Brian Howe AKA Sikes is a Alternative Hip-Hop artist & producer from Pittsburgh, PA who is known locally for his work in various musical projects and other artistic endeavors. He also hosts START THE BEAT which is a podcast highlighting conversations between himself and all sorts of different jerks. Musicians, artists, comedians and all other types of screw-ups & undesirables. In other words… Some of the best people you’ll ever meet in your life. Start The Beat with Sikes is part of the Epicast network.

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Stop The Beat: Billboard Top 5 – July 2017

This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell to discuss the current Top 5 Singles on the Billboard music charts and breakdown what we either …

Start The Beat 142: Tim Indyk of Moshpit (Round Two)

This week I sit down with Tim Indyk of Moshpit to talk DIY show promotion, self discovery and taking the jump to pursue your passions full-time. Sit back, relax and …

Start The Beat 141: Raymond Strife

*To the tune of the 1960’s Spider-Man theme song* Raymond Strife. Raymond Strife. Does whatever a Raymond Likes. Does a tour – Any size. Dropping Beats – Spitting rhymes. Look …

Start The Beat 140: Jesse Turnball of Nephele

It’s a Half Juggalo, Half Ric Flair party on this weeks NU episode of Start The Beat! I pour a couple beers and sit down with fellow musician/air horn enthusiast, …

Start The Beat 139: Matthew Seibel & Sugga of LIB.CO

Who wants to make something beautiful and awesome happen? This week I sit down with two individuals at the forefront of something very beautiful that’s starting to blossom in the …

Start The Beat 138: Issac Holeva of Faded Industry, Premier Innovations & Pittsburgh Norml

I’M ON A BOAT! This week I sit down with my friend Issac Holeva as he takes me for a little cruise down the Allegheny and we chat about how …

Start The Beat 137: Brad Brunazzi of Arcane Haven

You wanna talk about recording music, growing up and reminisce about the “scene” days of the scene? You’re in luck! This week I sit down with long time pal Brad …

Start The Beat 136: T-Funk of Solarburn & Full Pint Brewing

Hey! Do you enjoy craft beers and underground music? This week I crack open a couple cold ones with Tony “T-Funk” Thomas from the band Solarburn & Full Pint Brewing …

Start The Beat 135: Joey Schuller & 4th River Music Fest

Hey! Do you like having funnnnnn? The 4th River Music Fest is just around the corner and if you aren’t already excited about this then you’re about to be. My …

Start The Beat 134: David Yarkovsky

Wanna talk about Nu-Metal? This week I take a huge nostalgia trip with my friend David Yarkovsky as we share our thoughts on the ridiculous music we grew up with and …

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