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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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May 19, 2017

Look. I love good food and good drinks and if you have not been to Scratch F&B yet you’re truly messing up! Today I sit down with Don Mahaney, the man with the plan behind Scratch for a talk about owning and operating a restaurant and discuss the interesting parallels between the restaurant and music business. Excellent guy. Excellent talk. Sit back, relax and let’s Start The Beat! 

VISIT: http://www.scratchfoodbev.com/

FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes
FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
AND SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family. Learn all about us at www.epicastnetwork.com.

May 12, 2017

Give me a couple mics and a bunch of beer then throw me into a arts fest and watch what happens! Follow me on this mystical journey through space and time as I talk with a variety of guests and enjoy some live music at the Paint Jam! Featuring conversations and music from Randall Coleman (REDD BRAND APPAREL), Mike Zickefoose, Josh Hovanec (Old Game), Matthew Eugene Stromberg, Spacefish and Greg Richards of the Grownup Human Comic People!

FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes
FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
AND SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family. Learn all about us at www.epicastnetwork.com.

May 4, 2017

If you’re into healthy food, heavy metal guitars, digital marketing and building Earthships this conversation is 110% for you. Join me as I sit down with Gabriel Zydeco Mangold (Delusions Of Grandeur, The Harvest Colour & More) for an insightful conversation on productively juggling everything in your life and maintaining a positive outlook on the world around you. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

Check out some of the projects Gabriel is involved in by following the links below!

Delusions Of Grandeur:
Facebook.com/DoGofficial
Delusionsofgrandeur22.bandcamp.com

Enterprise Earth:
Facebook.com/enterpriseearthband
Staysickrecordings.merchnow.com

The Harvest Colour:
Facebook.com/theharvestcolour
Theharvestcolour.bandcamp.com

Stinkfist:
Facebook.com/stinkfistpgh

FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes
FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
AND SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family. Learn all about us at www.epicastnetwork.com.




Apr 27, 2017

Holy smokes!!! It's the 3 Year Anniversary of Start The Beat! Join me as I sit down with my friends Byron Nash, Meg Fair, Mike Hitt, Lexa Terrestrial & Brett Shumaker for a conversation recorded live at Black Forge Coffee House! We discuss our experiences as working artists and exchange some thoughts on how we can all contribute to make a better “scene”. Get inspired. Get involved. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

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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

Apr 18, 2017

For the 128th episode of Start The Beat I sat down with Dennis Childers and Steve Sciulli of the band Carsickness. For those of you who don't know, Carsickness was an Art Punk/No Wave band from Pittsburgh who primarily existed from 1979-1982 and are considered to be one of the most influential bands to emerge from the prolific Pittsburgh Punk scene of the late 1970s.

Dennis from Carsickness is also one of the curators for the Non-Punk Pittsburgh exhibit currently showing at the Space gallery on Liberty Ave in Downtown PGH which is a retrospective of the music and arts during the fall of the industrial revolution that opened the door for the vibrant arts community Pittsburgh has today.

I talk with Dennis and Steve about what the music scene was like in Pittsburgh during the late 70’s/early 80’s and compare it a bit to how things are today. Even after Carsickness, Dennis & Steve have both continued to write music and play in bands together throughout the years and are still at it today!

At Get Hip Records, we just re-released some of the original Carsickness material, re-mastered on Vinyl & CD and they are hosting a release party for it on April 21st at the Non-Punk Pittsburgh event. They will be performing together live for the first time in a long time alongside The Full Counts & The Nox Boys. It’s a FREE event. Be There if you can!

Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

CARSICKNESS on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/carsickness/
NON-PUNK PITTSBURGH on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/NonPunkPittsburgh
CARSICKNESS Release Show:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1011585828971666/

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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



Apr 11, 2017

For the 127th episode I sat down with my homies Bob & Steven from the PGH Punk/Crossover band Arm Wrestling Club to discuss all things Punk and not Punk Rock. What even is Punk Rock anymore? Listen and find out. Maybe? Whatever. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

http://armwrestlingclub.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pg/ArmWrestlingClubPGH/

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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

Apr 4, 2017

For the 126th episode I sat down with my friends in the Grownup Human Comic People for a conversation recorded live at the 2017 Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Convention! My intensions were to discuss the influence of comic books and music on video games throughout the years but as expected, things took a bit of a turn... Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

http://pittsburghretrogaming.com/
http://grownuphumans.com/

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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 & Grownup Human Comic People are both part of the Epicast family.

