Pete Lockett

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Pete Lockett
Background information
Birth name Peter Robert Lockett
Born Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drums and percussion
Years active 1983–present
Associated acts Björk
Peter Gabriel
The Verve

Pete Lockett is an English percussionist and recording artist. Lockett is known as a versatile and prolific percussionist, collaborating with many artists.[1] He is well-versed in percussion traditions from music cultures around the world,[2] 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. His extensive list of instruments includes north/south Indian — tabla, mridangam, kanjira, ghatam, vocal percussion, dholak, naal, bhangra dhol; Middle Eastern darabuka, req, bendir, frame-drums; and Latin American — congas, bongos, timbales and berimbau. The Irish bodhran, Nigerian udu, West African djembe, Japanese taiko, Western drum set and many weird and wonderful percussion effects and self-built instruments round off his résumé. He also works extensively with electronics and samplers, both live and in the studio, to create densely alternative percussion fabrics.[3]


Lockett grew up in Portsmouth, Hampshire, to a non-musical family.[4] He began studying at the age of 19 when he passed a drum shop one day and took a lesson.[5] Lockett found music to be exhilarating,[5] eventually moving to London two years later to pursue a career in the field. He stumbled upon Indian music in the (nineteen) eighties at a Festival of India concert featuring "Ali Akbar Khan" and "Zakir Hussain" and became curious about the musical legacies of the country." [6] He then studied with “Yousuf Ali Khan" and “Karaikudi Krishnamurthy.” [7]


He has recorded and/or performed with many artists including, Björk, Afro Celt Sound System, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, The Verve, Amy Winehouse, Pet Shop Boys, Sinéad O'Connor, Nitin Sawhney, Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, U Shrinivas, Amit Chatterjee, Jeff Beck, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Craig Armstrong, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzarena and A.R. Rahman amongst many others.[1][2][4][5][5] He has also worked extensively in the film industry, playing on a number of Bond movies including, “Quantum of solace’, ”Die Another Day", "The World is Not Enough", "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Casino Royale"[4][6] along with other Hollywood films including, Moulin Rouge!, The Insider, City of Angels, The Bone Collector and the Guy Ritchie movie Snatch.[2][3][8] He was voted the best percussionist in the world by Rhythm magazine.[6] His first educational book, Indian Rhythms For The Drumset was released on Hudson music.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Multi-Percussionist Pete Lockett's journey!". Times of India. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Bag, Shamik. "Across the Beat" (PDF). Rolling Stone (India). No. June 2009. p. 25. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview: Pete Lockett". Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  4. ^ a b c "Drums brought a 'quantum of solace' to Pete Locket". MiD DAY. 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Croft, Ian (2009-06-08). "Pete Lockett: Crossing The Great Divide". Drum Magazine. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  6. ^ a b c "Drums brought a 'quantum of solace\\\' to Pete Locket". Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  7. ^ "DRUM!Magazine". Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  8. ^ Kowshik, Priyamvada (2003-03-25). "Harmony finds rhythm in percussionists fusion of world beats". Express India. Retrieved 2011-11-02. [dead link]

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