Abe Cunningham, born in Long Beach, California on July 27, 1973, is an American musician; he plays the drums in the world-famous Deftones and has also played drums for Phallucy.
He first started playing the drums for Phallucy as a teen in the early 90's. During this time, he also drummed for the Deftones on the side, usually whenever the Deftones had a problem with a drummer who dropped out.
Abe knows how to play both the guitar and the drums, but growing up with a step-father who played the drums, he took a deeper passion with the drums.
His influences are the Police's Stewart Copeland, Ginger Baker and Mitch Mitchell. Cunningham is known for his frantic, pounding rhythms on such songs as Knife Party and clever usage of tempo, while at the same time refusing to indulge in the double bass drum setup of many metal traditionalists.
However, he does use a double bass pedal as part of his kit, as seen in a recent issue of Modern Drummer magazine.
He has a son with wife, Annalynn Cunningham. She made a guest appearance on "Mx" singing along with Chino Moreno.