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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.

Oct 31, 2016

For the 107th episode I sat down with singer/songwriter ALLEGRA for a talk about influences, self-recording, discovering the "scene" and becoming a part of it. ALLEGRA also just released a new EP and has a record release show coming up which we talked about as well. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 



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Oct 30, 2016

For the 106th episode I sat down with Dylan and Spencer from the band FULL OF HELL for a talk about their influences as creators, electronic music, the current state of "modern" extreme music and where exactly they fit into all of it. Awesome talk. Great band. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 



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Oct 20, 2016

For the 105th episode I sat down with David B of the band Pet Clinic and talked about the 24/7 hustle of being in a DIY band and why it's even worth the effort in the first place. We also dive into his personal background and discuss some of the things that helped make David the David he is today. Sit back, relax...


Oct 19, 2016

For the 104th episode I sat down with Brandon Lehman of the bands Mace Ballard & Swiss Army for a talk about his influences as a singer/songwriter and the all too familiar struggle juggle of multiple projects. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


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Oct 18, 2016

For the 103rd episode I sat down with music producer extraordinaire C. Scott for a talk about the Pittsburgh music scene, hip-hop, house music, making beats, vinyl records and everything in his life that has brought him to where he is today. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


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