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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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Nov 12, 2018

What the heck is going on with Rock music?!?! Join me as I sit down with Abby Krizner of Pittsburgh radio station 105.9 the X and Indie Hip-Hop duo BBGuns for a discussion about the current state of "Rock" music and where we all think things are going with it. 

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Nov 5, 2018

This week I sit down with Pittsburgh DIY Legend Mike Seamans for a thoughtful and unbiased discussion about the role that politics should play in the world of music and why you should probably consider voting. Especially if you plan on wearing band merch with "edgy" political commentary.

Mike also shares some awesome...


Sep 12, 2018

NO TIME TO WASTE! This week I sit down with fellow artist and workaholic Shy Kennedy for a super awesome talk about biting off more than most can chew but loving every minute of it. Shy is involved in a lot of different things that tap into various aspects of the music scene and we dig deep into her thoughts on...


Aug 8, 2018

Weddings! Social Media! Galaxy Quest! ROCK AND ROLL! This week I sit down with the guys in Smokey Bellows for a talk that goes off the rails more than once or twice... However, I still managed to learn a lot about the band and their new album "Devil" scheduled for release on August 17th. I had a lot of fun. These dudes...


Jul 11, 2018

I wasn't quite too sure what to expect when I invited the party animal personas of Stone Cold Killer over my house on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It turns out they're pretty laid back guys when not on a stage melting faces and hearts with their savage Rock n Roll. Join us for a hysterical and insightful conservation about...