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Interview: Austin Scates of Beach Weather


After releasing their first EP, heading out on a whirlwind free tour with The Maine, and announcing their spot as the opener for Sleeping With Sirens in Europe; Beach Weather drummer Austin Scates let idobi in on what we can expect from him and the rest of the guys in the future, and how the band got together.

Beach Weather just wrapped your first tour as a band, supporting tour veterans, The Maine. What would you say you picked up from them?

A.S.: We definitely picked up the importance of humility and gratitude. Being humble and working hard each day to make things happen. And extending thanks every night to crew members, venue staff, and most importantly the fans who came to spend an evening with us. Recognizing these traits in The Maine was helpful because they have proven to be a successful band and good humans.


The Maine has a solid fan base that often travel thousands of miles and show up to multiple stops on each tour. How well received did you feel by fans coming out to these shows?

A.S.: Very well received. A lot of people were surprised to even see an opening band, let alone thoroughly enjoy it. It was really awesome to interact and engage with the fans before and after shows, such cool people in every city. They are just as excited about music as we are.


Each of your members has toured with previous projects, save bassist Reeve, how was the Free for All tour different than a traditional tour you’ve been on in the past?

A.S.: A lot of the venues were unique, like outdoor malls, big parking lots, but then also House of Blues shows in the mix as well. So it was different to go from an evening at a mall with several hundred people to a 1500 cap venue, and realizing that the place didn’t matter at all. It’s about being with a group of people, anywhere, and celebrating music and life. And obviously the fact that it was FREE! Never been a part of something like it before.


Nick [Santino] mentioned in Henderson, NV that the group had only played together as a band two days prior to that first show, how did jumping on a tour so quickly shape you as a band?

A.S.: I feel like it shaped our band’s sound, playing our new EP as a full band, and adding the element of live energy was really amazing. It helped us focus very precisely on a single, great opportunity. This made us eager to learn as we go, and maintain the drive and ambition [to] have successful days first, and then start laying out the future.

All four of you are from very different parts of the country, how did you stumble upon each other and start a project like this?

A.S.: Pat Kirch started a group text with me and Nick, introducing us and saying “you guys should play music together”. And the other dudes were already connected with Nick, so we just set up a week to jam in Arizona. Now we’re here!


Shortly before taking the stage at the legendary Troubadour in L.A., it was announced that Beach Weather would be support for Sleeping With Sirens on the European leg of their Madness tour. Things seem to be moving along at an incline for you guys. How did that come about, and what are your goals while in uncharted territory?

A.S.: That was crazy news to find out we got it! Nick did an acoustic tour with Sleeping With Sirens earlier this year, and they re-booked him for the Europe tour. But then a couple of SWS members reached out to Nick, and were excited about Beach Weather. Said they would love to try and get the full band out there, since they’re doing full band as well.

We hope to meet as many of their fans as possible, introducing not only our music to them but us as individuals. I’d say that’s one of our biggest goals right now, is establishing relationships with the people who come out and developing our own strong fan base.


During the downtime before heading to Europe, what can we expect to see from Beach Weather?

A.S.: There’s a couple regional and US tour opportunities we hope to confirm, but other than shows we have some creative content that we’re piecing together. As well as a new website and online store so we can start distributing our physical goods everywhere!

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