This month’s edition of Lead + Follow — a Q&A section dedicated to further understanding the personal and professional mindsets of area business leaders — features Jeff Lockhart, executive director of the nonprofit Kirkland Performance Center and KPC Studios. Previously, Lockhart founded and chaired Creatio, a music industry business and recording arts program at Northwest University in Kirkland, and he also founded and currently leads music performance/artist management/ event production collective Live Vinyl Productions. He also drums in several area bands.

Photo by Olivia Lockhart

Favorite TV show as a kid?

American Bandstand

If you could stick to one age, what would it be, and why?

34: old enough to know stuff and young enough to risk stuff

What show are you currently bingeing?

The Mandalorian

What is your favorite website?

Whom do you admire most?

Paul McCartney

How would you describe your email etiquette?

Prompt and professional

What is the car you are most attached to?

My 2007 Ford Explorer — the ultimate utility vehicle

Whatʼs your favorite neighborhood?

First Street in Snohomish

Whatʼs your most treasured possession?

My 1970 White Marine Pearl Slingerland drum set

What causes are important to you?

Ending systemic racism, hunger, and poverty

What is your mantra?

Much love. Much grace.

Leadership style?


What in your wardrobe do you wear the most?


What have you done recently for the first time?

Learned how to properly fertilize a lawn

If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?


What apps do you use the most?

Spotify (another addiction)

What does success look like?

Loving family, good health, time to do things that matter most to you

Where do you get your inspiration?

My family and time away with nothing to do

What advice are you glad you ignored?

“Don’t follow a career in music — it’s safer to be a broker.”

What advice would you give your younger self?

Follow your instincts, your conscience, and your heart, it’s usually right. Don’t take your failures personally — failure is an event; it’s not who you are. You always have another shot.

What book would you recommend to everyone?

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Timepiece of choice?

My plastic Casio watch

When self-doubt creeps in,

I talk to my wife