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Pete was voted best World percussionist 2013, 2014, 2015 and percussionist of the year 2015 in DRUM magazine in the USA. He was also runner up 2010, 11, 12, 13 and 2014 in Modern Drummer.






Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile multi-percussionists currently in the world, 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. He has recorded and or toured with: Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Dido, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, Steve Gadd, David Torn, Pandit Jasraj, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zohar Fresco, Vikku Vinayakram, Selva Ganesh, Ustad Zakir Hussain, The Verve, Steve Smith, Chris Potter, John Spencer Blues Explosion, David Holmes, Ganesh Kumaresh, Michael Nyman, Natacha Atlas, Texas, Trans-Global Underground, Bedlam, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Jon Hassell, Alex Acuna, Russ Miller, Nelly Furtado, Mike Mainieri, Phil Manzanera, David Arnold, Evelyn Glennie, Simon Phillips,  Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream, Andrea Corr, Jojo Mayer, Kai Eckhardt, Pedro Abrunhosa, Schlomo,  Ed Mann, Michael Shrieve, Edwyn Collins,  Damien Rice, Jarvis Cocker, George Brooks, Trevor Jackson, Craig Armstrong, John Bergamo, Kadri Gopalnath , Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Pandit Shankar Ghosh, TVG, Bernard Butler, David Mcalmont, Metro Voices, Mick Karn, London Sinfonietta, Natasha / Daniel Bedingfield, Euphoria, Catherine Bott, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Kodo, Playgroup, Taufiq Quereshi, U Shrinivas, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Roopkumar Rathod, Niladri Kumar, Rajesh Mandolin, Suga Babes, Hughes De Courson, Ronan Keating, Nitin Sawhney, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) Evan Dando, Adrian Sherwood, On-U-Sound, Kula Shaker, Afro Celt Sound System, Vanessa-Mae, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Gary Husband, Baba Sissoko, Carlo Rizzo, Dave Dobbyn, Vinny Appice, Denny Seiwell, Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, Mark Schulman, Martina Topley Bird, Steve Jansen, Mick Karn (Japan) Shankar Mahedevan, Little Axe, Anubrata Chatterjee, Bikram Ghosh, Pam Chowhan, Ghatam Suresh, Dino Merlin, Doug Wimbish, Ronu Majumdar, Hari Haran,  Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan,  Amy Winehouse, Mel C, The Players, Junior Delgado, Will Calhoun, Zoro, Benny Greb, Johnny Rabb, Steve Sidelynk, The Aloof, Dom Famularo, David Toop, Lowell Fulson, Joji Hirota, Skip Macdonald, A R Rahman, Archive, Luke Vibert, Eumir Deodato, Michael Barker, Derek Roddy, Andy Gangadeen, Julian Lloyd Webber, Steve White, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bandish, Jim Kilpatrick, BBC concert orchestra, Seb Rochford, Jonas Hellborg, Youth of Killing Joke, Catriona MacDonald, Reshma, Niladri Kumar,  Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses/Simply Red) DJ Judge Jules, French band INTIK, Sinead O'Conner, Elefantes, Andy Wright, Farida Khanum, Qadir Shaggan, Attullah Essakhelvi, Paul Heard (M People), Hands On'semble, Brenda Navarrete and many more!  [Pete's Discography]

Pete Live in London

Pete with Ustad Zakir Hussain 2004 

Pete on stage with Steve Smith 

Documentary from Croatia drum fest, 2016

Pete 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.


He has also worked extensively in the film industry.  Pete arranged and recorded all the ethnic percussion for the recend Hollywood hits, The Incredible Hulk 2, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale and can also count the three previous bond movies, Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough amongst his credits as soloist, along with Hollywood blockbusters, City of Angels (Meg Ryan), The Insider (Al Pacino), Plunkett & Maclean (Robert Carlisle), The Bone Collector, (Denzel Washington), Amazing Grace, (Albert Finney), The quiet American (Michael Caine), Moulin Rouge, (Nicole Kidman), and the Guy Ritchie film Snatch, as well as TV and advertising credits which are too numerous to mention. He has also recorded in the Indian film industry, most recently in Chennai with AR Rahman on the 2007 blockbuster, SIVAJI, Rajini Kanth) and also the theme for the Indian Commonwealth Games. 

