A podcast about independent artists for independent artists. Each episode highlights different humans from all walks of life and their individual stories about inspiration, determination, struggle and so much more. Dive into the fantastic minds of these amazing people, absorb some useful knowledge and expand your perspective on the world around you! It’s like, really important and stuff… or whatever. Curated, Produced and Hosted by Sikes. Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.

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Start The Beat with Sikes #208 – Lauren ‘Shay’ DeMichiei

Singer / Songwriter Lauren ‘Shay’ DeMichiei joins me this week for a talk about her work, the Pittsburgh music scene, and the state of the music industry in general. Sit back, …

Start The Beat with Sikes #207 – Bruiser Beep

This week my friend Dee aka Bruiser Beep joins me for awesome talk about the art of performance, songwriting, being introverted extroverts and so much more! Sit back, relax and …

Start The Beat with Sikes #206 – Heroineburgh (Round 2)

This week Heroineburgh is BACK with my friends Bridget Yeager, who plays heroine Arctica, and Alicia Lynn, who portrays villainess Sintilla in the live-action superheroine video series based in Pittsburgh. …

Start The Beat with Sikes #205 – The Summercamp

On Episode 205 I sit down with Indie Rock / Alt Pop powerhouse The Summercamp. Sit back, relax and let’s START THE BEAT!   ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Spotify Apple Google Stitcher …

Start The Beat with Sikes #204 – Los Vampiros Amarillos

My friends Los Vampiros Amarillos join me in the studio today to chat about Van Halen, their personal views on the state of the current PGH music scene, Slipknot, their …

Start The Beat with Sikes #203 – Day Bracey

My friend and stand up comedian Day Bracey of the Drinking Partners Podcast returns to the show to discuss Fresh Fest Beer Fest and plenty more! Sit back, relax and let’s START THE BEAT! PS: …

Start The Beat with Sikes #202 – Cody Cody Jones

This week I sit down with my friend Cody Cody Jones for an in-depth talk what drives us to continue making music, staying focused, and his new album “Follow Your …

Start The Beat with Sikes #201 – Brett Shumaker

This week I sit down with Brett Shumaker of Don’t Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective & The Mr. Roboto Project for lots of cool talk about the current state of Pittsburgh …

Start The Beat with Sikes #200 – How Mortal Komabt Changed My Life

Holy smokes! I made it to 200 episodes!!! Join me as I tell a story about growing up surrounded by artwork, heavy metal, video games, racism, bullying, criminal activities and so much …

Start The Beat with Sikes #199 – Kiwano Sour

This week I sit down with my friends Dylan and Rob from the band Kiwano Sour about finding bandmates on the internet, staying artistically prolific and their new album set …

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