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Start The Beat 181: Smokey Bellows

8/8/2018
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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 are awesome. You'll dig 'em. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! APPLE: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG GOOGLE: https://bit.ly/2ww5bRV STITCHER:...

Duration:01:29:47

Start The Beat 180: Chad Medved

7/18/2018
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TIME FOR A SWITCH UP! If you follow me outside of this podcast you may have caught me on an episode of I'll Call You Right Back hosted by this weeks guest, Chad Medved. I had a really good time on his show so it only felt right to have him on mine. Join us for a talk about his recent experiences breaking into stand up comedy, the perils of keeping up with mens fashion, drinking sparkling water and loads more. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! APPLE:...

Duration:01:49:21

Start The Beat 179: Stone Cold Killer

7/11/2018
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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 their history as a band, life outside of the band and playing/marketing straight up ROCK music in 2018. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! APPLE:...

Duration:00:57:17

Start The Beat 178: Darin DiNapoli & Byron Nash | 360 Degrees Of Music

7/6/2018
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Friends Darin DiNapoli & Byron Nash stop by the studio to talk about their new collaborative project titled 360 Degrees Of Music. A series of short documentary films that will take you inside the world of musicians whose lives revolve 360 degrees around music shot entirely with 360 cameras! Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! View the film: http://360degreesofmusic.com/ APPLE: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG GOOGLE: https://bit.ly/2ww5bRV STITCHER: https://bit.ly/2slB0s3 TUNEIN:...

Duration:01:44:48

Start The Beat 177: Ashley & Nick | Black Forge Coffee House

6/27/2018
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Coffee! Community! Heavy Metal! This week I sit back down with my good friends Ashley Corts and Nick Miller of Black Forge Coffee House for a talk about their currently active Kickstarter campaign to open a second location and take their brand to the next level. This is a great talk about the values of teamwork and personal sacrifice to give your hustle more muscle and turn your dreams into a reality. Sit back, relax and lets START THE BEAT! APPLE: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG GOOGLE:...

Duration:00:50:06

Start The Beat 176: The Me Toos

6/20/2018
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This week I sit down at the Get Hip Records warehouse with PGH Rock N' Rollers The Me Toos for a talk about growing up, playing rock music and having fun with your friends. It was nice. These guys are nice. It's a nice conversation. If you listened to it that would be nice. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! APPLE: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG GOOGLE: https://bit.ly/2ww5bRV STITCHER: https://bit.ly/2slB0s3 TUNEIN: https://bit.ly/2xrVzrJ YOUTUBE:...

Duration:01:33:01

Start The Beat 175: William Matheny

6/13/2018
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Singer/songwriter William Matheny joins us this week. He's a nice guy. Pretty funny too. Writes really good music. A triple threat for sure. This is an awesome talk and You're a dum-dum if you skip it. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! APPLE: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG GOOGLE: https://bit.ly/2ww5bRV STITCHER: https://bit.ly/2slB0s3 TUNEIN: https://bit.ly/2xrVzrJ YOUTUBE: https://bit.ly/2sr7Q9Z www.therealsikes.com Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family. Learn all...

Duration:01:14:05

Start The Beat 174: Mario Fusca

6/6/2018
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Mario has known me longer than anyone else who has ever been or ever will be on my podcast. We've been through a lot together and it's always a blast getting to sit down and chat with him. Join us for a super fun conversation full of film, food, comedy, music and everything in between. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! APPLE: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG GOOGLE: https://bit.ly/2ww5bRV STITCHER: https://bit.ly/2slB0s3 TUNEIN: https://bit.ly/2xrVzrJ YOUTUBE:...

Duration:01:30:22

Start The Beat 173: The Long Hunt

5/31/2018
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On Episode 173 Trevor and Allison from The Long Hunt join me to talk all things music. Writing, recording, performing and everything in between. They have a new album titled "All Paths Lead To Here" that is set to release on June 1st but is available for streaming NOW on their website. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! Listen to The Long Hunt: https://listentothelonghunt.com/ Listen to our original conversation from 2017: https://bit.ly/2kAYxB1 SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW...

Duration:01:11:41

Start The Beat 172: Suavity's Mouthpiece

5/25/2018
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This week I sit down with Pittsburgh post-punk/pop band Suavity's Mouthpiece over a couple cups of coffee for a talk about the creative process, local scenes and a lot more. The band is reuniting for some shows in celebration of their 10th anniversary and you can learn about it right here RIGHT NOW. You can click the following link after this paragraph to learn more as well. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING...

