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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Start The Beat 125: Si Lewis of Amplifiers

For the 125th episode I sat down with Si Lewis of the band Amplifiers for a talk about the journey and sometimes, the struggle of being a productive and consistent …

Start The Beat 124: The Long Hunt

For the 124th episode I sat down with Trevor, Allison & Mark from The Long Hunt. For those of you not familiar, The Long Hunt is a instrumental rock band …

Start The Beat 123: Rachel Lynne

For the 122nd episode I sat down with singer/songwriter Rachel Lynne for a talk about her journey as a musician throughout the years. We also have a special appearance from …

Start The Beat 122: THE LOPEZ

For the 122nd episode I sat down with Steph and Jesse aka THE LOPEZ for a talk about the history and evolution of their band as well as some of …

Start The Beat 121: DONALD DUCOTE of WILD KINDNESS RECORDS

For the 121st episode I sat down with the General Manager of Wild Kindness Records, Donald Ducote for an awesome talk about his journey & views on the world as …

Start The Beat 120: AJ of SAVE US FROM THE ARCHON

For the 120th episode I sat down with my long time friend AJ of Save Us From The Archon for a talk about his creative process and some behind the …

Start The Beat 119: DEREK & TREVOR of CHOIR

For the 119th episode I cracked a couple beers open with Derek and Trevor from the band Choir and talked about a lot of stuff that has absolutely nothing to …

Start The Beat 118: TRACKSPLOITATION

For the 118th episode I sat down with Pittsburgh, PA based DJ/Producer Duo Tracksplotation for a talk about their histories and personal experiences as electronic musicians who have been performing …

Start The Beat 117: HUGH TWYMAN of HUGHSHOWS

For the 117th episode I sat down with Pittsburgh, PA based photographer/blogger Hugh Twyman for a talk about his history in the scene and his experiences covering it for the …

Start The Beat 116: CAROLYN HILLIARD& HEATHER DONNY DONOVAN of DINOSOUL

For the 116th episode I sat down with Carolyn & Heather from the Indie Dark Pop band Dinosoul for a very relaxed & in-depth talk about the history of their …

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