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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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Nov 23, 2016
Start The Beat 112: NICK MILLER & ASHLEY CORTS of BLACK FORGE

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. Today on the show we discuss the history of Black Forge, the hurdles they had opening an independent business, what they did to eventually succeed and everything that they have done since! Which is a lot. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!



LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

GET COFFEE CRISIS (SEGA GENESIS GAME): https://megacatstudios.com/pages/get-coffee-crisis

BLACK FORGE FACEBOOOK: https://www.facebook.com/blackforgecoffeehouse/
BLACK FORGE TWITTER:@blackforgepgh
BLACK FORGE INSTAGRAM: @blackforgepgh
BLACK FORGE WEBSITE: http://www.blackforgecoffee.com/

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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

Sep 27, 2016
Start The Beat 099: MEG EVANS & JAMES EVANS of PGH BREWTAL BEER FEST

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 met. Great talk. Great people. Great beer! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 



LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pghbrewtalfest/pgh-brewtal-beer-fest
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/331980757139072/
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pghbrewtalfest/
INSTAGRAM: @pghbrewtalfest
TWITTER: @pghbrewtalfest

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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

Aug 23, 2016
Start The Beat 096: ANDRE FRYE / CRASHTIDE CLOTHING

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 let's START THE BEAT!



LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:

WEBSITE: crashtide.com
BUY STUFF: CRASHTIDE.BIGCARTEL.COM
FACEBOOOK: facebook.com/crashtide
IG: @crashtide // @protectyours
TWITTER: @crashtide

PHOTO: Dan Axelson

HOPE FOR THE DAY WEBSITE: http://www.hftd.org/

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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

Aug 2, 2016
Start The Beat 094: RICKY SANCHEZ / KOALACORE CLOTHING

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 rights organization or non kill shelter every month. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!



LINKS RELATED TO THIS CONVERSATION:


WEBSTORE: koalacoreclothing.com
FACEBOOOK: facebook.com/koalacoreclothing
IG: @koalacore
TWITTER: @Koalacore

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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

Jul 19, 2016
Start The Beat 093: JOE BOOTS

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! 

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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

Sep 2, 2015
Start The Beat 055: TIM POWELL

For the 55th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Tim for a good, lengthy talk about growing up, loving hip hop, pop culture, being a school teacher and pursuing your passions. Check it out!. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

May 5, 2015
Start The Beat 050: JOEY SOLAK

For the 50th (holy cow) episode of #startthebeat I had a much anticipated conversation with the one of the most ridiculous dudes I have ever met. The and only Joey Solak. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Apr 21, 2015
Start The Beat 049: ANASTASIA LANZ

For the 49th episode episode I sat down with my friend Ana for a casual talk about being creative, navigating through adulthood and public bathrooms. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Dec 30, 2014
Start The Beat 2014: END OF THE YEAR WRAP UP

It's the last #startthebeat of 2014!!! So this week I decided to do something a little special and make a few phone calls to some of my past guests. We're going to talk to my Uncle Timmy, Megan Fair, Christmas Eger, Moemaw Naedon, Cody Jones aka Stillborn Identity and Justin Nixon so we can check in and see what they've been up to since we last spoke. I also take some time to personally reflect on the past year of the podcast and tell you a little story about how I spent my Christmas. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

Dec 23, 2014
Start The Beat 037: JOHNNY & CARISSA

For the 37th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friends Johnny and Carissa for an unplanned but welcomed conversation about growing up being the weird kid and trying to navigate through school, flaky friendships and how so much of what we embraced as children, movies, cartoons, comics, music somehow managed to stick with us to this day. We also get into our mutual obsessions with Japanese culture, anime, toys and eventually the conversation turns to focus on Johnny's history as a musician playing in various local bands and the struggles he is currently dealing with involving his control issues and the ability to comprise his ideals while working with other people in creative environments. To top things off we also threw in a few "Random Questions" at the end just for fun so sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! 

Oct 14, 2014
Start The Beat 028: MARIO FUSCA

For the 28th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Mario for a conversation about his relationships with music, art, comedy and everything in between. We also discuss our time spent back in the day writing and recording music together and bring up a lot of inside jokes that nobody will understand but whatever. We talk about Miley Cyrus too... and Pig Destroyer... and Michael Jackson. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

Sep 30, 2014
Start The Beat 026: JOSH ELSASS

For the 26th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my friend Josh and talk about escaping the prison of suburban life to pursue his passions and the crazy journey he has been on ever since. Josh is the type of person that doesn't really seem to take anything in life for granted and it was really awesome to talk to someone with so much focus and positive energy. Don't know about you but I sure could use more of that in my life. This conversation was really inspiring and I'm happy to share it all with you. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

Aug 19, 2014
Start The Beat 020: WILLIAM TURNER SCOTT

For the 20th episode of #startthebeat I sat down with my homie Will and talked a lot about the "alternative subcultures" and lifestyles of tattooing & body modification. Got some pretty cool perspective from both a consumer and business standpoint and I was stoked to talk about some stuff that I typically don't get to talk about. What did I learn? Only one way to find out... Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT!

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