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All about award winning master percussionist, Pete Lockett

* Voted best World percussionist 2013, 14, 15 - DRUM Mag USA
* Percussionist of the year 2015 - DRUM mag USA
* Best live percussionist 2006 - Rhythm mag UK
* Runner up 2010, 11, 12, 13, 14 - Modern Drummer USA

Before retiring from performance and commercial recording in 2022, Pete Lockett established himself over decades as one of the most versatile multi-percussionists 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, Eric Moore, 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, Elefantes, Andy Wright, Farida Khanum, Qadir Shaggan, Attullah Essakhelvi, Paul Heard (M People), Hands On'semble, Brenda Navarrete & many more!

Pete 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 performed live at festivals and concert halls all over the world.

He's also worked extensively in the film industry. Pete arranged and recorded all the ethnic percussion for the famous 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, including in Chennai with AR Rahman on the 2007 blockbuster, SIVAJI, Rajini Kanth) and the theme for the Indian Commonwealth Games.

Pete's collaborative projects include 'RHYTHM SPHERE' with Russ Miller, 'RHYTHM FRONTIER' with Gabor Dornyei, 'BOOM' with Luis Conte and 'TREKETAY' with Fazal Qureshi. 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. All Pete's albums are available online through most digital sales sites such as iTunes, Napster, Amazon and Deezer.

Pete has performed solo to packed houses all over the world including the Edinburgh Festival, Bruges Festival, Pasic, Rhythm Sticks - London, Drumusique Festival, London drum show, Bag show Paris, Womad, Kuala Lumpur festival, Quebec drum festival, Swiss drum festival, Adams drum festival, Glasgow One World Festival, Pontardawe Festival, Belfast Festival, Guildford Festival, Sufi-Soul Festival, Lahore Pakistan, Montreal drum festival, Australian drum weekend, Drummer Live, Dresner drum festival, Newbury Festival and many more. 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.

Pete has taught and lectured worldwide, including The Royal College, London, Berklee School of Music in Boston, The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music in London, Melbourne university, Shanghai Conservatory and performances and workshops at four PASIC international percussion conferences. Technique articles in drum magazines number well into the hundreds and include 'MODERN DRUMMER’ in the US, 'RHYTHM' in the UK, 'SA DRUMS' in South Africa, 'DRUM SCENE' in Australia, 'Drums & Percussion' in Germany 'DRUMMER' and 'IDRUMMAG' in the UK. Pete has also released numerous books on drum techniques. 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.

Pete toured worldwide, both as a soloist, collaborator and educator. He is proud to endorse many of the top brands in the industry, including LP Percussion, DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo drum heads and ATV aFrame.



“I feel deeply that I have ‘SAID’ all I wanted to ‘SAY’ in musical performance over a very long period, across multiple genres, styles and world cultures. The time has come to hand over the reigns to the younger generation and excitedly watch how they build on it and take it in a myriad of new directions. I am allowed the luxury of doing this whilst at the top of my game and can walk away completely fulfilled. It is a decision that has taken me two years and is not one I rushed into with an impromptu madness. I will continue with my Apps, plug-ins and technique books whilst also opening some new and fresh creative inspirations in different artistic areas. I would like to shout out a massive 'THANK YOU' to everyone who has supported me, followed me and been an indispensable part of my musical journey”.


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