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START THE BEAT with Sikes

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.
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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 prolific Pittsburgh Punk scene of the late 1970s.

Dennis from Carsickness is also one of the curators for the Non-Punk Pittsburgh exhibit currently showing at the Space gallery on Liberty Ave in Downtown PGH which is a retrospective of the music and arts during the fall of the industrial revolution that opened the door for the vibrant arts community Pittsburgh has today.

I talk with Dennis and Steve about what the music scene was like in Pittsburgh during the late 70’s/early 80’s and compare it a bit to how things are today. Even after Carsickness, Dennis & Steve have both continued to write music and play in bands together throughout the years and are still at it today!

At Get Hip Records, we just re-released some of the original Carsickness material, re-mastered on Vinyl & CD and they are hosting a release party for it on April 21st at the Non-Punk Pittsburgh event. They will be performing together live for the first time in a long time alongside The Full Counts & The Nox Boys. It’s a FREE event. Be There if you can!

Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

CARSICKNESS on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/carsickness/
NON-PUNK PITTSBURGH on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/NonPunkPittsburgh
CARSICKNESS Release Show:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1011585828971666/

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SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes
START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.

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May 31, 2016
Start The Beat 088: CHRIS BOLES

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! 



LINKS RELATED TO THISCONVERSATION:

WEBSITE: www.redfishbowl.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/redfishbowl
TWITTER: @REDFISHBOWLart
INSTAGRAM: @redfishbowl

CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON THE LAYER CAKE FESTIVAL JUNE 3-4
CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON THE SOUTH SIDE ART CRAWL JUNE 18
 

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SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes

START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
www.epicastnetwork.com

Apr 12, 2016
Start The Beat 081: MATT GONDEK

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! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
•Website: gondekdraws.com

•Instagram: @gondekdraws
•Twitter: @Mattgondek

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SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM:instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes

START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
www.epicastnetwork.com

Apr 5, 2016
Start The Beat 080: MELODY JOY aka LEXA TERRESTRIAL

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! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:
•iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lex-files/id1087955446
•Website: LexaTerrestrial.com

•Online Shop: http://www.lexaterrestrial.com/shop
•Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/lexaterrestrial
•Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lexaterrestrial
•TWITTER/IG: @LexaTerrestrial

Photo Credit: @fotobrad

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SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM:instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes

START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
www.epicastnetwork.com

Mar 15, 2016
Start The Beat 078: ZIGGY SAWDUST

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 recording this conversation for all of you to listen to. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

https://www.facebook.com/ziggysawdustproductions
https://www.facebook.com/LayerCakeFest/
http://www.ziggysawdustproductions.com/
http://layercakefest.com/


Photo Credit: Timothy Cox

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SIKES TWITTER: twitter.com/therealsikes
SIKES INSTAGRAM:instagram.com/therealsikes
SIKES FACEBOOK: facebook.com/therealsikes

START THE BEAT FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast
RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG

www.therealsikes.com

Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.
www.epicastnetwork.com

May 19, 2015
Start The Beat 052: KRISTA WRIGHT

For the 52nd episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Krista from Runaway Studios and the Matress Factory for a really cool talk discussing the parallels between the D.I.Y. music world and the D.I.Y. art world in Pittsburgh as well as art and life in general. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS CONVERSATION: 
www.facebook.com/runawaystudiospgh 
www.facebook.com/MattressFactory 

Apr 14, 2015
Start The Beat 048: HANNAH ALTMAN

For the 48th episode episode I sat down with my friend Hannah who you may or may not already know is responsible for all of the photography/art stuff I'm using for my new album. We talk about her evolution as a artist going from being a big fish in a small town pond to moving for school and becoming a small fish in a big city pond followed by her recent growth spurt into becoming a slightly bigger fish thanks to the magical powers of the internet. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 


Links relevant to this conversation: 
www.hannahaltmanphoto.com 
www.facebook.com/hannahaltmanphoto 

Dec 16, 2014
Start The Beat 036: BOB FREYER aka DURTY ART

For the 36th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with Bob Freyer aka Durty Art and had a productive conversation about his artwork and everything that has inspired him to create the work he produces. We talk about a ton of stuff including graffiti, marketing your "brand", navigating through the business side of the art world and of course... the "haters". No stones left unturned this week! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS DISCUSSION:
rawartists.org/durtyart
instagram.com/durtyart
facebook.com/durtyarts

Sep 23, 2014
Start The Beat 025: DAVE WATT

For the 25th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my homie Dave Watt and picked his brain for an hour about beer, art, music, his creative process surrounding both of those things and his love for anything with chicken in it. I am rather fond of this guy and all of the awesome things he has contributed to the world and you should be too. Check out his art here: davewatt.tumblr.com Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

Jul 29, 2014
Start The Beat 017: CALEB PASS

For the 17th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Caleb for a conversation about writing short stories and hating your day-job. To be completely honest I haven't even listened to this episode since we recorded it so whatever. We'll all just have to wait and see what happens... Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

Jul 22, 2014
Start The Beat 016: GENEVIEVE BARBEE

For the 16th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Genevieve for a conversation about podcasting, painting and all other sorts of creative jibber-jabber. She runs a website called www.apcollector.net and she does lots of cool stuff and I'm bad at typing these introductions so just sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

Jun 17, 2014
Start The Beat 012: MICHELLE DOLL

For the 12th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my new friend Michelle and we got to know each other a little better all while a microphone was recording us. Everyone does that right? Totally not awkward or anything... What came out of it was actually a pretty solid conversation about childhood, growing up, finding "the scene", the ups and downs of doing freelance artwork, alternative subcultures and more! Curious to learn some things you might not already know about the both of us? There's only one way to find out people... START THE BEAT!

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