In a far off glamosphere of glitter-soul, funk’n’roll, somewherebetween Al Stewart, David Bowie and Funkadelic, skates the dandy-disco-roller-rocker. He has the looks of Zappa, the suave ofGainsbourg, the feet of James Brown and dress, words and a way, allhis own. This is Conquistador: not your run of the mill dumpster diving retroist regurgitation. On this, the week of August 25, 2007, Conquistador offers a gift of their bounty ofroller-boogie-funk-rockology. Their E.P., Royal Fifth, will now be available in the United States, Europe, Asia and the South Pacificexclusively online at iTunes, Napster, E-music, Rhapsody, Myspace,Connect and Music.com, to name a few. A limited edition E.P. with livebonus tracks, video(s) and other goodies is scheduled for October 2007.Conquistador started when artist, designer and DJ, Alexander Antebi got together with Brian Kehew, author of “Recording The Beatles”, keyboard player for The Who, half of the Moog Cookbook and producerof Fiona Apple’s 2005 record Extraordinary Machine. The band gottogether and started experimenting with everything from Earth, Windand Fire’s old tape machine and Larry Graham’s (Sly and the Family Stone) custom bass amp to Mellotrons, Chamberlins and famously customized analogue synthesizers. Their collaboration evolved with the help of members of Kinky, Vhs Or Beta, Banda, Uniao Black and Nefertiti. In fact, you may recognize Alexander’s voice and dance moves from Latin-super-group Kinky’s 2007 “Sister Twisted” single or “Reina” tour. The group recently recorded a new version of “Little Boxes,” the theme song for the acclaimed Showtime Original Series “Weeds”. Their version is expected to air this season on one of the new season’s episodes.
Never one to shy away from a special, if not odd, honor for his personal style, Antebi accepted an exclusive invitation be one of fifty members of Beard Team USA to compete in the 2007 World Beard and Mustache Championships in Brighton, England. Representing the U.S. in the “Imperial Moustache” (that’s the handle bar moustache inlayman’s terms), Antebi is one of the youngest competitors in this globally covered event. In an effort to welcome Beard Team USA to England, the City of London scheduled the Notting Hill Carnival, one of Europe’s largest outdoor carnivals, to coincide with their arrival. The Early Show on CBS has sent a camera crew to the Beard Team USA pep rally in Trafalgar Square and will be accompanying them on Saturday, Sept. 1 for the championships in Brighton, England. Staying true to form, Antebi has decided to go all out and will be wearing a couture outfit specially designed for this event from his “Alexander Antoinette” luxury clothing and apparel line with partner Ashley Hester. Antebi best describes it as “Southern Civil War Vermeer meets Rajestani Rock N Roll Eleganza” After the championships, Antebi will be making select DJ appearances in Sweden, Denmark and the U.K. Dates (dates below). Conquistador will also be collaborating on a single of epic proportions with members of Swedish band The Ark, winners of the 2007 Eurovison Song Contest, the global olympics of popular music. These glitter juggernauts will be recording in Malmo, Sweden, home town of The Ark and The Cardigans. Conquistador will then return to NYC to begin recording their full-length debut.
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“Candy-land-strip-mall-jet-set-executive-super-soul-seventies.” -Time Out New York
“Southern-Civil-War-Glam-Rock-Conquistador” – Arkitip Magazine
“Alexander’s vocal stylings and lyrical limericks are tongue and cheek with a lot of tongue.” – Amy Verner, Globe And Mail/Black Book