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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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Feb 18, 2019

Holy smokes! I made it to 200 episodes!!! Join me as I tell a story about growing up surrounded by artwork, heavy metal, video games, racism, bullying, criminal activities and so much more. This is my story aka How curiosity curates creativity aka How Mortal Kombat changed my life. Sit back, relax and let's START THE...


Jan 28, 2019

This week I sit down with my friend Ashlee Green for a talk about making zines, doing yoga, checking your ego, being a curious human being and plenty more. Ashlee is the Managing Editor at the Northside Chronicle and puts a lot of time and effort into sharing other peoples stories so I wanted to take this opportunity...


Jan 21, 2019

This week I sit down with my friend Gregg Harrington of the Neon Brainiacs podcast for a talk about Horror Movies, Video Games, Hardcore and so much more. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

Catch Start The Beat and Neon Brainiacs LIVE this Friday, January 25, 2019, alongside Ghoul on Ghoul and Thrifty at Podcast...


Jan 2, 2019

Solo Dolo this week and answering some listener questions including: My personal goals for 2019. My favorite new restaurants. Best Hip-Hop albums of 2018. My feelings on nobody taking Rap-Rock "seriously" and plenty, plenty more. Sit back, relax and let's do the podcast thing or whatever.
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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...