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Connan Tant Hosford, better known by the stage name Connan Mockasin, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, hailing from. After having spent over 10 years living between,, and, Hosford now resides in.


Early Career (New Zealand) (1995-2007)[edit]

Born and raised in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, Hosford started his first band "The Four Skins" (named by his father, Ade "because there are four skins on the drums") while attending Havelock North intermediate school in 1995. Soon after this, due to embarrassment, Connan called an end to The Four Skins, and wouldn't start another band until several years later.

In 2003, after moving to, Hosford briefly played in a band called "Grampa Moff" (later to become a track title on "Please Turn Me Into The Snat"), consisting of Blake Pryor () and Christopher Chalmers (), before forming his principle New Zealand group "Connan And The Mockasins" (named after Connan's interest in making his own shoes). Playing alongside Connan were Ross Walker (upright ) and Seamus Ebbs (). It was with this band that Connan would relocate to in May 2006 after releasing their second "Uuu It's Teasy". After a series of concerts in London, the band visited New Zealand again for a national 2006/2007 Summer tour.

In 2007, the band moved from London to a village in in the south east of England. Ross Walker was replaced by James Milne, of and Reduction Agents fame, on bass guitar. The band then played the in. Towards the end of 2007 Ebbs left the band to pursue his career, shortly before Hosford returned to New Zealand for a national tour in 2008 – adopting his new "Connan Mockasin".

Solo career beginnings (2008-2010)[]

Hosford made his first solo recording with noted English DJ 's Brighton Port Authority project in 2008. The song "Jumps the Fence" was included on the album.

In August 2009, formed a new band called BARB for a small New Zealand tour consisting of Connan Hosford, (James Milne), Eliza Jane Barnes, Seamus Ebbs, Jol Mulholland and Wild Bill Rickets. Their album (recorded at in Auckland, New Zealand) was released in August 2010.

In the early stages of his solo career, Mockasin played gigs supporting,,,, and.

Forever Dolphin Love (2010-2012)[]

Connan Mockasin released his first album "Please Turn Me into the Snat" in 2010 on Phantasy Sound, 's record label, and in 2011 on. The album reached No. 39 on the New Zealand album charts, and received glowing reviews from critics including NME and Drowned in Sound. It was also shortlisted for the 2011.

On 28 March 2011 the album was re-released as "Forever Dolphin Love" with a live bonus disc on Phantasy and Because Music. Mockasin has received favourable reviews for his unusual sound and musical style.

It was at this stage Hosford put together an incarnation of the existing Connan Mockasin live band: (), (), () and ().

Caramel (2013)[]

Mockasin at the Festival in 2013

Mockasin and band toured with as her live band after Mockasin composed the song 'Out Of Touch' for her 2011 album.

Connan Mockasin toured with in Australia and New Zealand throughout November 2012, playing sold-out shows in Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Mockasin announced the release of his second album,, in September 2013. It was released on 4 November via Phantasy Sound/Because Music in the UK and 5 November via in the US. The artist describes the new record as a concept playing off his last LP: "It starts with the dolphin leaving, and the boss who is so in with love with the dolphin is sad, and then it kicks into the new album, and he is happier. But there’s a car race and a crash."

Jassbusters (2018)[]

On August 15th 2018, new music and tour dates appeared on Connan Mockasin's social media web-pages. "Con Conn Was Impatient" would mark the first release from upcoming album "Jassbusters". The music video for which is made up of footage taken from "Bostyn 'n Dobsyn", the five-part film which will accompany "Jassbusters". "Bostyn 'n Dobsyn" took an alleged 20 years to develop, and reached its current form after a 10-day shoot in Los Angeles, California in July 2016. Its sister-album "Jassbusters" was recorded in one week at Studio Ferber, Paris in August 2016, with Mockasin's touring band (Nick Harsant, Matthew Eccles, Rory McCarthy), who also feature in "Bostyn n' Dobsyn" as Mr. Bostyn's band of music teachers.


After hinting at such a collaboration since 2010, Mockasin's album with Sam Dust (Sam Eastgate of ) "Soft Hair" surfaced in October 2016. When asked why it took so long to release, Connan replied simply, "We had a falling out".

In 2015, Mockasin and British artist released the extended play Myths 001: Collaborative Recordings Captured in Marfa, TX March 9–16, 2015 through Mexican Summer, as part of their "Marfa Myths" series.

After having toured the United States extensively with Australian support act, Mockasin appeared on his November 2015 release "The Teacher", released on French record label Record Makers.

Connan briefly curated concerts under the title "Mockasin's Wet Dream", the first of which took place in London's Moth Club, in collaboration with based online music-library Tasty Morsels. The night featured performances by (who had recently announced Mockasin's involvement on his album 'The Colour In Anything'),, Mockasin's father, Ade, and Infinite Bisous (Rory McCarthy of the Connan Mockasin touring band). The second Wet Dream would take place at Texan festival Myths, organised by American label, and would include appearances by and.

Rejoining BARB bandmates and, Connan has occasionally played concerts in New Zealand under "Mockasin Arabia Finn", including a show at Crystal Palace, Auckland, in which the band was accompanied by.

Along with and, Connan contributed to 's third album, '', playing bass on "Noise Above Our Heads", James has cited Connan as an inspiration, adding "Me actually dancing or moving around onstage, nobody should ever see. But having him around always makes me feel like I could do anything." Connan joined James on stage periodically throughout a tour promoting his new record, singing harmonies.

Mockasin featured on the latest album "Little Dark Age" and can be seen in the music video of the same name.


Since around 2005, while with 'Connan and the Mockasins', Hosford has played his reshaped, a sky blue 90s Mexican-made model which he hand-sawed (as he would later re-enact with a new Stratocaster on stage in at the National Sawdust). Along with his second reshaped Stratocaster, Connan has also recently been playing a black., as seen in the video for Connan's version of the song "Defeatist Anthem".


With Connan and the Mockasins

  • Naughty Holidays (2004)
  • Uuu It's Teasy (2006)
  • Sneaky Sneaky Dogfriend (2006) (, )


  • Barb (2010)
  • "Havin' A Baby


  • Myths 001: Collaborative Recordings Captured in Marfa

With Soft Hair

Soft Hair (2016)

As Connan Mockasin


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