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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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Dec 22, 2015
Start The Beat 070: HARRISON THURMAN

For the 70th episode I sat down for my first conversation ever with Harrison Thurman. We get to know each other a bit over some discussion about our backgrounds in music, the local music scene and the artists outside of our scene that we listen to and look up to. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://www.facebook.com/salvagethetongue/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Highwayyys-37312843063/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/LawnCareMusic/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/bugbitespgh/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Spider-House-Shows-and-Booking-110779115720326/?fref=ts

SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM:instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes

START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
www.epicastnetwork.com

Dec 15, 2015
Start The Beat 069: DAN PALERMO

For the 69th episode I sit down with Dan Palermo for one of the most off the wall talks I have had to date and I don't even know how to put it all into words. To be honest, It may be best if you're as blind going into this as I was when I sat down with Dan to record this episode. All I knew about him before we met this on this day was that he was the brother of my friend Joe and also that he used to work in the adult film industry. Turns out this guy has lived quite the life and it's a really entertaining conversation. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 
 

SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM:instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes

START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
www.epicastnetwork.com

Dec 8, 2015
Start The Beat 068: JOSH BAKAITUS

For the 68th episode I sat down with Josh Bakaitus and chances are if you are involved in the Pittsburgh music scene you already know who Josh is but for those of you who don’t Josh is a local concert promoter who has been putting events together for over 15 years including the Strip District Music Fest which is coming up on Saturday January 16th. If you don’t know what theStrip District Music Fest is don’t worry because me and Josh are going to talk a lot about it a lot today… as well as diving into some history lessons about his origins as a show promoter and a lot, lot more. Much like myself, Josh is really passionate person when it comes to his job and the local music scene and this is a great conversation. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 
 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

SDMF WBSITE: stripdistrictmusicfest.com
SDMF EVENT PAGE: facebook.com/events/888264744583346
SDMF ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/stripdistrictmusicfest
SDMF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/stripmusicfest

SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM:instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes

START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
www.epicastnetwork.com

Dec 1, 2015
Start The Beat 067: JASON MARTINKO

For the 67th episode I sat down with musician, film director & author Jason Martinko for a talk about his love of music, horror and old-school adult films! We discuss the various projects he has worked on over the years, his experiences being such a diverse content creator as well as what lies on the horizon for this man of many, many hats. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 
 
LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://www.facebook.com/The-XXX-Filmography-1968-1988-1375263219361112/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/gonethewayofflesh/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/braddockbrothers/
https://www.facebook.com/thejasonmartinkorevue/

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv

Nov 17, 2015
Start The Beat 066: ALEKSANDER PIHL

For the 66th episode I sat down with Aleksander Pihl  from the bands Grey. & 156/Silence for a lengthy talk about his love for creating music and the everyday struggle of getting that music heard. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 
 
LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://www.facebook.com/156Silence
https://www.facebook.com/StacheandOveralls

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv/

Nov 10, 2015
Start The Beat 065: CLARISSA BADINI

For the 65th episode I sat down with Clarissa Badini from the band Tartarus for an awesome talk about our experiences being both avid fans and creators of heavy metal along with some personal stories about her musical background, role models and how she grew into becoming a strong, independent female force in the DIY music community. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 
 
LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://tartarus1.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Tartarus-580145275413584

SEE TARTARUS LIVE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13TH @ CATTIVO
w/ DETHLEHEM & VICTIMS OF CONTAGION 
https://www.facebook.com/events/979626215435203/

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv/

Nov 3, 2015
Start The Beat 064: ALFONSO CIVLLE

For the 64th episode I sat down with Alfonso Civlle from the band Heartsick (FKA Know Lyfe) for a solid conversation about his long history in the DIY music world and the non-stop grind of being an independent musician. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 
 
LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
www.heartsickband.com
www.facebook.com/heartsickband
heartsickband.bandcamp.com/



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http://epicast.tv/

Oct 20, 2015
Start The Beat 063: ANDY MARRAPODE

For the 63rd episode I sat down with Andy Marrapode for a nostalgic talk about how we got into creating music, how we met each other and the give an overview of the projects we have worked on both together and separately over the years. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
www.facebook.com/plutocratnoose
Casanova Sparks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lCy_OQE-CQ

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv/

Oct 13, 2015
Start The Beat 062: SCOTT MASSIE

For the 62nd episode I sat down with Scott Massie of the Innervenus Music Collective and Black Yoga for a talk about pursuing your creative passions against all odds. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://www.facebook.com/theinnervenusmusiccollective
https://www.facebook.com/BlackYoga1
https://www.facebook.com/events/1613061185612192/

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv/

Sep 22, 2015
Start The Beat 061: PETE FINNIGAN

For the 61st episode I sat down with Pete Finnigan of Kid Durango for a conversation about his experiences living in Pittsburgh, living in New Orleans, living with the paranormal, learning to understand/ embrace different cultures and balancing his "professional" career alongside his music career. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://kiddurango.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KidDurangoPA
https://www.facebook.com/events/1620951954860486/

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv/

Sep 15, 2015
Start The Beat 060: CHRIS STOWE

For the 60th episode I sat down with Chris Stowe of A-F Records, White Wives & Worlds Scariest Police Chases for a conversation about his experiences as an underground musician and working for an independent record label. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://chrisstowe.bandcamp.com/
www.a-frecords.com


Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv/

Sep 8, 2015
Start The Beat 059: THE SICKHOUSE

For the 59th episode I sat down with Jackson, John Paul, Ben and Trevor of THE SICKHOUSE (A DIY concert venue and recording studio ran out of a house in Homestead, PA) for a talk about the "scene", DIY show spaces, recording music and pursuing your passions at any cost! This is a great conversation for anyone involved in the underground music scene or DIY community. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://www.facebook.com/thesickhousehomestead
https://www.facebook.com/HradioSignal
https://www.facebook.com/hdmath
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luminaire/846742645365574
https://www.facebook.com/LamanteMusic
https://www.facebook.com/blackgiravves
https://www.facebook.com/staticdeathpgh

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
http://epicast.tv/

Sep 7, 2015
Start The Beat 058: NEAL DUDASH

For the 58th episode I sat down with the dude Neal Dudash for a pretty long talk about music, playing in bands, food, fashion, coffee, things we love, things we hate and everything in between! The conversation goes all over the place but it's rad and Neal is a rad dude. Good times. Good talk. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Sep 4, 2015
Start The Beat 057: HARRISON WARGO

For the 57th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with Harrison of BADBOXES for a talk about discovering music, creating music, producing music and overall just being completely consumed by everything that is "music". Really cool dude. The conversation gets a little technical and nerdy at some points but I personally like that and it's my show so deal with it. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Links relevant to this conversation: 
badboxes.com 
facebook.com/badboxes 
badboxes.bandcamp.com 

Sep 3, 2015
Start The Beat 056: PAUL THOMAS ZITO

For the 56th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Paul about the discovery of electronic music and the sometimes overlooked and misunderstood craft of producing it. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Links relevant to this conversation: 
facebook.com/paulthomaszito 
paulthomaszito.bandcamp.com 

Sep 2, 2015
Start The Beat 055: TIM POWELL

For the 55th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Tim for a good, lengthy talk about growing up, loving hip hop, pop culture, being a school teacher and pursuing your passions. Check it out!. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Sep 1, 2015
Start The Beat 054: JON AHN

For the 54th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my homie Jon from edhochuli & Caylx for a talk about punk rock, power rangers, staying positive and everything else that comes with being in a DIY musician. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS CONVERSATION: 
edhochuli.tumblr.com 
edhochuli.bandcamp.com 
www.facebook.com/calyxpgh 

Aug 31, 2015
Start The Beat 053: NORTHERN GOLD

For the 53rd episode of #startthebeat I sat down with Jake, Bill and Evan from Northern Gold for a talk about the evolution of Jake's experience as a singer/songwriter and everything that led up to him forming his new band, Northern Gold. It's a really cool talk dealing with how time can shape the creative process and how team work makes the dream work. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS CONVERSATION: 
notherngold.bandcamp.com 
facebook.com/northerngoldpa 
youtu.be/89VVBj1RWzw 

May 19, 2015
Start The Beat 052: KRISTA WRIGHT

For the 52nd episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Krista from Runaway Studios and the Matress Factory for a really cool talk discussing the parallels between the D.I.Y. music world and the D.I.Y. art world in Pittsburgh as well as art and life in general. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS CONVERSATION: 
www.facebook.com/runawaystudiospgh 
www.facebook.com/MattressFactory 

May 12, 2015
Start The Beat 051: DEREK ZANETTI

For the 51st episode of #startthebeat I sat down with Derek Zanetti aka The Homeless Gospel Choir for a conversation about his evolution both as a listener and a creator of music, the Pittsburgh scene and the D.I.Y. community as a whole. Awesome dude. Solid talk! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS CONVERSATION: 
facebook.com/TheHomelessGospelChoir 
thehomelessgospelchoir.bandcamp.com 

May 5, 2015
Start The Beat 050: JOEY SOLAK

For the 50th (holy cow) episode of #startthebeat I had a much anticipated conversation with the one of the most ridiculous dudes I have ever met. The and only Joey Solak. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Apr 21, 2015
Start The Beat 049: ANASTASIA LANZ

For the 49th episode episode I sat down with my friend Ana for a casual talk about being creative, navigating through adulthood and public bathrooms. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Apr 14, 2015
Start The Beat 048: HANNAH ALTMAN

For the 48th episode episode I sat down with my friend Hannah who you may or may not already know is responsible for all of the photography/art stuff I'm using for my new album. We talk about her evolution as a artist going from being a big fish in a small town pond to moving for school and becoming a small fish in a big city pond followed by her recent growth spurt into becoming a slightly bigger fish thanks to the magical powers of the internet. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


Links relevant to this conversation: 
www.hannahaltmanphoto.com 
www.facebook.com/hannahaltmanphoto 

Apr 7, 2015
Start The Beat 047: BRETTE CIAMARRA

For the 47th episode episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Brette from Studio 344 and the band Belie My Burial for a cool talk about being a musician, producer, recording engineer and all of the positives/negatives that come with these things. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


Links relevant to this conversation: 
www.facebook.com/studio344recordings 
www.facebook.com/beliemyburialband 

Mar 31, 2015
Start The Beat 046: LAURA LEE BURKHARDT

For the 46th episode episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Laura Lee for for a great talk about everything that comes with being a "D.I.Y." artist. We also get into the connections we have with each other as humans in today's disengaged society as well as the connections we have with ourselves. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

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