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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.

Nov 23, 2016

For the 112th episode I sat down with my friends Nick Miller & Ashley Corts of Black Forge Coffee House for a talk about pursuing your passions, opening a business and living your dreams to the fullest! Black Forge Coffee House is a Cafe/Art Gallery/Music Venue located in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA....


Sep 27, 2016

For the 99th episode I sat down with the brains behind the upcoming Pittsburgh Brewtal Beer Fest, Meg Evans (Rock Bottom Brewery) & James Evans (Spoonwood Brewery) for a talk about the festival and everything you can do to get involved! We also talk about their histories in the beer world and learn all about how they...


Aug 23, 2016

For the 96th episode I sat down with the CEO of Crashtide Clothing, Andre Frye for a talk about the day to day DIY hustle of being an independent entrepreneur and some background about the history of his company. This episode was recorded during the Pittsburgh Warped Tour date on on July 15th, 2016. Sit back, relax and...


Aug 2, 2016

For the 94th episode I sat down with the CEO of Koalacore Clothing, Ricky Sanchez for a talk about the DIY come-up of his company and everything that got him where he is today. Koalacore Clothing is a clothing company dedicated to the prevention of animal abuse. They donate proceeds to a different nonprofit animal...


Jul 19, 2016

For the 93rd episode I sat down with longtime homie Joe Boots for a talk about the various chapters of his life as a punk rock kid, emcee, artist, war veteran, independent business owner and more. Joe is a good dude with a lot of good stories and this conversation is awesome. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!