Connan Mockasin was born with a tooth as Connan Tant Hosford in Te
Awanga, New Zealand, after the war. At a young age, Mockasin discovered
Jimi Hendrix's 'Band of Gypsies' in his parents’ record collection and,
awestruck, he proceeded to learn to play the whole album on guitar, note for
note. By ten years old, Mockasin started his first band named 'The Four
Skins,' "because there were four of us in the band and four skins on the
drummers kit", he recalls.
Mockasin moved to England in his early 20s to pursue a career in music.
Disheartened by the music industry for "not telling the truth," Mockasin
decided to give up on music. However his mother encouraged him to make a
record for himself, which would become his debut solo album, 'Forever
Dolphin Love'. Shortly after, Mockasin wrote and recorded with Sam Dust of
Late Of The Pier to make the album 'Soft Hair' which wouldn't be released for
another eight years.
In 2012, Mockasin wrote and toured with Charlotte Gainsbourg before touring
with Radiohead later that same year. In 2013, he wrote and produced his
second solo album 'Caramel,' in a hotel in Tokyo. Connan has since worked
with artists James Blake, Neil and Liam Finn, Vince Staples, Dev Hynes, Mac
DeMarco and Andrew VanWyngarden.
Mockasin currently resides in Los Angeles with Japan's first Playboy
Playmate Hiromi Oshima, where he’s in the process of finishing a five-part
dramatic series called 'Bostyn 'n Dobsyn' to accompany the release of his
third solo album.