Pete Lockett talks and plays: Prism Live and Commentary videos of Prism on Bongos Pete Lockett talks and plays: Prism Pete Lockett is without any doubt one of the best musicians there are nowadays. As percussionist, drummer and musician he is on the forefront for many years already. In 2016 he played at the Wienfelden International drum festival in Switzerland, and shares his footage from his show with us on Drummerszone. He even provided us with commentaries with the videos. We created a series of Director Cuts from the videos with commentaries about the videos from Pete himself. When listening to Pete about the tracks, suddenly those often hard to grasp percussion rhythms start to make sense. All the videos have Pete explaining about the tracks and the rhythms he is playing, and give great background stories on the songs as well.

Prism on Bongos
This first article of four features Pete Lockett playing an incredible interpretation of a piece written by Swiss jazz drummer and percussionist Pierre Favre. The track Prism is on Favre's album 'Singing Drums' (1984), which was performed by Pierre Favre, Paul Motian, Fredy Studer and Nana Vasconcelos.

Commentary and Live
In the first video, the 'Commentary Version,' Pete explains how this piece is built up and gives the right details of the rhythmical phrases he is playing, making it very easy to match Pete's version with the original track that we added below as well.

This is one of those moments and recordings that exactly show why Pete Lockett finds himself among the best musicians, percussionists and drummers out there.

Prism [ Commentary Version ]

Pierre Favre Ensemble - Prism
Listen to Prism by the Pierre Favre Ensemble as the source for Pete's bongo interpretation.

Prism [ Live ]

Prism with Bill Bruford
Listen to a version of Prism played by 'Pete Lockett's Network of Sparks featuring Bill Bruford'. This version appears on the 2010 album 'One'.

Pete Lockett
Pete Lockett's resume reads like a musician's dream. Here is a shortlist of references in music, movies, instruments and tutoring.

He has recorded and/or toured or played with: Björk, Nicko McBrain, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Russ Miller, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, David Torn, Viku Vinayakram, Selva Ganesh, Texas, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mel C, Kula Shaker, Evelyn Glennie, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Gary Husband, Pet Shop Boys, Andy Gangadeen, Steve White, Sinead O'Conner.

While he virtually plays every percussion instrument equally good, he also works with electronics/samplers, both live and in the studio.

He is the creator of the DrumJam App, a rhythm factory with all the individual percussion parts recorded by Pete. With the app you build layers from a wide range of authentic ethnic percussion and drum kit loops to jam away over the top of the grooves you create. (

Pete Lockett has also worked extensively in the film industry and has three Bond movies on his credits: Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough. Other movies are: City of Angels (Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan), The Insider (Al Pacino, Russell Crowe), Plunkett & Maclean (Robert Carlisle) and The Bone Collector (Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie)

Since 2014, Pete is Honorary Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China.

Pete Lockett plays
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  • Mapex Drums
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