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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.

Feb 24, 2015

For the 41st episode episode of #startthebeat I sat down with Lazy JP for a talk about all things that come with being a lover of music and a creator of music. We'll talk about his beginnings as an emcee, discuss/debate the creative process and talk about the steps he has taken since then to get where he is today. Sit...


Feb 17, 2015

For the 40th episode episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend William James for a solid talk about what it takes to get your "voice" heard and dealing with the struggles of keeping that "voice" loud enough for anyone to notice it through all the other noise in the world. Great talk. Great dude. Sit back,...


Feb 10, 2015

For the 39th episode episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my new friend Ryan of the band Dead Batteries and local screen-printing powerhouse Ink Division for a solid talk about trying to navigate through "adulthood" while maintaining our punk roots and DIY ethics. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!  

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Feb 3, 2015

For the 38th episode and first 2015 episode of #startthebeat I sat down with Basick Sickness for an awesome talk about being misfits in the Hip-Hop scene and everything that inspires us to continue pushing forward against the odds. Sit back, relax and lets START THE...