Outside of his own solo work he has performed and recorded alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg, Wild Bill Ricketts, The BPA and BARB. He has also remixed for The Horrors and Das Pop.
Mockasin got his start as a musician in primary school and in intermediate he began playing guitar and singing in bands. After finishing high school, Mockasin relocated to Wellington where he formed the band Grampa Moff, which quickly became three-piece blues/pop/rock trio Connan and the Mockasins. In Connan and the Mockasins he played alongside Ross Walker (upright acoustic bass) and Seamus Ebbs (drums).
In 2004 Connan and the Mockasins released their first EP Naughty Holidays, following this up in 2006 with the Sneaky Sneaky Dog Friend EP and the Uuu It's Teasy EP.
In 2006 the band also relocated to London, returning to New Zealand that summer for a series of shows. In 2007 James Milne replaced Walker on bass guitar. Later that year Ebbs also left the band to pursue his own career and Hosford went solo under the recording and stage name Connan Mockasin. Solo, Hosford has been joined on stage by the likes of Will Ricketts (of The Phoenix Foundation) and Samuel Dust (of Late of The Pier).
Since then Hosford has extensively toured Europe, America, New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia solo, with support from backing musicians. While touring he has played alongside Pete & The Pirates, The Veils, Crowded House, Micachu and The Shapes, Late Of The Pier, Radiohead, Mystery Jets, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Warpaint amongst other acts.
In 2009 Hosford recorded 'Jumps The Fence' with The BPA (Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim) for his album I Think We're Going To Need A Bigger Boat.
In 2010 Hosford released his solo album Please Turn Me Into The Snat on Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound record label. In 2011 it was re-released under the title Forever Dolphin Love in collaboration between Phantasy Sound and Because Music. This version included a live album as well. Songs from Forever Dolphin Love have been remixed by Erol Alkan, Michael Mayer and Tom Fuse.
Please Turn Me Into The Snat reached No.39 on the New Zealand album charts in 2010. It was also well received overseas by NME and Drowned in Sound. In 2011 it was shortlisted for the Taite Music Prize in New Zealand.
In 2011 Hosford also wrote and recorded with Charlotte Gainsbourg for her album Stage Whisper.
Hosford has also had his music featured on and composed soundtracks for various short films including Candy and Six Dollar Fifty Man.
Over the years he has recorded several live sessions for BBC Radio 6 in the UK.
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Hosford may or may not have played and recorded his own Michael Jackson covers at age five.
He spent a stint working in vineyards and acting in theatre in Hawke's Bay before relocating to Wellington.
When he was a small child, his parents let him build his own carnival rides in the backyard.
Contrary to popular belief, Hosford is not a classically or jazz-trained musician, and no, he did not attend jazz school in Wellington.