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The best kept secret in music




This Latin-Pop-High Energy- Salsa Band deserves a "Gold Star" for all of their hard work and achievements after their performances on TV Talent Hour. They have gone on to add a sixth member to their band and have recorded and just released (Feb. 2004) their first CD entitled "Yo Sin Ti" that can be purchased on this website. Also, Greg Conchola, the manager, vocalist, and musician for Diamante' has started his own recording facility in Kansas City, Kansas called "Digitex Studio's". Anyone interested in a 32 track mastered CD demo or album should contact Greg. He is a very talented artist and entrepreneur and continues his interest in the music business. Congrat's ! ! !

- TV Talent Hour

"Topeka Kansas 71st Annual Fiesta Mexicana"

Thu Jul 15 14:29:25 2004
TJ'er KOOL RAY posted:
Okay, I am back-KoolRay- now for last night's(July 14th)review of Topeka,Kansas 71st Fiesta Mexicana-we started off with a local group from Kansas City called Diamante-they started off the night with their brand of Tejano music and were very good-
Greg Conchola a veteran in the music business here in the area proved we old guys still have it
and the group played in a much cooler night (not like the night before-humidity made 94 degrees feel like a 110 degrees).
The guitar player is his son and his Santana leads on Europa-Corazon Espinado-still are in the air-a gifted guitarist. - Tejano Journal

"Diamante is Forever"

When Greg Conchola talks about how he found the crucial songwriting partner that would crystallize his band, Diamante, he's essentially telling a funny story about how he met his girlfriend. But there's something else going on here, something at the heart of what he's all about. It was three years ago at the Shawnee Park Cinco de Mayo festival. Conchola, sitting in on bass with the local Tejano band Las Estrellas, couldn't help but notice this woman hanging around "all day long" by the stage.
Conchola remembers, "I just thought she was visiting the soundman. And then one of the soundmen mentioned to me, 'Damn, if I could only find a way to get this girl on stage, I'd probably score some points!' I said, 'What do you mean? I thought that was your girlfriend.' He said, 'Nah, she wants to get up and sing but nobody will let her.'" Conchola laughs at the memory. He'd heard his cue.

"I asked her, 'Do you have some songs you want to sing?' And she says, 'Yeah, I want to sing a couple of songs.' So I went to one of the organizers and asked if we could get this girl up to sing. And she said, 'No, no, the schedule's full.' I begged and pleaded."

At this, he pauses and chuckles again. "All these guys, when they first started, they begged and begged to get a break. That's how each one got here, and that's why you're getting the free music here today, because they appreciate what everybody did for them. They have a fanbase. They are popular. They have recordings out. This is just somebody starting the same way. Just let her have a break. You never know."

Conchola was glad he played the hunch because, despite the fact that this woman had never been on a stage before, she had an appealing presence and her voice interested him; it was different. Conchola would soon learn why: "her influences," he explains. "One is a legend of Mexico, Rocio Durcal. She's a romantic singer. And also the opera. It's a weird little twist, but it works." This happy discovery's name was Claudia Inclan, from Mexico City, and Conchola and Inclan recognized a niche that they could fill together."We just wanted to give something different," he says. "We noticed that all of the Latin bands around here were pretty easily categorized. They were either Tejano, or they were Nortena, or they were salsa, and that's it. And a lot of people that live here now are from the cities, like Mexico City, and from other countries: Venezuela, Columbia, El Salvador. More and more from Spain. And they don't really listen to that kind of music. They listen to a Latin pop. It's pop music with a Latin flavor, and there aren't any of those bands here.

"Diamante plays a style that we wanted to create -- American and European pop influences coupled with traditional influences of South America such as Peru, Columbia and Venezuela," Conchola continues. "We have Tex-Mex style, jazz, blues, rock and roll and a little bit of salsa all mixed in. We like to refer to it as shaken, not stirred."

Diamante's musicians bring a mix of influences well suited to the band's eclectic pop mission. Bass player Manuel Marin is from Torreon, Mexico, and he plays his region's norteno music with a touch of his own personal jazz enthusiasms. Drummer Anthony Perez Jr. brings an R&B feel to the group. Conchola's oldest son, Miguel, plays guitar with an expert blend of Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn -- "with a little bit of Eddie Van Halen thrown in," the proud father adds. "Miguel plays just like his fingers are moving on air."

Greg Conchola has his own rich, seasoned history. "I started playing guitar at about eight years old," he recalls. "My grandfather was a musician. He played guitar and harmonica, and that's actually where I learned the Mexican music. Before that, I'd always heard my mom and dad listen to it, but it didn't really appeal to me until I actually saw my grandfather playing it with the heart and soul he put into it. He wasn't a fantastic musician, but what he played, he played with feeling."

Conchola's first band, the Unknowns, played exactly one show of rock standards such as "Wipe Out" and "Satisfaction" before folding. At the age of twelve, he joined the Tex-Mex band the Vasquez Brothers and played in a series of such acts, including Junior Lopez and Los Reyes, throughout the 1970s. In the '80s, he started his own record label, Emcee Records, while working at Chapman Recording Studio, where he was also learning the ropes as an engineer and producer. He put out several 45s and an album with his successful dance-oriented act the Brown Lightning Band during those years.

After taking a sabbatical to raise his family in the 1990s (Conchola is a single father of five), he emerged a little more than two years ago with a record-label sampler, The Best of Kansas City's Latino Artists, Volume 1. At this point, he re-entered the music scene full force, with a new recording studio in his home (which he has steadily built into an impressive facility) and a fresh vision for what contribution he wanted to make.

"I started the label because there's a lot of talented people here in Kansas City who go unnoticed because they don't know how to go about getting exposure," Conchola says. "I would like to see a whole lot more musicians out in the mainstream than there are today. There are just so many great songs and so much great music that people are creating, but they are not known. If people could see Kansas City as I see it, they would see all that talent that's right next door."

Diamante itself is just such a surprise. Conchola's and Inclan's voices soulfully play off each other over rich, remarkably varied arrangements. The result is like nothing else you'll hear around here, or perhaps anywhere -- an exciting, American take on both Latin and European sounds. Shaken, not stirred.

pitch.com | originally published: April 18, 2002
- The Pitch


Yo Sin Ti- 2004
Es Un Diamante Tu Corazon- 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


Diamante is most frequently described as high energy Latino and has adopted the description into our promotional efforts. We are categorized as a Latin band but cannot be categorized into any one Latin genre. Diamante writes and performs original songs and we perform some cover songs upon request. We were nominated for best band outside the state of Texas at the 2004 Tejano Academy Music Awards in San Antonio, Texas. Although we do perform some original and cover Tejano songs, we cannot be categorized as strictly a Tejano band. Some of the genres we include in our repertoire are salsa, cumbia, reggae, reggaeton, Tejano, Latin pop, Latin rock, blues and many others. This is what keeps our audiences coming back for more. They love the variety. Our fans tell us we don't sound like anyone else but if they had to pick someone the closest style would be that of Carlos Santana.