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 #2: Billboard Top 5 Rock Airplay – August 2017

This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell AGAIN to discuss more songs on the Billboard music charts and breakdown what we either hate or …

Start The Beat 147: Josh Corcoran of Spare Change

JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Today I sit down with Josh Corcoran from the web series Spare Change for a talk about utilizing your resources to make a change. No pun intended! HAH! …

Start The Beat 146: Lili Traviato

Technology is nuts and maybe kids spending their time on computers isn’t always such a bad thing. Today I sit down with songwriter/producer Lili Traviato for a talk about her …

Start The Beat 145: Lauren Stein of Punksburgh

Support Local Talent! Get involved with your community! Make new friends! This week I sit down with Lauren Stein of the blog PUNKSBURGH.COM for a talk about shining light on …

Start The Beat 144: Amuck (Round Two)

It’s been a little while but Amuck is back and gearing up to release a new album so we sat down to talk about getting a little older, growing a …

Start The Beat 143: AJ Worrell of Preserving Silence Records

This week I sit down with AJ Worrell of Preserving Silence Records to discuss running an independent music label & distro, DIY merchandising and the work ethics of underground musicians …

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, …

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