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Music · Art · Underground · Pittsburgh // Figuring it out. One week at a time.

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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Dec 13, 2018

IT'S ALMOST 2019. TIME TO GET YOUR S**T TOGETHER! I see too many talented artists not getting work and too many local businesses with terrible branding. WHY IS THIS AN ISSUE?!?!
 
This week I sit down with the Founder/Owner of Apis Mead & Winery, Dave Cerminara and Pittsburgh based Visual Artist JOKTAN for a...


Dec 3, 2018

Here it is! Everyone has an opinion. Let's make this noisy room a little louder with my TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2018! ;-)

1. NIGHT VERSES - From The Gallery Of Sleep
2. RIVERS OF NIHIL- Where Owls Know My Name
3. DAUGHTERS - You Won't Get What You Want
4. U.S. GIRLS - In A Poem Unlimited
5. JUDAS PRIEST - Firepower
6. ROLO...


Nov 27, 2018

WHAT IN THE FLAPJACKIN FLIPFLOPS DO MUSIC & FOOD HAVE IN COMMON?!?! A LOT. According to me anyways... This week I discuss the art and business of cooking and the parallels it shares with the world of independent music. Featuring a new super rad panel of culinary/musician/artist friends from the Pittsburgh area.
 


Nov 19, 2018

Hey. Wanna hear some jokes n'at? This week I sit down with John Dick Winters for a conversation about the world of stand-up and the recently launched Burning Bridges Comedy Club.

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Nov 12, 2018

What the heck is going on with Rock music?!?! Join me as I sit down with Abby Krizner of Pittsburgh radio station 105.9 the X and Indie Hip-Hop duo BBGuns for a discussion about the current state of "Rock" music and where we all think things are going with it. 

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