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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.

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...