www.epicastnetwork.com

Mar 21, 2017

For the 125th episode I sat down with Si Lewis of the band Amplifiers for a talk about the journey and sometimes, the struggle of being a productive and consistent artist while simultaneously trying to “adult” properly. We also discuss our shared perspectives on trying to keep a positive attitude through all of the noise in our heads and understanding that the world is a very, very busy place. Everyone has a life to juggle and at the end of the day, it’s all about pursuing the things makes us and the people we share our lives with happy. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

facebook.com/amplifiersmakenoise/
amplifiersmakenoise.bandcamp.com/
amplifiersband.com/

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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


Mar 14, 2017

For the 124th episode I sat down with Trevor, Allison & Mark from The Long Hunt. For those of you not familiar, The Long Hunt is a instrumental rock band with a very minimal but complex sound that transcends multiple genres. During this conversation we dig deep into their creative processes, inspiration & personal histories as musicians. As a band, The Long Hunt is barely a year old but Trevor, Allison & Mark have all been putting music into the world for years through various other projects and this a really awesome conversation with a group of experienced individuals continuously pursuing their creative passions . Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!


LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

https://thelonghunt.bandcamp.com/album/wilderness-tales
https://trevorrichardsmusic.com

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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



Mar 7, 2017

For the 123rd episode I sat down with singer/songwriter Rachel Lynne for a talk about her journey as a musician throughout the years. We also have a special appearance from Buddy Hoebler to discuss his role in the recent evolution of her solo music into a full band experience. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!


LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
https://www.facebook.com/rlynnemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/rachellynne

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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

Feb 21, 2017

For the 122nd episode I sat down with Steph and Jesse aka THE LOPEZ for a talk about the history and evolution of their band as well as some of the things currently on the horizon for them. We also discuss some of the stuff that they do outside of THE LOPEZ such as Steph's involvement with LADYFEST, Jesse's record collection and their joined involvement with the DLTSGDOM collective. They are currently working on recording new material with Madeleine Campbell and since I crashed a studio session to do this episode she makes a guest appearance as well! Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:


THE LOPEZ: https://www.facebook.com/thelopeztheband
LADYFEST: https://www.facebook.com/LadyfestPittsburgh
DLTSGDOM: https://www.facebook.com/dltsgdom

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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

 


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Feb 7, 2017

For the 121st episode I sat down with the General Manager of Wild Kindness Records, Donald Ducote for an awesome talk about his journey & views on the world as an independent artist and everything that that has paved the way for where he is today. Outside of running a label, Donald plays in the band Ancient History which we also talk about and we also talk a lot about Star Wars and Bill & Ted. Rad dude. Great talk. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

WILD KINDNESS: facebook.com/wildkindnessrecords
ANCIENT HISTORY: facebook.com/AncientHistoryPGH


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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




Feb 7, 2017

For the 120th episode I sat down with my long time friend AJ of Save Us From The Archon for a talk about his creative process and some behind the scenes talk about what it is like working day to day in the music business. Lot’s of cool points about transitioning from the DIY landscape where you have 100% control of your art into a world where you have to submit to the wants & demands of of others for the “greater good” of your brand. Woah. Deep stuff. Awesome talk. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

SUFTA FACEBOOK: facebook.com/suftapa
SUFTA BANDCAMP: saveusfromthearchon.bandcamp.com

EPISODE 23 of START THE BEAT w/ AJ & NESLON (SEPTEMBER 2014):
http://startthebeat.libsyn.com/episode-023-nelson-aj

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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

Jan 31, 2017

For the 119th episode I cracked a couple beers open with Derek and Trevor from the band Choir and talked about a lot of stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with their band. For those of you who don’t know, Choir are a 4 piece Noise Rock band from Pittsburgh, PA who has been active for 2-ish years. I like them a lot. They are currently finishing up their debut full length album. This excites me. We eventually talk about it. Good times. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!



LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

CHOIR FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/choirnoisepgh/

CHOIR BANDCAMP: https://choirpgh.bandcamp.com

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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

Jan 24, 2017

For the 118th episode I sat down with Pittsburgh, PA based DJ/Producer Duo Tracksplotation for a talk about their histories and personal experiences as electronic musicians who have been performing live for the better part of a decade. We also discuss some of the more technical aspects that go into their craft & unique blend of Dance/HipHop/Turntablism/Mash-up style live performances. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

FACEBOOK: @Tracksploitation
YOUTUBE: @TracksploitationTV
BANDCAMP: tracksploitation.bandcamp.com
TWITTER: @Tracksploiters
INSTAGRAM: @tracksploitation

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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

Jan 11, 2017
Start The Beat 117: HUGH TWYMAN of HUGHSHOWS

For the 117th episode I sat down with Pittsburgh, PA based photographer/blogger Hugh Twyman for a talk about his history in the scene and his experiences covering it for the past 12+ years! Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!




LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

BLOG: http://hughshowsredux.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HughShows-Photography-297710643584664/
YOUTUBE: http://tinyurl.com/zm6vuo4


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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

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