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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.

Aug 17, 2017

This week I sit down with AJ Worrell of Preserving Silence Records to discuss running an independent music label & distro, DIY merchandising and the work ethics of underground musicians in the digital age. We also talk a bit about our shared struggles that stem from our "collectors mentalities" and coming up in a...


Aug 10, 2017

This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell to discuss the current Top 5 Singles on the Billboard music charts and breakdown what we either hate or surprisingly love about them. This episode was recorded on July 26, 2017 so the current Top 5 Singles may be different now but I can promise you,...


Aug 3, 2017

This week I sit down with Tim Indyk of Moshpit to talk DIY show promotion, self discovery and taking the jump to pursue your passions full-time. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! 

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Jul 27, 2017

*To the tune of the 1960's Spider-Man theme song* Raymond Strife. Raymond Strife. Does whatever a Raymond Likes. Does a tour - Any size. Dropping Beats - Spitting rhymes. Look out! Here comes the Raymond Strife! This week I sit down with the superhero Raymond Strife for a talk about the DIY Hip Hop scene, touring and...


Jul 20, 2017

It’s a Half Juggalo, Half Ric Flair party on this weeks NU episode of Start The Beat! I pour a couple beers and sit down with fellow musician/air horn enthusiast, Jesse Turnball for an introspective conversation about the how the bar for talent continues to keep getting higher and higher in modern “extreme” music....