Cedric Bixler Zavala (born November 4, 1974 in Redwood City, California) is the lead singer and lyricist of The Mars Volta, and was previously the lead singer, lyricist and occasional guitarist of At the Drive-In, and also, the drummer of De Facto. He is a dietary vegan.
Bixler Zavala demonstrated very strong views on moshing and crowd surfing. He infamously walked off stage 10 minutes into an At The Drive-In performance at the 2001 Big Day Out festival in Sydney. He had previously asked the audience to calm down and observe the safety rules ("Let's dance, rather than beat the shit out of each other..."). After the refusal of the crowd, Zavala told the crowd, "I think it's a very very sad day when the only way you can express yourself is through slamdancing! Are you all typically white people? Y'all look like it to me!" then after pointing at an audience member crowd surfing saying, "Look at that... You learned that from the TV! You didn't learn that from your best friend!" and finally stating to the crowd, "You're a robot, you're a sheep!" before bleating at them several times, finishing with, "I've got a microphone and you don't! You're a sheep, you watch TV way too much!" and leaving the stage.
Despite these views, Bixler Zavala has been known to venture out into crowds, sexually disturb security guards, and grab and throw various objects found in the venue.
Under the pseudonym "Alavaz Relxib Cirdec" ("Cedric Bixler Zavala" with the order of the letters reversed), Bixler Zavala contributed a 2-song single to the GSL Special 12 Singles Series, released in December 2005. The inversion of his name is very appropriate, seeing as the musical styles shown on his GSL single would be unexpected to an uninformed fan of his more mainstream contributions. Closer to the Dub of De Facto and the ambient experimentation shown in Omar Rodriguez-Lopez records than the prog-rock of The Mars Volta, the two songs Bixler Zavala has produced under this alias are entirely instrumental, with the exception of samples of speech that can be heard on "Live Private Booths". "Live Private Booths" is a funky Fela Kuti-style jam featuring flute, drums, bass, guitars and samples, while "Sapta-Loka" is a more ambient exploration of eastern-style drones, with subtle, haunting instrumentation.