Award winning musician Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile and prolific percussionists in the World. His percussive skills range from traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music of North and South India to traditional Japanese taiko drumming; from blues, funk and rock to classical, folk and ethnic and from Arabic to Electronic. Having worked in virtually every field of music conceivable both live and in the studio, his boundless talents have earned him a reputation as one of the most wanted percussionists in the world.

Pete has performed and recorded with artists such as Bjork, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Dido, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, The Verve, Steve Smith, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Russ Miller and Nelly Furtado, just to name a few! In addition to his work with countless recording and performing artists, Pete has also worked extensively in the film industry. Pete arranged and recorded all the ethnic percussion for the recent 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, along with Hollywood blockbusters, City of Angels (Meg Ryan), The Insider (Al Pacino), Plunkett and 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).


Pete's Signature Drumstick:
Pete Lockett (SLOC)
Very small round bead for extremely defined sound. Designed as a double-ended stick for multi-purpose use. Great for drumset‚ electronics‚ timbales‚ metallic percussion and more!
L = 16" | Dia. = .585"
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PASIC 2011:

Pete opened his 2011 PASIC clinic with a great world percussion solo!

Dividing the hand into separate striking units to execute complex rhythms on hand percussion instruments.

Pete goes over the different stroke types on the Kanjira and demonstrates how to approach playing the instrument.

Q and A - Pete fields some questions from the crowd, including how to remember forms in Indian and world music.

The clinic closes out with a great performance by Pete, demonstrating the concepts of the day.


Pete Lockett has a number of collaborative projects which are regularly touring: 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. There is also the Force of Two featuring Steve Sidelynk (Madonna/Paul Weller/The Verve) and with co written tracks involving Craig Armstrong and Aidrian Sherwood. All Pete's albums are available online through most digital sales sites such as iTunes. Pete has seven CD releases in India over the 2008 - 2011 period.

Pete Lockett has performed 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, AUDW, Drummer Live and the Newbury Festival.

Pete has also been active with solo shows, including events in Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada, Malaysia, Thailand, Falklands, Argentina, Europe and India. The solo shows are multi media affairs with Pete doing visuals himself for the shows. Other collaborative live and recording projects in India include artists as varied as, U Shrinivas, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Bickram Ghosh, Vikku Vinayakram, Loy Mendosa and many more.

A basic list of instruments includes: North/South Indian percussion: tabla, mridangam, kanjira, ghatam, vocal percussion, dhol. Middle Eastern percussion: darabuka, req, bendir, frame-drums. Latin percussion: congas, bongos, timbales, berimbau. Also Irish Bodhran, Nigerian Udu, West African djembe, Japanese taiko, Western drumset and many weird and wonderful percussion effects such as waterphones & 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 live electronic looping to create densely alternative percussion fabrics.


Pete has taught and lectured Worldwide, including The Royal College, Berklee School of Music Boston, The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music in London and performances and workshops at the PASIC percussion conference in Columbus, Ohio. Technique articles in drum magazines number over a hundred and include MODERN DRUMMER in the US, DRUMMER MAGAZINE and RHYTHM in the UK, Drums SA in South Africa, Drummer mag in the UK, Drumscene Australia, Batteria & percussioni Italy, Top Drummer Poland and more.

Petes book, 'Indian rhythms for the drum set' is the first book of its kind covering Indian rhythms on the instrument. It has been released by Hudson music in the US. He has also published a series on drum and percussion programming using computers and sound modules for THE MIX magazine in Europe. Pete's website is also a valuable source of information for percussionists worldwide and features hundreds of free lessons in video / audio / text and mp3 format. It has been voted website of the month on the BBC in the UK during 2008.