Life and career
Hinds was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, to parents who migrated to the UK from Jamaica in the mid-1950s, along with many other Jamaicans and other British Caribbean islanders to rebuild post-World War II Britain. At the age of 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 he explained in an interview on radio programme 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 fellow student Basil Gabbidon; together, they founded Steel Pulse in 1975.
Outside of Steel Pulse, Hinds has written songs for various films including "Can't Stand It", featured in the film Do The Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee (1989). He has also released two solo singles via the France-based Heartical label.
- "David Hinds Discography". Discogs.com. 15 June 1956. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Babylon Is Falling: David Hinds on the Early Years of Steel Pulse and His Youth in England". Afropop Worldwide. 2013. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "Bio: David "Dread" Hinds". SteelPulse.com. Archived from the original on 18 August 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2014.