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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.

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...


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...


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!