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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.

Dec 30, 2014

It's the last #startthebeat of 2014!!! So this week I decided to do something a little special and make a few phone calls to some of my past guests. We're going to talk to my Uncle Timmy, Megan Fair, Christmas Eger, Moemaw Naedon, Cody Jones aka Stillborn Identity and Justin Nixon so we can check in and see what they've...


Dec 23, 2014

For the 37th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friends Johnny and Carissa for an unplanned but welcomed conversation about growing up being the weird kid and trying to navigate through school, flaky friendships and how so much of what we embraced as children, movies, cartoons, comics, music somehow managed to...


Dec 16, 2014

For the 36th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with Bob Freyer aka Durty Art and had a productive conversation about his artwork and everything that has inspired him to create the work he produces. We talk about a ton of stuff including graffiti, marketing your "brand", navigating through the business side of the art...


Dec 9, 2014

For the first installment of 10 RANDOM QUESTIONS I sat down with the boys in Dethlehem during the listening party for their new album "Destroyers Of The Realm" and asked them questions submitted by various #startthebeat listeners. The catch is that the listeners didn't know who was going to be answering these questions...


Dec 2, 2014

For the 35th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my long time friend Shaun from the band Instead Of Sleeping and we had a lovely talk about the steps his band has taken over the years, what his experiences playing music have been like and how he has evolved as a writer, musician and overall decent human being. Sit...