We tried to arrange an interview with Connan Mockasin in advance of his upcoming Vancouver show. This began with us reaching out to his ostensible publicist and ended with assurances that an interview would indeed happen. It never did, and we can only assume that’s because the New Zealand–born, U.K.-based musician was otherwise occupied.
Perhaps he was cavorting with ducks at his neighbourhood pond, attempting to learn their language. Or maybe he was preparing for a hot date by enrobing his body in liquid caramel. Or dressing up like a clown and standing, statuelike, on street corners. If you’ve heard Mockasin’s lo-fi psychedelic soul music or watched any of his mind-fuck videos, you’ll realize that these are perfectly reasonable guesses as to how the man fills his idle hours.
In addition to being a talented songwriter and a prodigiously gifted guitarist, Mockasin also happens to be a Grade-A weirdo, which makes his performance at Electric Owl on Monday (May 12) a must for freak-spotters.