Mr Dibs

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Mr Dibs
Mr Dibs at Hawkeaster 2014.jpg
Mr Dibs playing with Hawkwind at Hawkeaster 2014
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Darbyshire
Born (1964-08-04) 4 August 1964 (age 54)
GenresSpace rock
Occupation(s)Musician
Instruments
Years active2007-present
Associated acts
  • Hawkwind
  • Spacehead
  • Krel
  • Evil Blizzard
  • The Elves of Silbury Hill
  • Technicians of Spaceship Hawkwind

Jonathan Darbyshire (born 4 August 1964) widely known by his stage name Mr Dibs or Dibs Hawkwinder, is a British musician, best known as a former member of the space rock group Hawkwind.[1]

Before Hawkwind, Mr Dibs played in two underground space rock bands, Krel and Spacehead. He became a member of the Hawkwind road crew in 1997, where he remained for a decade, often guesting onstage reciting poems. In 2007, Dibs became the band's bassist, following the departure of Alan Davey[2]. Hawkwind's own festival, 'Hawkfest' 2007, heralded Dibs's debut appearance with the band as a full-time member.

In recent years, Dibs's role has shifted to more of a frontman role at live shows, owing to Dave Brock's preference against taking centre stage, with him sharing lead vocals with Brock, as well as cello, bass, synthesizer and baritone bass. Since 2011 when Niall Hone took over on bass guitar, Dibs has become the constant live frontman.

Since his induction to the band he has appeared on five studio albums, 2010's Blood of the Earth, 2012's Onward, 2016's The Machine Stops, 2017's Into The Woods and 2018’s Road to Utopia as well as three live albums, 2007's Knights of Space, 2014's Space Ritual Live and 2017’s ‘’At The Roundhouse. Dibs also appeared on 2013’s compilation Spacehawks.

In 2018, Dibs had been more involved with electronics on stage.

Dibs left Hawkwind in August 2018 with the following message posted on the ‘Hawkwind Fans Worldwide’ Facebook Group Page: ‘ My friends, it is with a heavy heart that I must confirm that due to irreconcilable differences, I left Hawkwind on Tuesday 28th August 2018. I've had the most wonderful 21 years on board, both as roadie and musician and I'm very proud of everything I've achieved and everything I've become. Not many people get the break I did. Thanks to all the fans for their support and love over the years, and to the great friendships forged. Hawkwind is so much more than the music and band. Well then. See you all out there! Peace and Love Dibs XX‘

Dibs has also played with fellow Hawkwind members under the guise of The Elves of Silbury Hill and has played guest bassist for Evil Blizzard.

Dibs announced on Facebook on October 28th 2018 that he had joined the band Evil Blizzard in the guise of Mr Freshcrawl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave Brock, Richard Chadwick and Mr. Dibs - Hawkwind - Interview Exclusive". Uberrock.co.uk. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  2. ^ "Mr. Dibs". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-05-21.