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The story of Captain Earwax

The story of Captain Earwax began when a young Daniel O’Toole wanted to be a captain just like his old man, and be in charge of a flight deck filled with buttons and flashing lights, taking voyages around the world. It turns out Dan was not cut out for the pilot gig, however his music studio has become somewhat of a spaceship, traversing galaxies on a voyage of sonic exploration, uncovering life forms and textures in the skies beyond.


Captain Earwax is the musical moniker of Australian multi-disciplinary artist Daniel O’Toole, widely known in Sydney and surrounding areas as EARS. Over the last decade, EARS has worked tirelessly as a street artist, curator, gallery operator, and esteemed painter who is frequently commissioned for murals, most notably recognised for his loose figurative portraits that adorn the walls of Newtown and the Inner West.


 As a musician, Captain Earwax has released 2 full-length albums, Red Silhouettes(2012) and Porcelain Giants (2014), plus EPs Floating Tokyo and Blue Temple, and multiple projects as Flight Recorder, a collaboration with fellow Sydney artist and audio engineer Jack Prest. In the early stages of his music career, Dan was the instigator behind Sydney’s renowned Free The Beats compilation series and event, which showcases Australia’s underground beatmakers and electronic music producers. Free The Beats has been operating since 2009, and continues in 2017 with recent parties taking place at Cake Wines in Redfern. 


His latest project is Delicate Empires, an LP being released on vinyl and digitally in August 2017 through Australian-based label Fifty Records. The album sees Captain Earwax blend his passion for nature and earthly sounds with playful and emotive melodies, intricate percussion and crunchy textures.