David Gould was born in Hempstead, NY and grew up in Merrick. He studied trumpet from 2nd-8th grade and took up piano at 13. When he was 15, he picked up the electric bass. David spent most of his formative years listening to his parents records from the 1950's and the sounds of classic rock (Led Zep, The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, etc.). David studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he discovered the roots of funk in Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock, and James Brown.