Formed in 2009,
what started out as an experimental-dub jam-band
evolved out of Toronto's vibrant music scene INTO
A FUNK ROCK REGGAE COLLECTIVE
Led by singer songwriter duo Michael Cooke on guitar and powerhouse drummer Derek "DeeLion" Musgrave,
their writing combines roots reggae and up-tempo ska riddims with R&B funk and psychedelic rock
guitar explorations evoking Hendrix, Funkadelic and The Police, while paying homage to the
Titans of Reggae by playing their favorite covers from Sugar Minot, The Abyssinians and Bob Marley,
to name a few.
Over the years, freedubstar has had the pleasure of playing with some of Toronto's finest musicians,
Including; Reggae Keyboard Legend Bernie Pitters, Akiva Pitters, Dezi Fingazz and Megan Worthy for bubble & skank on organ, clavinet and piano, as well as Jazz Saxophone legend Jim Heineman and Steve Evans on Trumpet, the talented Mark Hundevad on vibraphones, Jose' Calvete on bass, Sabah and Lucya on percussion and all our guest singers when we can get everyone together...!
Faced with the rising cost of Toronto rent and greedy landlords, Michael left the city and moved the studio up north to the Algonquin Park Area where the band recorded their first album in 2017 in a trailer with a cabin he built alongside with a wood stove for winters.
With their first album complete, freedubstar is already working on songs for their next album and touring a bit in Ontario this summer.