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  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Birthday: April 08
  • Country: United Kingdom
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Pete was voted runner up best percussionist 2010 in the USA,  #1 BEST LIVE PERCUSSIONIST 2005 in a readers poll of Rhythm magazine & best live percussionist 2005 on international drum site, mikedolbear.com. His website was also voted in the top ten worldwide drum & percussion websites 2005 at alexa.com. Pete's Album, Taiko to Tabla with Joji Hirota was included in top 55 rhythm albums of all time in Songlines magazine, August 2006. Petes book, Indian rhythms for the drum set was book of 2008 in Dutch drum mag, Slagwerkraant and got five stars in Modern Drummer.

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.

CAREER

Pete Lockett has recorded and/or performed with Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Dido, 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, 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, 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, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Gary Husband, Simon Phillips, Baba Sissoko, Carlo Rizzo, Dave Dobbyn, Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, Mark Schulman, Martina Topley Bird, Shankar Mahedevan, Little Axe, Bikram Ghosh, Ghatam Suresh, Dino Merlin, Doug Wimbish, Ronu Majumdar, Hari Haran,  Kodo, 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, Julian Lloyd Webber, Steve White, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bandish,  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, Sinead O'Conner, Elefantes, Andy Wright, Farida Khanum, Qadir Shaggan, Attullah Essakhelvi, Paul Heard/Mike Pickering (M People), Hands Ensemble, Antonio Forcione and more!

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, 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 & 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 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 Petes albums are available online through most digital sales sites such as itunes. Pete has five CD releases in India over the 2008 - 2009 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.

THE TEACHER

Pete has taught and lectured Worldwide, including The Royal College, 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.

DISCOGRAPHY

Petes Discography with international artists is far too extensive to add here but his main personal projects have had numerous CD releases and include……..

TAIKO TO TABLA feat Joji Hirota and Pete.  Two albums with his world drumming project

NETWORK OF SPARKS which featured Bill Bruford, drummer of ‘Genesis’ and ‘Yes’ fame. Two albums with his multi ethnic quintet

PARALLAX BEAT BROTHERS Two albums with sound designer and electronics wizard, Scanner on the duo project

LIVE IN ISTANBUL One solo album,

TAALISMAN Duo feat Indian guitarist, Amit Chatterjee on the Indiabeat label.

ROR Trio with Henrik Anderson and Shashank on the Indiabeat label.

MADE IN CHENNAI Feat Umarshankar Vinayakram on the Indiabeat label.

KINGDOM OF RHYTHM Duo with Bickram Ghosh on the Saregama label.

JOURNEYS WITH THE MASTER DRUMMERS OF INDIA Feat Vikku Vinayakram, Bickram Ghosh, Rajesh Mandolin and Mahesh Vinayakram. (Music Today label)

MADE IN CALCUTTA  Feat Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Prattyush Bannerjee and musicians of Calcutta. (2011)

BOOKS

Pete has released two books. 

INDIAN RHYTHMS FOR THE DRUM SET on HUDSON Music USA. This is the first book of its kind covering North & South Indian rhythms on the drum set.

SYMMETRICAL STICKINGS FOR THE DRUM SET

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