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Derek Forbes bassist has sold over 70 million albums and is a triple platinum 70 million selling, Ivor Novello Award winning musician and songwriter. Derek is well known on the international stage as songwriter and bassist for Simple Minds, Big Country and Propaganda. Derek has also recorded with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Kirsty MacColl.
Not only touring and performing with Bono, Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde, Johnny Marr, The Damned, The Alarm and Spear of Destiny, Derek was also awarded the titles of ‘Best British Bass Player’ and ‘Best Bass Player in the World’.
Simple Minds are one of the most successful Scottish rock bands of all time and one of the best loved British rock bands on the international stage. Simple Minds achieved 5 number 1 albums, Platinum, Gold and Silver discs, many awards, and sold over 60 million records. Derek joined Simple Minds in 1978.
Derek performed on and co-wrote all Simple Minds albums between 1979 to 1985, and recorded chart hit ‘Don’t You Forget About Me‘ during the songwriting sessions for the 1986 album ‘Once Upon a Time‘ (uncredited). Derek also performed on and co-wrote the Simple Minds albums from 1995 to 1998, and guested on both the ‘Live‘ and ‘Black and White‘ album.
Derek received the Ivor Novello Award for ‘Outstanding Song Collection’ in 2016 for his songwriting for Simple Minds.
Derek joined Big Country and toured internationally with the band, travelling to the US and two UK and European tours. Derek also co-wrote and performed the album ‘The Journey’ with the band. Derek was with Big Country until the end of their ‘Steeltown’ tour.
Albums and Tours
Aside from touring and working in the studio with Peter Gabriel, Bono (U2), Herbie Hancock, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Chrissie Hynde and Greg Hawkes (The Cars), Derek also worked with Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd, when Dave performed guitar on Derek’s tracks. Derek also appeared on Iggy Pop’s album ‘Soldier‘ collaborating with David Bowie on vocals.
- IVOR NOVELLO AWARD WINNER ‘OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION’ 2016
- VOTED BEST EVER SCOTTISH BASS PLAYER 2006
- VOTED BEST BRITISH BASS PLAYER 1982
- A PLETHORA OF PLATINUM, GOLD and SILVER DISCS
- VOTED BEST INTERNATIONAL BASS PLAYER AUSTRALIA 1982
- VOTED BEST BASS PLAYER IN THE WORLD 1982