5 Drummerszone artists - Pete Lockett

Pete Lockett
* April 08, 1962
United Kingdom
"Pete Lockett is an example to us all. Industrious, experimental and musically open-minded. It’s no wonder his skills are in such demand for Albums, Film soundtracks, Solo appearances and Collaborations."
- 2002 Rhythm Magazine readers poll; Best Studio Percussionist

Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile multi-percussionists currently in the UK, having immersed himself in percussion and drums from every part of the globe. The wide range of artists he’s worked with reflects the diversity of his playing.

Pete Lockett has recorded and/or toured with: Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, David Torn, Viku Vinayakram, Selva Ganesh, Natacha Atlas, Texas, Trans-Global Underground, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mel C, Phil Manzanera, Bedlam, Beth Orton, Edwyn Collins, Trevor Jackson, Craig Armstrong, John Bergamo, Bernard Butler, David Mcalmont, Metro Voices, London Sinfonietta, B J Cole, Catherine Bott, Playgroup, Nitin Sawhney, Evan Dando,, Adrian Sherwood, On-U-Sound, Kula Shaker, Afro Celt Sound System, Vanessa-Mae, David Arnold, Evelyn Glennie, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Gary Husband, Pet Shop Boys, Junior Delgado, The Aloof, David Toop, Lowell Fulson, Joji Hirota, A R Rahman, Luke Vibert, Eumir Deodato, Andy Gangadeen, Steve White, Youth of Killing Joke, Catriona MacDonald, Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses/Simply Red) DJ Judge Jules and French band INTIK, Sinead O'Conner, Elefantes, Andy Wright, Paul Heard/Mike Pickering (M People) and more!

A basic list of instruments covered by Pete Lockett includes the following:
  • North/South Indian percussion: tabla, mridangam, kanjira, ghatam, vocal percussion, dholak, naal, bhangra dhol.
  • Middle Eastern percussion: darabuka, req, bendir, frame-drums.
  • Cuban/Brazilian percussion: congas, bongos, timbales, berimbau.
  • Also Irish Bodhran, Nigerian Udu, West African djembe, Japanese taiko, Western drumsets
Pete Lockett also plays many weird and wonderful percussion effects such as waterphones and spring drums, along with many strange percussive objects built and customised by Pete. He also works extensively with electronics/samplers, both live and in the studio, using samplers, effects units and electronic looping to create densely alternative percussion fabrics.

Pete Lockett has worked in virtually every field of music conceivable, both live and in the studio. From pop and rock, to free jazz and the classical avant garde. From traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music of North and South India to traditional Japanese taiko drumming. Straight blues, funk and rock drumming to collaborations with classical, folk, ethnic and experimental musicians. One of Pete’s main calling cards is his ability to play traditional instruments out of their normal cultural setting and make them sit within the music comfortably. He has performed live at festivals and concert halls all over the world.

Pete Lockett has also worked extensively in the film industry and can count the three recent Bond movies, Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough amongst his credits, along with City of Angels (Meg Ryan), The Insider (Al Pacino), Plunkett & Maclean (Robert Carlisle), The Bone Collector, Kevin & Perry Go Large and the new Guy Ritchie film Snatch, Moulin Rouge, The Quiet American as well as TV and advertising credits which are too numerous to mention. Worldwide touring has included India, Nepal, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Sudan, Malaysia, Hungary, Palestine, Israel, America, Canada and extensively all over Europe.

Pete Lockett has also taught and lectured in Britain and the USA, including The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music in London and performances and workshops at the PASIC 99 percussion conference in Columbus, Ohio. Technique articles in drum magazines number over one hundred and include MODERN DRUMMER’ in the US and RHYTHM in the UK. He has also published a series on drum and percussion programming using computers and sound modules and supplies midi files / samples for the cover CD for THE MIX magazine. Pete regularly conducts workshops and gives lectures all over Europe.

Pete Lockett has two percussion groups which are regularly touring,Taiko to Tabla and Network of Sparks. There are three albums featuring these projects currently available: Taiko to Tabla with Joji Hirota, live at the Bruges festival on the Zoku-EMI label, and Network of Sparks featuring Bill Bruford on the MELT 2000 label and a second album on the ARC label featuring musicians from Ghana, Pakistan, Japan and Europe. This release coincided with a Contemporary Music Network tour of England in 1999, supported by the Arts Council of England.

Pete Lockett was heavily involved in the BBC Music Live record breaking percussion event, Beat This, which involved thousands of drummers across the UK drumming simultaneously to the same rhythm. Pete devised and co-composed the drumming motif that was played on the day, along with Evelyn Glennie, Steve White and a star studded group of percussionists.

2002 Rhythm Magazine readers poll; Best Live Percussionist (#3):
"‘Intense’, ‘Energetic’ and ‘Hypnotic’ hardly begin to describe the Pete Lockett approach to live performance. Caught up in the creativity of the moment, his natural gift is inspiring, making his live appearance an absolute must-see."
Pete’s film work includes such box office hits as Die Another Day, Moulin Rouge, City of Angels, The World Is Not Enough and more.

Pete Lockett as recently completed a book, 'Symmetrical Stickings For The Snare Drum', that is now available through H & H Publishing.

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