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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.

Sep 27, 2016

For the 99th episode I sat down with the brains behind the upcoming Pittsburgh Brewtal Beer Fest, Meg Evans (Rock Bottom Brewery) & James Evans (Spoonwood Brewery) for a talk about the festival and everything you can do to get involved! We also talk about their histories in the beer world and learn all about how they...

Sep 24, 2016

For the 98th episode I sat down with superstar drummer David Varlotto for a talk about death metal and the internet. Some other stuff too. Whatever. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


Sep 13, 2016

For the 97th episode of I sat down with Derek Zanetti aka The Homeless Gospel Choir for a second conversation. This time we discussed the generation gap and some of our difficulties aging in the "scene". Great time as always! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!