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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.

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...


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...


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...