The Sublime tribute band will headline downstate on Wednesday, Aug. 29
Scott Begin of the national-touring Sublime tribute band Badfish was born to make noise. He inherited it from his drummer father.
And it appears Begin has passed down the skill of drumming to his 4-year-old son, who sits behind a miniature kit of his own.
“He’s really got a leg-up on this. He’s got a head start,” said Begin, who was twice his son’s age when he first took up the craft. “I’m hoping in a few more years I can retire and he can hop in.”
Since 2001, Begin has been playing in Badfish, a band he co-founded with friends at the University of Rhode Island.
Now in the band’s 17th year, Begin dished on his desire for the band to move into uncharted territory, playing an inaugural cannabis festival this summer, and more -- before he and his Badfish bandmates headline the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Is there something new you’d like to accomplish with the band?
I think we’d like to see how this plays out overseas in Europe.
You guys haven’t performed overseas before?
No, we’ve only been up to Canada. We’ve been across the U.S. But in terms of playing internationally, we’ve played in Toronto and Montreal. And our show goes over well there. But going to Europe, for instance, is sort of a bigger thing than driving over the border of Buffalo and into Canada. There’s some planning involved and a little bit of risk involved with not knowing how well it’s going to go.
That’s something that’s exciting to me. I’d like to try it. And I’ve never been to Europe. I’m going there with my wife in a couple months and we’re so excited, because neither of us has ever been. I don’t know how popular Sublime is in Ireland, England or Germany. But to make a go of it and see what the response would be is really cool.
How soon would you like to tour overseas?
It’s something that’s been coming up a little bit more in conversations with the guys lately, about that possibility. I can’t say for sure. I don’t think it would happen within the next year. But I’d hope within the next few years it’d be something we could explore.
Was there a difference playing The Original Green Mountain Cannabis and Music Festival in Vermont, versus a regular festival where there’s weed?
From our point of view, no, there’s not really much of a difference. At least from the stage and backstage, things are pretty loose in general, especially in a festival atmosphere. No one’s really going to give us any [problems] for doing anything. The festival in Vermont was unique in the way that it probably had to be on the hottest day. It was so, so hot. I think it actually deterred people from going, unfortunately. I think it’s going to be a cool event if they continue to do it. But that day it was so hot that you didn’t even want to walk around. You just wanted to stay still.