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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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Now displaying: December, 2014
Dec 30, 2014
Start The Beat 2014: END OF THE YEAR WRAP UP

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 been up to since we last spoke. I also take some time to personally reflect on the past year of the podcast and tell you a little story about how I spent my Christmas. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

Dec 23, 2014
Start The Beat 037: JOHNNY & CARISSA

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 stick with us to this day. We also get into our mutual obsessions with Japanese culture, anime, toys and eventually the conversation turns to focus on Johnny's history as a musician playing in various local bands and the struggles he is currently dealing with involving his control issues and the ability to comprise his ideals while working with other people in creative environments. To top things off we also threw in a few "Random Questions" at the end just for fun so sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Dec 16, 2014
Start The Beat 036: BOB FREYER aka DURTY ART

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 world and of course... the "haters". No stones left unturned this week! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS DISCUSSION:
rawartists.org/durtyart
instagram.com/durtyart
facebook.com/durtyarts

Dec 9, 2014
Start The Beat - 10 RANDOM QUESTIONS: DETHLEHEM

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 that they submitted to me and the band didn't have any idea that they were about to be interviewed. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS DISCUSSION:
facebook.com/dethlehem
youtube.com/dethlehem

Dec 2, 2014
Start The Beat 035: SHAUN SWEENEY

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 back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS DISCUSSION:
facebook.com/insteadofsleeping

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