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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.

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...

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...

Jan 11, 2017

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!