Guitarist David Locke is an independent recording artist, guitar teacher and session musician based in the UK.



Highly Skillful

Over the past 27 years, guitarist David Locke has skillfully weaved the heady shredding of metal, tricky time signatures of jazz and loaded licks of rock into his own unique brand of progressive rock music.


David has collaborated with celebrated musicians such as Derek Sherinian (Planet X, Ex-Dream Theater) and contributed guest solos to Sebastian Persini's Lost City (other guests including Keyboardist and Producer Alex Argento). In 2011, David was awarded a Walter Trout Vigier Expert guitar by Guitarist magazine, after a solo he composed and performed was hand-picked from hundreds of entries by Walter Trout himself.

Self Produced

David has recorded and produced two independently released progressive rock albums. In both Riding Out Youth and Transitions, David not only meticulously composed each musical element himself, but also played every musical instrument heard.


Riding Out Youth

This is my first, official Album. It's a journey through my life, with songs written over the years, now re-worked and recorded over the past 9 months. From Progressive to more subtle styles, there is something for most music lovers to appreciate. I would like to thank everybody who has supported me throughout the years, and I hope I've made them proud.

Riding Out Youth Album Cover
Transitions Album Cover


This album has certainly taken a long time to put together, and has even seen some stylistic changes over the past year of writing and recording. I've tried to create music that can be challenging at times, but always retaining a strong melody. With the addition now of Orchestral parts, I think this album has a much bigger sound than my debut.


Reviews and Testimonials

"Dave Locke out of the UK is making great progressive metal fusion. I am really enjoying playing on his current record."

Derek Sherinian

Derek Sherinian

"Locke is an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, who, as a guitarist is reminiscent of Joe Satriani."

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Ultimate Guitar

"David's playing is sublime, tasteful and technically dazzling."

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Gear Magazine

"British fusion newcomer who has built his formidable legato chops around a molten core of feel and timing."

Jamie Dickon

Jamie Dickson - Guitarist Magazine

"His style is built around fast, creative legato runs that ignite into flashes of deft sweep-picking and tapping - all informed by a keen awareness of melody."

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Guitarist Magazine

"Joyously melodic and cinematic heavy rock done with taste."

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Prog Metal Zone

"Dave Locke brings a genuine mastery of tone and technique to his current album Transitions."

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