Sunderland-born surfing bass player needs your help to launch debut album

A surfing bass player who’s become a viral sensation has launched a Crowd Funding campaign to record his debut album.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 3:38 pm

Jonny Rubin, aka Dr Funk, hit the headlines in 2019 when a video of him surfing with his bass in Newquay went viral.

The Roker-born busker gained a large following, with more than 26 million people viewing one of his busking videos alone.

Now, after requests from fans, he’s launched an online funding campaign to raise the £15,000 needed to pay for studio time to record his first album.

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Dr Funk went viral after he went surfing with a bass

So far, 90% of the funds have been raised and Jonny, 28, says he can’t wait to get his sound out there.

"It’s been absolutely mind-blowing to see how many people have viewed my videos,” said the multi-instrumentalist. “I got quite a few followers after the surfing video and people started asking me when I’d be recording some proper music with a proper band. It’s been great to have that support already.

“I have so many songs written and ideas in my head so it will be great to put that down in a studio.”

Jonny has been performing since he was 15 and had his first gig at Monkwearmouth School, where he was a pupil. He went on to be in band Motiv and attended college at Shiney Row and Newcastle before attending university in Cornwall and falling in love with the Newquay lifestyle – as well as its world famous waves.

Dr Funk, aka Jonny Rubin, was born and raised in Roker and Fulwell where his family still live

He began busking on the streets and soon began to get noticed for his slap bass style.

::You can donate to the Dr Funk crowd funder at

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Jonny has launched a crowd funder for his debut album
Jonny now lives in Newquay