Pete Lockett

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Pete Lockett
Background information
Birth namePeter Robert Lockett
BornPortsmouth, United Kingdom
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDrums and percussion
Years active1983–present
Associated actsBjörk
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, with a style ranging from blues, funk and rock to classical, folk and ethnic and from Arabic to Electronic. His instruments include tabla, mridangam, kanjira, ghatam, vocal percussion, dholak, naal, bhangra dhol from north and south India; darabuka, req, bendir, frame-drums from the Middle East; congas, bongos, timbales and berimbau from Latin American; as well as the Irish bodhran, Nigerian udu, West African djembe, Japanese taiko, Western drum set, and many custom percussion effects and self-built instruments. 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, Mekaal Hasan, 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] Among other films Lockett has worked on are 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. Archived from the original on 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  6. ^ a b c "Drums brought a 'quantum of solace\\\' to Pete Locket". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  7. ^ "DRUM!Magazine". Archived from the original on 2016-02-06. 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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