Rolf Conant, an illegal alien from Berlin, is one of John Flansburgh's alter egos. "Conant" was taken from his middle name, and "Rolf" was chosen because it sounded like a "nice German name". As a home recording enthusiast, Mr. Conant allegedly formed the Hello The Band project with Joshua Fried and contributed lead vocals and guitars on the band's eponymous EP.
Aside from Hello the Band, Conant has been involved with some art direction for TMBG, including the Miscellaneous T and Apollo 18 album artwork. Conant appeared in a pre-TMBG art-review parody magazine made by Flansburgh and Bill Krauss. Conant is also given "fake drum" credits on the band Spondee's Hello EP, drum programming credit on the demo version of "What Bothers The Spaceman?" from the John Flansburgh's Mono Puff Hello EP, and photography credits on Mono Puff's Unsupervised and the The Devil Went Down To Newport EP. In the 2000s, Rolf made appearances in the liner notes for Indestructible Object, The Spine, The Spine Surfs Alone, and in the Here Come The ABCs DVD.
In a 2008 newsletter, John Flansburgh himself has claimed credit for the Miscellaneous T artwork. Could this be a signal of Mr. Conant's untimely death? Or, could this be a scheme of Flansburgh's to finally cannibalize the efforts and achievements of his creative arch-rival? Despite this hint at John's jealous and perhaps murderous tendencies, Conant reappeared after a decade in 2015, this time taking a try in directing like he did for the Dial-A-Song (2015) track, "Black Ops (Alt. Version)".