At the age of five years old, René started learning basic rudiments in grade school.
For the next few years René spent a lot of time practicing until he was nine years old, when he received his first jazz drum kit.
At that time René started listening and learning to play whatever music was popular at the time, most of which was whatever his uncles where doing.
René was very fortunate to be raised in a great musical family, and growing up with his cousins. It also allowed him to be influenced by some of the greatest music of that time and also having experienced first hand some of the bands and musicians to come through the Bay Area.
René was lucky enough to see allot of acts perform up close on the same stages he would later perform on him self. Such venues where the "Greek Theater Berkeley Ca.", The "Fillmore Theater SF. Ca.", "Yoshis Jazz Club Oakland Ca.", "The Stone SF. Ca." to name just a few.
As a self taught musician René spent his younger years listing and learning as many styles of music as possible. Having been born into what would soon be a family full of great drummers and percussionist, René new at a very early age that drumming was in his blood and the overwhelming need to play drums was cursing through his veins.
Growing up as a drummer in the post "Billy", "Tony", Buddy", "Steve", "Peter", "Vinnie" landscape of fusion and jazz, its easy to think that everything has already been done. What could possibly top the acid jazz and progressive fusion explosion.
For the Oaktown bread drummer, the answer is his approach based on melodic timbre, basic grooves, emotional and powerful performances.
For the next several years René did allot of wood shedding, self learning the best ways of playing some of the hardest songs, by some of the best drummers around at the time.
He continued to work on developing the skills needed for playing more of a melodic style with a direct approach to using basic fundamentals towards any and all genres of music.
For quite some time now René has been playing much more aggressive styles of music and started exploring drums as a instrument of space dynamics and intensity.
He then grew from being a stylistic drummer, to becoming a drummer that learned how too express his musical thoughts effectively.
RENE HAS EXCLUSIVE ENDORSEMENTS FROM:
SHINE CUSTOM DRUMS, TREXIST CYMBALS USA, TYCOON PERCUSSION AND THE KICK PORT.
HE ALSO USES:
DW DRUM PEDALS, GIBRALTAR HARDWARE, AND THE WING KEY.