Discovered by Erol Alkan, Connan Mockasin is the quirky Kiwi who writes and produces bizarre, psychedelic space-jazz-pop, designed to like, totally warp your mind, man.
Creating kaleidoscopes of rainbow-flavoured synths Connan Mockasin’s music has been labelled by mentor, mate and DJ legend Erol Alkan as ‘demented disco’. Cascading delicately into your eardrums, the signature sound of this abstract artist’s music drizzles phonetically like a rain shower of relaxing atmospheric riddims. Mildly melancholic, delivering subconscious messages which encourage audiences to feel as opposed to think, Connan would like to teach the world to sing and furnish it with love. Instead though he settles for dispersing his beautiful melodies into our peripheries. Describing his work as “lizardy, alieny, Star-Warsy bar music”, Connan is making his mark in the music world with his distinct techniques, producing The Avalanches’ forthcoming album, as well as working on a secret independent music project set for release later this year with his brother from another mother, Sam Dust a.k.a Late Of The Pier.
A perfectionist in all areas of his work, this blonde-haired, blue-eyed lanky lad likes to put his stamp on every aspect of what he does, recently co-creating all of the costumes and set designs for his brand-spanking new music video ‘Forever Dolphin Love.’ Humble, adorable, talented and cheeky, Connan is a real inspirational character. i-D Online went to Mr Mockasin to see what he could do about immortalising a wink with his arts and crafts.
Catch Connan at the Music Sessions leg of the 2011 Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, 29th April- 2nd May at Villa Noailles.