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START THE BEAT with Sikes

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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Apr 29, 2014
Start The Beat 005: JT PENDERVILLE

For the fifth episode of START THE BEAT I sat down with my favorite warrior JT aka Overlord Brom of the band Dethlehem for a good, lengthy talk about discovering heavy metal, playing heavy metal and just being heavy metal in general while maintaining a sense of humor about it all. Lots of other crap gets talked about as well and if you're curious theres only one true way to find out... START THE BEAT!

Apr 22, 2014
Start The Beat 004: MATT VERY

For the fourth episode of my new-ish podcast I sat down with my homeboy Matt for a little chit chat about always having to much on your plate and being too much of a control freak to let anyone but you find a way to manage all of it. Will we work through these issues together or spiral into a whirlwind of general negativity and bitterness? Only one way to find out... START THE BEAT!

Apr 15, 2014
Start The Beat 003: JACK MUSIL

For the third episode of my new podcast I sat down with my homeboy Jack for a laid back conversation about working during the day, rocking hard at night and grocery shopping with your significant other on Sundays. A solid conversation about finding "inner peace" in the simple things and just doing whatever makes you happy. Yeesh... This sounds like it might actually be a genuinely positive conversation. Only one way to find out... START THE BEAT!

NOTE: There are portions of this episode that drop out and due to circumstances beyond my control I cannot fix them. (Original files no longer available) Sorry!

Apr 7, 2014
Start The Beat 002: TIM INDYK

For the second episode of my new podcast I sat down with my friendly pal Tim for an intense conversation about being a promotor with goals & aspirations bigger than your average DIY joe. We also talk about the struggles of being an artist and getting your name "out there" countered with some potential solutions to these problems. (We're still working it out ourselves so don't take it from us) Defintley recommend this episode for anyone involved in a local music scene because Tim's views may give you a new perspective on things... or they might just piss you off. Only one way to find out... START THE BEAT! 

*Some words from Tim about the episode to note: 

" I don't really feel like starting a war with Roboto/DIY scene people. I don't agree with the attitude I used in talking about it all. People do what they do and that's totally cool. I just don't want this conversation taken out of context when I don't really feel the same way I did a month or so ago, when I had more ambition and when my argument was fresher in my mind. I respect their community and their venue a lot, it takes a lot of cooperation and coordination to have any music scene happen, even if we don't all see eye to eye. I regret saying some negative things about Roboto at one point in the episode. I've since made up (I hope) with at least one person involved with the venue, maybe someday I can summon the courage to talk to the rest of them, but I don't think I can do that right now. 

What I meant to say was basically that I don't agree with the logic, but even then, looking at it now that it's been a while since this was recorded, Who am I to say how they can/should run their space? The takeaway is that there's something for everyone in the city. They exist to fulfill a need that some desire. And that's cool and respectable. Basically I tried to merge different philosophies together that were oil and water. There are some good points to this conversation. But again. I regret those parts that I said."

Apr 1, 2014
Start The Beat 001: JOSH ESCOTO

For the first episode of my new podcast I sat down with my good friend Josh for a lovely conversation about some of our most memorable "first time" experiences. The conversation goes everywhere you might expect and further... Punk Rock, Weird Porn and growing up are just a few of things we talk about in this intimate one on one conversation.

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