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Start The Throwback: Steve LaRussa (December 2015)

10/12/2017
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Take a jump in the time machine back to December 2015 when I first sat down face to face with Steve LaRussa for Episode 071 of Start The Beat. It's been almost 2 years since we recorded this conversation but if you don't know already Steve, you should get to know him because if you follow Sikes at all you're going to be seeing him around a lot more... Click play for more details. ;-) Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING...

Duration: 01:23:45


Start The Beat 148: Nathan King

10/5/2017
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Grab your headphones, a cup of coffee, a shovel and drag yourself to the closet graveyard because we got some work to do. Today I sit down with Nathan King for a talk about putting yourself out there and developing creative relationships outside of the “basement”. Nathan is a composer, filmmaker, photographer, ghost, among other things and has just released a new album, a short film and has a portfolio of work 110% worth diving into. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! LISTEN TO...

Duration: 01:01:21


Stop The Beat #2: Billboard Top 5 Rock Airplay - August 2017

9/21/2017
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This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell AGAIN to discuss more songs on the Billboard music charts and breakdown what we either hate or surprisingly love about them. This time we're analyzing the TOP 5 Rock Airplay songs. This episode was recorded on August 31, 2017 so the current Top 5 Singles may be different now but I can promise you, our opinions have not changed. Sit back, relax and lets Stop The Beat! SONGS DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE: #5: The Killers -...

Duration: 01:01:28


Start The Beat 147: Josh Corcoran of Spare Change

9/14/2017
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JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Today I sit down with Josh Corcoran from the web series Spare Change for a talk about utilizing your resources to make a change. No pun intended! HAH! If you don't know, Spare Change is a Pittsburgh-based web series documenting their journey playing music to raise money for those in need and it is real awesome. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! WATCH SPARE CHANGE: https://www.sparechange.tv/ FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT...

Duration: 01:15:36


Start The Beat 146: Lili Traviato

9/7/2017
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Technology is nuts and maybe kids spending their time on computers isn't always such a bad thing. Today I sit down with songwriter/producer Lili Traviato for a talk about her humble beginnings using Garage Band to record songs at the age of 8 and how her work has evolved over the past 10 years of learning, creating and finding her way on this wacky planet. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! LISTEN TO LILI TRAVIATO ON SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/lili-traviato FOLLOW ME ON...

Duration: 00:59:09


Start The Beat 145: Lauren Stein of Punksburgh

9/1/2017
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Support Local Talent! Get involved with your community! Make new friends! This week I sit down with Lauren Stein of the blog PUNKSBURGH.COM for a talk about shining light on the local community. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON STITCHER:...

Duration: 00:58:35


Start The Beat 144: Amuck (Round Two)

8/24/2017
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It's been a little while but Amuck is back and gearing up to release a new album so we sat down to talk about getting a little older, growing a little wiser and creating art for a reason bigger than yourself. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON STITCHER:...

Duration: 01:13:50


Start The Beat 143: AJ Worrell of Preserving Silence Records

8/17/2017
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This week I sit down with AJ Worrell of Preserving Silence Records to discuss running an independent music label & distro, DIY merchandising and the work ethics of underground musicians in the digital age. We also talk a bit about our shared struggles that stem from our "collectors mentalities" and coming up in a generation when all media was physical media. Solid dude. Great talk. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! BUY SOME MUSIC:...

Duration: 00:55:17


Stop The Beat: Billboard Top 5 - July 2017

8/10/2017
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This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell to discuss the current Top 5 Singles on the Billboard music charts and breakdown what we either hate or surprisingly love about them. This episode was recorded on July 26, 2017 so the current Top 5 Singles may be different now but I can promise you, our opinions have not changed. Sit back, relax and lets Stop The Beat! SONGS DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE: #5: French Montana Ft Swae Lee - Unforgettable #4: DJ Khaled - I'm...

Duration: 01:12:17


Start The Beat 142: Tim Indyk of Moshpit (Round Two)

8/3/2017
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This week I sit down with Tim Indyk of Moshpit to talk DIY show promotion, self discovery and taking the jump to pursue your passions full-time. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON STITCHER: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/start-the-beat-with-sikes www.therealsikes.com Start...

