why not’? Hip hop is obviously more Matt’s world than mine but we had a lot more in common than one would expect so it was a really interesting collaboration.”
“When we made [Impossible] I was at the peak of my loose partying days,” says 360. “I rocked up to the studio and I hadn’t slept for three days. I was disgusting and gross. I slept in the studio for a few hours and then we made the song. I was an absolute mess. So I decided to write about that.”
Meanwhile the dark, intricate, and epic video — a trailer for which readers can check out below — was directed by filmmaker Patrick Fileti in Sydney and marks the famously video-phobic Johns’ first time in front of a camera since Silverchair’s last video was produced six years ago.
“Coming back after three years, I know Impossible is not the most poppy song,” says 360. “I know it’s quite confronting. It’s really glitchy and dirty. I didn’t want to do a typical dubstep song, I wanted something nasty.” Impossible is slated for release on Friday, 17th January through EMI/Forthwrite.
Watch: 360 Feat. Daniel Johns – Impossible Official Trailer #1