Connan Hosford, better known by the stage name Connan Mockasin, has been described by The Guardian as a “psych-funk oddity” and his music as a convergence of jazz, blues, funk and psychedelic.
He grew up in the coastal village of Te Awanga in Hawkes Bay, where he showed his musical talent early. In Wellington in 2003, he formed Connan and the Mockasins, establishing a following in New Zealand before moving to London in 2006.
In 2008, he formed a solo career under the new name Connan Mockasin, releasing his first album in 2010: ‘Forever Dolphin Love’, which was shortlisted for the Taite Music Prize. His second album, ‘Caramel’, was recorded in a Tokyo hotel room and released in 2013. Tracks from these albums are sprinkled through The Rehearsal, as are newly-composed tracks written for the film.
He composed the Charlotte Gainsbourg track ‘Out of Touch’ and has collaborated with her on other songs. He supported Radiohead on their Australasian tour in 2012. He is known for highly creative, artistic music videos, which rate highly on YouTube.
The score for The Rehearsal is his first for a film.