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A podcast about independent artists for independent artists. Each episode highlights different humans from all walks of life and their individual stories about inspiration, determination, struggle and so much more. Dive into the fantastic minds of these amazing people, absorb some useful knowledge and expand your perspective on the world around you! It's like, really important and stuff… or whatever. Curated, Produced and Hosted by Sikes. Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.

Dec 7, 2017

I'm back in the heart of NYC this week for a HIGHLY requested follow up episode with my Uncle/Aunt Tina Benez! This time we dive deep into gender politics, taboo vocabulary and get a very unfiltered and unapologetic perspective on some of the experiences that made Tina who she is today. Sit back, relax and let's...


Nov 30, 2017

Who's got the bounce?!?! This week I sit down with singer/songwriter, visual artist & promoter Clara Kent for an inspiring talk about the productivity of teamwork, staying focused on your goals and having fun doing what you love. We also talk about anime because well… duh. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat!


Nov 16, 2017

Some of my favorite conversations on this podcast are the ones where I meet somebody and have my first face to face conversation with them recorded for the whole world to hear. This week we add another one of these to the list as I sit down and get to know fellow PGH Hip-Hop artist Walkman. Sit back, relax and lets...


Nov 9, 2017

Run to the hills... Run for your lives!!! This week I sit down with Lee Prisby for a talk about playing in heavy metal bands, navigating social media and diving into the deep, dark abyss that is becoming a YouTube content creator. Lee plays in the band Klaymore and is one half of the video game based YouTube channel...


Nov 2, 2017

This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell plus my girlfriend Stacey Stockdill to discuss more songs on the Billboard music charts and breakdown what we either hate or surprisingly love about them. This time we're analyzing the TOP 5 tracks on the Hot 100. Kinda... You'll see. This episode...