Rene Cervantes was born October 20, 1977 in San Diego California and was raised in San Ysidro, Tijuana Baja California Mexico and San Diego. He was in high school when he began to pick up music. One of his teachers, Denis Mauricio, gave him the opportunity to play in the band, The Music Tech Ensemble, along with Vico Casanova and Frankie J. at Southwest High School. During this time, performances started to evolve as he began to play with The Franklin Jr band in San Diego, Los Rolled Mekas in Tijuana, and the Casa de Oracion worship band. Rene began picking up lessons for a second time with Robin Reed, teacher at Castle Park High. Later, Cervantes began to build his own style of playing using a diverse learning system. He met the Cima band in a new church and music school called CIMA vida Nueva, owned by his uncle, teacher and Pastor Agustin Cervantes Sr.
During Rene’s early 30’s he began to learn more about home recording. His recordings were based on friends playing loops so he could follow and fill in the blanks, which made it easier to start a new vision, composing and arranging drum parts for other bands. With the help of one of his best friends Mr. Jonathan Campos, Cervantes started building new patterns and styles. By this time Cervantes was also starting to teach beginners. Chuck King Music gave Cervantes the opportunity to give lessons at their school back in 1998 and Rene and Chuck are still great friends and associates in the music business. Charles King has been a big part of Rene’s musical growth and expansion into writing music.
Rene states that his musical influences were actually formed before he started playing the drums. 70’s funk and 80’s rock we’re fundamental in shaping Rene’s growth into a future drummer. One of his friends, Mr. Ricardo Arenas Jr, introduced him to the world of Dream Theater. Ricardo and Rene played together for some number of years in two and three piece bands where they developed their own very peculiar style of music. His musical influences include Marcos Witt, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Alvaro Lopez, Alex Gonzales and Mike Portnoy. A fusion of styles is what makes Cervantes the drummer he is today.
Besides endorsing Rich Sticks, Rene became an endorser of Soultone Cymbals in 2013 after meeting the staff and some of the artist at NAMM in 2012. He is also uses and recommends Allegra drums (Mastercraft), OFF-SET Pedals.