Duration: 01:26:12


Start The Beat 141: Raymond Strife

7/27/2017
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*To the tune of the 1960's Spider-Man theme song* Raymond Strife. Raymond Strife. Does whatever a Raymond Likes. Does a tour - Any size. Dropping Beats - Spitting rhymes. Look out! Here comes the Raymond Strife! This week I sit down with the superhero Raymond Strife for a talk about the DIY Hip Hop scene, touring and figuring out how to be a better human being. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! Raymond Strife was recently on an episode of The Throw Away Days which is an awesome...

Duration: 00:39:51


Start The Beat 140: Jesse Turnball of Nephele

7/20/2017
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It’s a Half Juggalo, Half Ric Flair party on this weeks NU episode of Start The Beat! I pour a couple beers and sit down with fellow musician/air horn enthusiast, Jesse Turnball for an introspective conversation about the how the bar for talent continues to keep getting higher and higher in modern “extreme” music. We also discuss some of the crazy talent we’ve seen come out of this scene over past decade and learn about the history of his band, Nephele. Sit back, relax and lets Start The...

Duration: 01:12:50


Start The Beat 139: Matthew Seibel & Sūgga of LIB.CO

7/13/2017
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Who wants to make something beautiful and awesome happen? This week I sit down with two individuals at the forefront of something very beautiful that's starting to blossom in the Pittsburgh music scene. Matthew Seibel & Sūgga of LIB.CO aka the Library Collective. On the surface LIB.CO is functioning as a independent recording studio & label but there's so much more going on behind the scenes and we're going to talk all about it. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL...

Duration: 00:37:38


Start The Beat 138: Issac Holeva of Faded Industry, Premier Innovations & Pittsburgh Norml

7/1/2017
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I’M ON A BOAT! This week I sit down with my friend Issac Holeva as he takes me for a little cruise down the Allegheny and we chat about how the Pittsburgh scene has developed over the past decade. Issac is involved with A LOT. Faded Industry Entertainment, Premier Innovations Group & Pittsburgh Norml just to name a few and this is an awesome talk with an experienced business mind that has plenty of experience under his belt. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL...

Duration: 00:46:58


Start The Beat 137: Brad Brunazzi of Arcane Haven

6/22/2017
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You wanna talk about recording music, growing up and reminisce about the "scene" days of the scene? You're in luck! This week I sit down with long time pal Brad Brunazzi of the band Arcane Haven for a talk about all of this and more. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON STITCHER:...

Duration: 01:05:51


Start The Beat 136: T-Funk of Solarburn & Full Pint Brewing

6/15/2017
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Hey! Do you enjoy craft beers and underground music? This week I crack open a couple cold ones with Tony "T-Funk" Thomas from the band Solarburn & Full Pint Brewing Company to discuss our interests in the wide world of beer and his experiences being a independent musician with a history longer and more diverse than most. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast SUBSCRIBE,...

Duration: 01:20:04


Start The Beat 135: Joey Schuller & 4th River Music Fest

6/8/2017
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Hey! Do you like having funnnnnn? The 4th River Music Fest is just around the corner and if you aren't already excited about this then you're about to be. My friend (and previous guest of the show) Joey Schuller is back to give us a crash course on everything going down this year at the 3 day long festival and let us know why YOU should be there. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK:...

Duration: 00:49:56


Start The Beat 134: David Yarkovsky

6/1/2017
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Wanna talk about Nu-Metal? This week I take a huge nostalgia trip with my friend David Yarkovsky as we share our thoughts on the ridiculous music we grew up with and discuss how some of these bands have also grown with us. Dave plays in some really good bands and we talk about that too. Grab your favorite pair of JNCO's and get comfy. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK:...

Duration: 01:18:57


Start The Beat 133: The Danzas

5/25/2017
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It's a whole new format this week on Start The Beat as I abandon my standard format and everything I know about "professional" podcasting. My guests this week are The Danzas. We talk about Punk Rock, getting old and not taking life too seriously. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT ON FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW ON...

Duration: 00:59:58


Start The Beat 132: Don Mahaney of Scratch Food & Beverage

5/19/2017
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Look. I love good food and good drinks and if you have not been to Scratch F&B yet you’re truly messing up! Today I sit down with Don Mahaney, the man with the plan behind Scratch for a talk about owning and operating a restaurant and discuss the interesting parallels between the restaurant and music business. Excellent guy. Excellent talk. Sit back, relax and let’s Start The Beat! VISIT: http://www.scratchfoodbev.com/ FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes FOLLOW START THE BEAT...

Duration: 01:02:13

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