Duration:00:42:58

Start The Beat 171: Brendan Cope |For Rest

5/17/2018
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This week Brendan Cope returns to the show for a talk about his new music project FOR REST and the artistic transformations he has made since we last spoke back on Episode 102 back in October of 2016. He is getting ready to drop some new material really soon and we dig deep into the creative process and the constant evolutions that exist within the mind of a hungry artist. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! Keep up with For Rest on Instagram: @i_am_for_rest Listen to our...

Duration:00:52:28

Start The Beat 170: Mike Hitt

5/10/2018
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This week I sit down again with Mike Hitt for his 3rd appearance on the show. Mike is a musician, songwriter, producer and one of my favorite people on the planet to talk to. This time we get DEEEEP into conversation about the creative process, marketing, branding, self-discovery and so much more. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! Mike Hitt will be dropping a new audio/video project titled EULOGY on May 21st. Follow all the updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or whatever...

Duration:01:16:53

Start The Beat 169: Jamie Fadden-Cannon | We Are The Weirdos

5/2/2018
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This week I sit down with Jamie Fadden-Cannon for a talk about the recently launched women's storytelling series she runs called We Are The Weirdos. WATW is a a platform for women and those who identify as women to come and share their stories inspired by other story slams such as, NPR’s the Moth and RISK live. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! Learn more at: http://www.wearetheweirdospgh.com SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK:...

Duration:00:40:58

Start The Beat 168: Old Game

4/26/2018
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This week I sit down with Brenda and Thom from the band Old Game. They make really good music and they are nice people to talk to. We had quite the hoot. Join us for a talk about the history of the band, the PGH music scene and plenty more. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! www.oldgamemusic.com SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG STITCHER:...

Duration:00:55:52

Start The Beat 167: Mega Beardo

4/18/2018
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This week I sit down with Ryan Postlethwait aka Mega Beardo for some super laid back talk about Beer, Video Games, Horror Movies, Heavy Metal and everything else worth talking about. Ryan specializes in original compositions and metal arrangements of retro video game music under the name Mega Beardo but that's only scratching the surface. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! www.megabeardo.com SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK:...

Duration:01:20:02

Start The Beat 166: Wilkins Block Party w/ Zaneta Grant & Shane McLaughlin

4/11/2018
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This week I sit down with Zaneta Grant & Shane McLaughlin for a talk all about the upcoming Wilkins Block Party! A free community fundraising music and arts festival. We learn all the history of this annual party and get into detail about everything going into this years event. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! The 2018 Wilkins Block Party is going down Saturday, April 21 at 1 PM - 10 PM at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion (Schenley Park) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15207 Get more...

Duration:00:27:05

Start The Beat 165: Bengt Alexsander of Action Camp & St. Dude

4/4/2018
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This week I sit down with Bengt Alexsander of the bands Action Camp & St. Dude for a talk about his personal experiences as a musician & sound engineer, the PGH scene so much more. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! Explore the wide world of Action Camp & St. Dude and on their Facebooger pages. Links below: facebook.com/actioncamppgh facebook.com/stdude Explore the wide world of Sikes on my website. therealsikes.com GET SOCIAL: @therealsikes Start The Beat is part of...

Duration:01:15:57

Start The Beat 164: Silence

3/23/2018
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This week I sit down with Dusty, Ryn, Justin and Damon from Post-Punk/Peace-Punk band SILENCE for a talk about the history and message behind their band, touring the country, the PGH DIY scene and so much more. From playing paintball and making movies, to running a record store and trips to the hospital this conversation goes all over the place but it's really tight. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! Explore the wide world of Silence and on their Facebooger and Bandcamp...

Duration:01:18:11

Start The Beat 163: Michael T. Nolan of Venus In Furs

3/14/2018
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KEYBOARDS & GUITARS! HOOKERS & BLOW! JK... Maybe... ;-) This week I sit down with Michael T. Nolan of the band Venus In Furs for a talk about his long history in the Pittsburgh music scene, the importance of putting on a real "show" and all of the creative forces that have been driving him along the way. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! Explore the wide world of Venus In Furs and check out their new album "Green" on their website. http://www.venusinfursrocks.com Explore the...

Duration:01:02:05

Start The Beat 162: Buscrates

2/28/2018
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All aboard the spaceship! We got some super in-depth beat production talk this week as I sit down with fellow musician, producer and synthesizer aficionado Buscrates! We discuss a wide variety of topics from the first pieces of gear we ever purchased, to our love of all things music and being a couple of old heads trying to navigate social media to get our sounds heard. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! Explore the wide world of Buscrates on Google. Seriously, just Google...

Duration:00:44:33