Born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, Hinds' parents migrated to the UK from Jamaica in the mid 1950s along with so many other Jamaicans and other British Caribbean islanders to rebuild post World War II Britain. At age five, he started elementary school and completed all his schooling by 1974. During that period, the music out of Jamaica became a major influence on Hinds’ perception on life in years to come. As Hinds explained in an interview with Afropop Worldwide, "I remember each of my elder siblings coming over with the latest form of music and dance as well as what was happening socially and politically on the island."
At Handsworth Wood Boys secondary school, Hinds met band co-founder Basil Gabbidon who he would later found Steel Pulse with in 1975.
Outside of Steel Pulse, Hinds has written songs for various films including "Can’t Stand The Heat," featured in the movie Do The Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee (1989). He's also released two solo singles via the France-based Heartical label. 
- Discogs.com - accessed January 2010
- Andybrouwer.co.uk - accessed January 2010
- "Babylon Is Falling: David Hinds on the Early Years of Steel Pulse and His Youth in England". Afropop Worldwide. 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "Bio: David "Dread" Hinds". SteelPulse.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
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