Born into a musical family, Drummin' Dave's career started in his infancy. He learned to play the piano at the age of four, from his mother (a Canadian concert pianist and piano teacher). He then took to the violin, but his father (who had played violin himself since high school) complained about sour notes. David began to sing during junior high school, but soon abandoned all other musical pursuits for percussion in 1974. He's been playing his dream instrument (the drum set) since age thirteen.
After graduating college (and a few rebellious gigs at college radio stations), David made it a priority to get involved in live, musical performance. He joined fellow-KUSF deejay Steven Abatte in forming Half Blind, and along with their bass accompanyment, the power-trio played such venues as the Hotel Utah, Gilman Street, Lipps Underground, and the Nightreak (in San Francisco and Berkeley, California). The band reformed under the name Skeleton Moses, but then David progressed onward into Krakpot, during which time he played other Bay Area clubs, including the Mabuhay Gardens, Chi Chi Club, The Stone, and The Place and the Veterans Memorial Hall (both of Davis, CA). From 1991 to 1997 he remained in the studio with R.P.M., Pluck and El Niño.
Drummin' Dave's influences include Billy Cobham, Dave Lombardo, Glenn Rhian, Nicko McBrain, Keith Moon, Lars Ulrich, Ginger Baker, Mickey Hart, Peter Chris and Tom Hunting. David became the drummer for the Oakland, California based metal outfit Down Factor in 1996. He then went on to join Sonoma's own Enslavior in 1999 for the Y2K downfall of Western Civilization. David resides in Napa, California with his wife Preet.