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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. Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.

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...

May 31, 2016

For the 88th episode, I sat down with local artist and founder of Red Fish Bowl, Chris Boles for a talk about his role in the community as a artist, manager, musician, promoter & more! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 



Apr 12, 2016

For the 81st episode, I sat down with artist Matt Gondek for a talk about his personal journey finding himself through a series of trials and errors that eventually brought him from Pittsburgh to L.A. where he is currently killing it and finally making it all happen! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


Apr 5, 2016

For the 80th episode, I sat down with emcee & visual artist Melody Joy aka Lexa Terrestrial for a talk about being an independent artist in the modern age and pursuing your passions against all odds! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


Mar 15, 2016

For the 78th episode I sat down with Ziggy Sawdust to discuss his self discovery as an artist and the wild journey that brought him to where he is today. A visual artist, event promoter, networker and all-around get shit done-er Ziggy is my kind of person. I had a blast meeting him, seeing his new space in progress and...