Band Name: Connan Mockasin
From: New Zealand
Background: Creativity has always been Connan’s engine. Growing up in rural Hawkes Bay, NZ, he was already playing guitar in a blues band by the age of ten while pursuing overlapping interests in art and invention. Connan is a classically trained jazz musician.
Since relocating to the UK from his native New Zealand over three years ago, he has charmed audiences everywhere; from Hyde Park (where he played alongside the White Stripes) and Green Man Festival (Robert Plant, Joanna Newsom) to London’s legendary Durr club, where he remains the only artist to have been invited back three times
Present/Future: Connan utilizes his classical training whilst manipulating his home-styled instruments to create new sounds, for example in the forthcoming single “Forever Dolphin Love” he recreates the sound of paddling in the shallows with a dolphin. The single due out later this year will feature a remix by The Invisible and also a cover of the track by Micachu.
Additionally, Connan has also been recording with Lawrence Arabia and Liam Finn – the trio spent a month recording an album last year & touring round New Zealand together – entitled the BARB project, the album will be released this year.
RIYD: Micachu, Get Back Guinozzi, Ween, Air