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Influences: Middle Eastern , East European
Genres: world, electronic, industrial
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About Konqistador

Originally categorized as progressive rock and later dubbed industrial-world music, Konqistador formed in 2005 out of Melbourne, Australia while originating members were on hiatus from other projects. The group is led by Canadian producers E. R. Graham and Reginald Tiessen accompanied by a collaborative collective of artists, producers and engineers spanning Detroit (USA), Melbourne (Australia), Istanbul (Turkey), Bucharest (Romania) and Windsor (Canada). Konqistador taps original found sounds from around the globe, bridging news worlds with old and collaborates with master and emerging musicians, forging an international 'no borders, no boundaries' creation and performance process.


Members of Konqistador, E. R. Graham and Reginald Tiessen are also the creators and producers of Amazan; a multi-arts production which explores Eastern influenced music through traditional instrumentation accelerated with electronica and highlighted by live performance, dance and digital imaging through projection.

History of Konqistador

Konqistador's debut release Courage Riot was followed by (5) consecutive, international tours and over 200 club and festival dates in Australia, North America, Europe and Central Asia. Festival highlights include; Barisa Rock Festival (Istanbul), Stufstock Festival (Bucharest), Popkomm (Berlin), NxNe Festival (Toronto), Canadian Music Week (Toronto) and CMJ Music Marathon (New York).

In 2007 Konqistador released Electriker and electriker infested in 2008, an EP remixed by Sydney, Australia's Infest8, followed by a (4) year hiatus from touring and performing live. During this time, Konqistador traveled extensively throughout Europe and later settled in Istanbul, Turkey to explore foreign instrumentation and recruit regional musicians for the recording of their next album.

In May of 2012, Konqistador released their sophomore album Suada. Fearless and unflinching, the multi-format recording collects a gathering of medieval and glowering tracks recorded in Melbourne, Detroit and later in Toronto, Bucharest, and Istanbul. Suada, Latin for persuasion, symbolizes the creators gravity towards the East exploring a range of musical and cultural influences while featuring a global collaboration of over twenty musicians, producers, and engineers. Challenged by the tyranny of distance between creators, lack of funding and Konqistador's waning desire to make sense of today's precarious music industry, Suada was destined to be an underwhelming collection of unfinished stories and incomplete tracks, never to see the light of day. Still, never one to surrender to the immanent or inevitable, Konqistador carried on and did what they do best, survive and grow. With tenacious laboring and a heart of urgency, Konqistador reunited in 2010 to re-create a fertile base of collaboration to re-plant the seeds that would finally see Suada come into full bloom.

©2012 KonqistadorProducer: R.Tiessen, J. PasniciucWritten by: KonqistadorCo-written by: H. Crosthwaite, J. Pasniciuc, V. Ghannam, D. AndruchowRecorded in: Melbourne, Detroit, Istanbul, Toronto, Windsor, Bucharest Mixed by: J. PasniciucEngineered by: H. Crosthwaite, O. UstundagAdditional Engineering by: J. Pasniciuc, Fayze, D. AndruchowMastered by: M. Marra at João Carvalho Mastering