iOTA (entertainer)

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Birth name Sean Hape
Born 1968/1969 (age 45–46)[1]
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Black Yak Records

Sean Hape (born 1968 or 1969) ,[2] better known as iOTA, is an ARIA-nominated Australian musician [3][full citation needed] and a Helpmann Award winning actor.[4][full citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

iOTA has stated that his parents met in New Zealand;[5] his father is Māori and his mother English.[6] He grew up in Pinjarra, Western Australia,[2][6] where his father worked at an aluminium smelter.[7]

At high school, iOTA took drama and music as electives, so he could "slack off for two hours";[2] he formed his first band, which was short-lived, at the age of 16.[2]

iOTA moved out of home at age 17, into a caravan and lived for several years on the dole, while playing with a hard rock band called Loose Goose.[2] He worked as a mechanic's apprentice before his career as an entertainer took off.[5][6]

Loose Goose moved to Sydney,[7] when iOTA was 23.[2][6]

iOTA changed his name by deed poll when he was 26. iOTA has cited three reasons for this: wanting to begin a new identity as an entertainer, being openly gay, and being a recovering alcoholic.[2]


iOTA's first album The Hip Bone Connection was released in 1999. Following the release of the album, iOTA was labelled as an acoustic/blues/roots musician,[8][full citation needed] a label he does not like. His second, Big Grandfather, was considered less accessible, more atmospheric and was not as successful as his first. His third, La Caravana, "is about the nomadic life of a musician".[1] His fourth and most recent is Beauty Queen of the Sea and uses a full electric band, moving towards rock and away from his previous roots label.[8]


As an actor iOTA has performed on stage as an angel in Sydney Dance Company's Berlin, as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His acting has won him a Helpmann Award as the Best Male Actor in a Musical, beating Hugh Jackman.[9][full citation needed] [10][full citation needed]

He has been cast in George Miller's upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road (the fourth in the Mad Max series).[11][full citation needed][12] He has said he learned to act by necessity: "In the country, poofters are there to be bashed, or ridiculed. So I put on a mask, and became tough and rowdy: the long hair, the slouching, the spitting, lots of drinking piss."[13][full citation needed]



  • The Hip Bone Connection (1999)
  • Big Grandfather (2001)
  • One of Life's Simple Pleasures (Live) (2002)
  • La Caravana (2003)
  • Beauty Queen of the Sea (2006)

Singles / EPs[edit]

  • "Iota" (EP) (1998)
  • "Little Carlos" (EP) (2000)
  • "Struttin' Rock Rooster" (2001)
  • "Million Miles" (2001)
  • "Wooden Skeletons" (2002)
  • "Scars" (2002)
  • "Pockets" (2002)
  • "Pigs" (2003)
  • "I Want It Again" (2004)
  • "Handle on It" (2006)
  • "Come Back For Me" (2006)


  1. ^ a b Moses, Alexa (29 August 2003). "One iOTA". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Rabbit redux". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Aria Awards, Iota's award history
  4. ^ ABC-TV, Sunday Arts Iota
  5. ^ a b Valerie Lawson, 2007, '"Wear more make-up"', Sydney Morning Herald (October 6). (Access date: 5 April 2013.)
  6. ^ a b c d Annika Priest, 2008, "Frocker even more a shocker", Melbourne Leader (9 September) (access 2 April 2013).
  7. ^ a b Andrew Taylor, 2007, "Given An Inch, Debutant Takes A Yard", Sun Herald (28 January). Archived by: (Access date: 5 April 2013.)
  8. ^ a b Rave magazine Iota
  9. ^ Courier Mail Iota looks beyond Berlin.
  10. ^ "Star iOTA on a Rocky road". The Daily Telegraph. 16 August 2007. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ ""Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Full Cast & Crew"". Internet Movie Database. Amazon. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  13. ^