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, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, David Torn, 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, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Russ Miller / Nelly Furtado, Phil Manzanera, David Arnold, Evelyn Glennie, Bedlam, Jon Hassell, Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream, Kai Eckhardt, Schlomo, Ed Mann, Michael Shrieve, Edwyn Collins, Damien Rice, George Brooks, Trevor Jackson, Craig Armstrong, John Bergamo, Kadri Gopalnath , Pandit Shankar Ghosh, TVG, Bernard Butler, David Mcalmont, Metro Voices, London Sinfonietta, Natasha / Daniel Bedingfield, Euphoria, Catherine Bott, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Playgroup, Taufiq Quereshi, U Shrinivas, Rajesh Mandolin, Suga Babes, Hughes De Courson, Ronan Keating, Nitin Sawhney, Evan Dando, Adrian Sherwood, On-U-Sound, Kula Shaker, Afro Celt Sound System, Vanessa-Mae, , Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Gary Husband, Dave Dobbyn, Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, Martina Topley Bird, Shankar Mahedevan, Little Axe, Bikram Ghosh, 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, David Toop, Lowell Fulson, Joji Hirota, Skip Macdonald, A R Rahman, Archive, Luke Vibert, Eumir Deodato, Andy Gangadeen, Steve White, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bandish, BBC concert orchestra, Youth of Killing Joke, Catriona MacDonald, Reshma, 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/Mike Pickering (M People), Hands Ensemble, Antonio Forcione and more!
A basic list of instruments covered by Pete includes the following:
North/South Indian percussion: tabla, mridangam, kanjira, ghatam, vocal percussion, dholak, naal, bhangra 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 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 recent Hollywood hits, The Incredible Hulk 2, 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 & 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). Worldwide touring has included India, Nepal, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Sudan, Malaysia, Hungary, Palestine, Israel, America, Canada and extensively all over Europe.
Besides his busy schedule in the studio and on the road with other artists, Pete has a number of collaborative projects which have so far seen the release of seven albums. There are four more scheduled for release in 2008 in India.
Projects include Taalisman with guitarist, Amit Chatterjee, Repercussion-Zone with Indian master drummer Bickram Ghosh, 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 Petes albums are available online through most digital sales sites such as itunes.
These projects have performed to packed houses all over the world including the Edinburgh Festival, Bruges Festival, Rhythm Sticks Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (sold out twice), Drumusique Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Glasgow One World Festival, Pontardawe Festival, Belfast Festival, Guildford Festival and Newbury Festival to name a few.
Pete has also been active with solo shows, including events in Turkey and India. A show recorded in Istanbul was released mid 2007. The solo shows are multi media affairs with Pete doing visuals himself for the shows.
Petes 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.
Pete has taught and lectured Worldwide, including The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music in London and performances and workshops at the PASIC 99 percussion conference in Columbus, Ohio. Technique articles in drum magazines number over a hundred and include MODERN DRUMMER' in the US and RHYTHM 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.
Petes new book has also just been released by International music publisher, Hudson Music. The book, Indian rhythms for the drum set is the first book of its kind to be written for drum set.
Beat This....Pete was heavily involved in the BBC Music Live record breaking percussion event, Beat This, which involved thousands of drummers across the UK drumming simultaneously to the same rhythm. Pete devised and co-composed the drumming motif that was played on the day, along with Evelyn Glennie, Steve White and a star studded group of percussionists.
2002 Rhythm Magazine readers poll; Best Live Percussionist category; "‘Intense', ‘Energetic' and ‘Hypnotic' hardly begin to describe the Pete Lockett approach to live performance. Caught up in the creativity of the moment, his natural gift is inspiring, making his live appearance an absolute must-see."