Cathedral City’s Revol Concept has found a way to successfully pull off a reggae, hip hop and jam band fusion. Brothers Elvis and Daniel Cedeno, along with long-time friends Israel Acosta and Omar Medrano, never imagined they would be heating up the southern California music scene when they picked up instruments in their early teens.
Now, four years after their original garage jam session, the band’s four members have mastered their musical craft and know exactly where they want to go.
Did you guys grow up with music?
Yeah, definitely. Our dad was in a band around here in the valley. In the 70s they played the local circuit and were actually featured in a few magazines. They released a tape in the 80’s.
How would you describe your sound?
Heart and feeling. Basically we just do what we feel but I think we’re all eclectic with our sound. The drums are unique and we all have our own influences. We love reggae, rock and hip hop.
What is it about reggae music intrigues you?
I remember when I was younger, and the first time I heard it I was entranced. Reggae is so soulful and spiritual. It’s music for the people. Anyone can listen to it and understand it.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Sly Robbie, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Credence Clearwater Revival, Chicago, Eric Clapton—anything that has feeling and soul.
What are your thoughts about the desert music scene?
Love it. I think we know everybody who’s been playing for awhile. We either know of them or have played with them. You know everybody’s styles and you know who to call on for what. This valley is like a melting pot. There’s all this music and it’s waiting to explode. It’s a ticking time bomb. Nobody knows who’s going to make it but somebody is. This is where history is being made right now. The sky is the limit. We want to put the valley on the map.