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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.

Apr 26, 2016

For the 83rd episode, I sat down with the guys in Wreck Loose for a talk about the history of their band, their experiences in the Pittsburgh music scene, recording their new album and playing what seems to be a lot of video games. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Wreck Loose will be playing the Framework...

Apr 21, 2016

For the 82nd episode I sat down with my homeboy and fellow Pittsburgh musician Mikey O'Toole for a talk about growing up around music, playing in bands, peanut allergies, making bad home moves on camcorders with your high school friends and just being an all around chill dude. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Apr 12, 2016

For the 81st episode, I sat down with artist Matt Gondek for a talk about his personal journey finding himself through a series of trials and errors that eventually brought him from Pittsburgh to L.A. where he is currently killing it and finally making it all happen! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


Apr 5, 2016

For the 80th episode, I sat down with emcee & visual artist Melody Joy aka Lexa Terrestrial for a talk about being an independent artist in the modern age and pursuing your passions against all odds! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!