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Kody was born on February 13, 1993 into a musical family in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Traci Wood, is a singer and his father, Skip Van Winkl, is an organ player. Inspired by his parents, Kody started to play the drums at the age of thirteen. He also started taking drum lessons with the great Jeff Winter. Through playing music with his father and studying with Jeff, Kody developed his skills and sound as a drummer.

Kody has played with The Nukes, Alex Shofler, Chris Mobbs, Suppose We Run, Old Town Electric, and Skip Van Winkl (Bob Seger, Eric Burdon). He has also worked with many producers including Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, The Offspring), Alex Cantrall (Beyonce, Zendaya), and Gene Shiveley (The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, P!nk). Kody has also performed in showcases for major record labels including Interscope Records, Capitol Records, Warner Brothers Records, and Universal Music Group.