Documentary from Croatia drum fest, 2016

Check out some of the Hollywood films here


Pete's collaborative projects include 'RHYTHM SPHERE' with Russ Miller, 'RHYTHM FRONTIER' with Gabor Dornyei and 'TIMELINE' with Bernhard Schimpelsberger. Previous projects include Kingdom of Rhythm, with Indian master drummer Bickram Ghosh, Taalisman with guitarist, Amit Chatterjee, Parallax Beat Brothers with sound designer Scanner. Their first album featured American trumpet genius Jon Hassell. Other projects include Taiko to Tabla with Japanese drummer Joji Hirota and the ensemble, Network of Sparks featuring Bill Bruford and the Dhol Foundation. All Petes albums are available online through most digital sales sites such as itunes / Napster. Pete has ten CD releases in India over the 2008 - 2014 period. He has performed solo to packed houses all over the world including the Edinburgh Festival, Bruges Festival, Rhythm Sticks- London, Drumusique Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Glasgow One World Festival, Pontardawe Festival, Belfast Festival, Guildford Festival, Sufi-Soul Festival, Lahore Pakistan, Montreal drum festival, Australian drum weekend, Drummer Live and the Newbury Festival.

As a composer, Pete's compositions continue to be featured on TV worldwide, including; My life as Liz, The Osbournes, William and Kate – The Movie, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, India on four wheels, America's got talent, America's next top model, Britain's got more talent, Total rugby, Chelsea TV, Gadget show, Ramsay's best restaurant, Untamed and uncut, Mega structures and more. Channels include Discovery, MTV, Yesterday, History channel, National Geographic, ITV1, Channel 4, More 4, Sky Living, Animal planet, Channel 5, BBC1, BBC2, BBC 4, BBC World service, Bloomberg, BBC World News, Dave, Eden, Sky 3, Virgin, ITV2, Luminere, TV3 Denmark, STV and more.

Roadside banner in Chennai 2007

Pete has taught and lectured Worldwide, including The Royal College, Berklee school of Music in Boston, The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music in London and performances and workshops at the PASIC 99 percussion conference.  Technique articles in drum magazines number over a hundred and include 'MODERN DRUMMER’ in the US, 'RHYTHM' in the UK, 'SA DRUMS' in South Africa, 'DRUM SCENE' in Australia, 'DRUMMER' and 'IDRUMMAG' in the UK. He has also published a series on drum and percussion programming using computers and sound modules  for THE MIX magazine in Europe.

Pete has also released two books on drum techniques. Most recently Hudson music released 'Indian rhythms for the drum set'.  It is the first book ever written covering this topic for drum set.  The book was considered 'Book of the year - 2008' and given 10/10 by Slagwerkraant magazine in Holland. It was voted in the top five publications of 2009 in Modern Drummer. There are also hundreds of free lessons on the lessons page here on Petes web site. Pete feels very strongly about making this available free of charge and will be regularly up dating with video, audio and text format lessons, along with articles on everything from the intricacies of Indian Tabla to a Rock kit pattern or how to lap a drum head.

APP's; Pete and 'Sonosaurus' recently launched the best selling percussion app 'DrumJam' for iDevices. In the first week of release it was top 5 in USA and Japan


Interviews / Press     Pete's Discography

What the great players had to say    Pete's top ten


Bill Bruford and Steve Smith comment on Pete

Bill Bruford
You’re never going to meet anyone quite like Pete Lockett, with that kind of ability and energy. He’s a force of nature. Once you see the musical light from the point of view of someone like Pete, who has a very advanced sense of Indian rhythm, there are all kinds of interesting things you can bring to Western music. Pete and I come at it from different angles, but we are both aware that there are some wonderful rhythms out there.

I think in twenty-five years’ time, kids will be learning Indian classical rhythms and learning to vocalize them and clap in the Indian tradition as much as they’ll be doing Western drum rhythms for their basic drum instruction. I think the world will be a whole lot better place as a result of that. And I think everybody will say, “Oh, I remember Pete Lockett started all this.”

Steve Smith
Pete is a friend, inspiration, teacher and collaborator. As one of a few musicians who is a virtuoso in both North Indian and South Indian percussion, his abilities on the tabla (from the North Indian Hindustani tradition) and kanjira and konnakol (from South Indian Carnatic music) are world-class. Significantly, Pete is not only acknowledged and appreciated by Westerners, but he has been accepted into the rarefied circle of maestros of both North and South Indian percussion, no easy feat!

I like the fact that Pete has taken his knowledge of Indian instruments, rhythms and techniques, along with his innate knowledge of Western music and has applied these skills into a unique “world-view” of percussion. This inclusive approach incorporates rhythms and percussion instruments from around the globe. Pete has the kind of high-level musicianship that is a universal language, crossing all boundaries of style or culture. I look forward to more collaborations and lessons with Pete!



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