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Start The Beat is 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.

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Apr 27, 2017

Holy smokes!!! It's the 3 Year Anniversary of Start The Beat! Join me as I sit down with my friends Byron Nash, Meg Fair, Mike Hitt, Lexa Terrestrial & Brett Shumaker for a conversation recorded live at Black Forge Coffee House! We discuss our experiences as working artists and exchange some thoughts on how we can all...

Apr 18, 2017

For the 128th episode of Start The Beat I sat down with Dennis Childers and Steve Sciulli of the band Carsickness. For those of you who don't know, Carsickness was an Art Punk/No Wave band from Pittsburgh who primarily existed from 1979-1982 and are considered to be one of the most influential bands to emerge from the...

Apr 11, 2017

For the 127th episode I sat down with my homies Bob & Steven from the PGH Punk/Crossover band Arm Wrestling Club to discuss all things Punk and not Punk Rock. What even is Punk Rock anymore? Listen and find out. Maybe? Whatever. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!


Apr 4, 2017

For the 126th episode I sat down with my friends in the Grownup Human Comic People for a conversation recorded live at the 2017 Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Convention! My intensions were to discuss the influence of comic books and music on video games throughout the years but as expected, things took a bit of a turn... Sit...