With his deeper-than-deep grooves, blistering solos, and out-there creativity, Pete Ray Biggin plays with such fiery passion that has quickly earned himself a reputation as one of the UK’s hottest players, which is what led him to play with Chaka Khan, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen, The Specials, Whitney Houston, Beverley Knight, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Carlene Anderson, Estelle, Adele, Taio Cruz, and one of his major inspirations, Incognito.
Though can be fast, funky and furious, Pete also has a great sense of dynamics, with such albums as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Tower of Power’s self-titled fourth release, Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales, Stevie Wonder’s Innervision, plus Off the Wall and Thriller by Michael Jackson and Legend Bob Marley among his favorites, you know what’s influencing his musical taste. He may be young, but Pete Ray Biggin definitely knows his stuff.
Originating from Sheffield but living in London since 2002, Pete started drumming when he was four. Influenced by his drumming dad Alan, he won the Drummers Alliance Beat 93 – Under 16s competition, with inspiration coming from teachers including Toni Cannelli and the playing of Mark King (bassist w/Level 42 also plays drums) as well as the big funk, fusion and session names.and now he is sitting the drum chair with level 42,, By age fifteen Pete was playing clubs, where he feels he really got his music education. Six years later he was touring Europe and gigging, writing and recording everything from jazz and soul to pop and rock.
Now recording and touring the world with Incognito level 42 and his gigging own group, the funky PB Underground, Pete would love to play with Sting, Tower of Power and Herbie Hancock. “Funk is my main vibe, but soul, hip-hop, latin, jazz, rock… it’s all good with me.” Which is likely why his dream band would include Hancock, Prince, the Brecker Brothers, Giovanni Hidalgo, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder and other musically diverse and soulful players.
And while he describes his drumming as ‘pushy, groovy, edgy and energetic’ there is an undeniably moving power to Pete’s playing, as was evident when he wowed the audience at The Orchard – Bali’s Best Live Music Venue.
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