David Kinkade was born in New Jersey in 1983. At the age of three, he started picking up drums after his grandfather gave him his first drum kit.
He has become known for his extreme hand and double bass speeds and technique. David's technique is not limited to metal; He is experienced in jazz, fusion, prog, swing, rock, and many others genres of music.
His influences include bands such as Metallica, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Immortal, Emperor and Devin Townsend Project. His drumming influences include Gavin Harrison, Horacio "el Negro" Hernandez, Nick Barker, Mike Mangini, Hellhammer, Nick Mason, Carmine Appice, Vinnie Appice, Dave Lombardo, Nicko McBrain, Peter Criss, Eric Singer, Eric Carr, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich and Pete Sandoval.
In August 2011, he was announced as the drummer of Soulfly, replacing Joe Nunez.
Aside from his drumming career, Kinkade is known for his interest in animal welfare. In 2007, he started a foundation called the "Metal 4 Pets Foundation", which stands against animal abuse. The Metal 4 Pets Foundation's goal is to unite the metal world to fight animal abuse.
David also has a teaching background which includes eight years of private instructions. In the summer of 2008, David worked with 13 students ranging from ages 7–13 at a middle school program aimed at teaching children with autism the beginning fundamentals of drums and percussion.
He currently lives in Chicago and is a locomotive engineer on the railroad.