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Start The Beat 155: Merilette

12/14/2017
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This week I sit down with Singer/Songwriter Merilette for a discussion about her very early origins as a performer, growing as a musician and her thoughts on marketing your work in todays hectic social climate. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG STITCHER: http://tinyurl.com/stbstitcher GOOGLE PLAY:...

Duration: 01:21:08


Start The Beat 154: Tina Benez (Round Two)

12/7/2017
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I'm back in the heart of NYC this week for a HIGHLY requested follow up episode with my Uncle/Aunt Tina Benez! This time we dive deep into gender politics, taboo vocabulary and get a very unfiltered and unapologetic perspective on some of the experiences that made Tina who she is today. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG STITCHER:...

Duration: 01:13:09


Start The Beat 153: Clara Kent

11/30/2017
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Who's got the bounce?!?! This week I sit down with singer/songwriter, visual artist & promoter Clara Kent for an inspiring talk about the productivity of teamwork, staying focused on your goals and having fun doing what you love. We also talk about anime because well… duh. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat! Clara Kent will be releasing her debut album "AURA" on December 21st. More info can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/clarakentaura SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT...

Duration: 00:59:12


Start The Beat 152: Walkman

11/16/2017
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Some of my favorite conversations on this podcast are the ones where I meet somebody and have my first face to face conversation with them recorded for the whole world to hear. This week we add another one of these to the list as I sit down and get to know fellow PGH Hip-Hop artist Walkman. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG STITCHER:...

Duration: 01:17:30


Start The Beat 151: Lee Prisby of Klaymore & Halberd

11/9/2017
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Run to the hills... Run for your lives!!! This week I sit down with Lee Prisby for a talk about playing in heavy metal bands, navigating social media and diving into the deep, dark abyss that is becoming a YouTube content creator. Lee plays in the band Klaymore and is one half of the video game based YouTube channel Halberd. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast ITUNES:...

Duration: 01:10:29


Stop The Beat #3: Billboard Top 5 - October 2017

11/2/2017
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This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell plus my girlfriend Stacey Stockdill 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 tracks on the Hot 100. Kinda... You'll see. This episode was recorded on October 26th, 2017 so the current "Top" songs may be different now but I can promise you, our opinions have not changed. Sit back, relax and lets Stop The...

Duration: 01:08:36


Start The Beat 150: Day Bracey (Live at Reclamation Brewing)

10/26/2017
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Two things I will never turn down are good brews and great conversations so when I got the opportunity to sit down with Day Bracey at Reclamation Brewing for a live episode I took full advantage of the opportunity! We discuss his come up in the world of stand up comedy, turning your personality into a brand and so much more. Also, beer. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES! FACEBOOK:...

Duration: 00:57:03


Start The Beat 149: Little Good Bad

10/19/2017
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The landscape of music has always been a perpetually shifting environment but never before have things been changing so rapidly and unexpectedly. Thanks to the modern accessibility of being able to do almost anything you'd want, any way you want, we're in a really exciting but simultaneously confusing time to be a musician. This week I sit down with Rachel & Billy from Little Good Bad and try to navigate the current landscape of music and dive into everything they are contributing to it....

Duration: 01:09:52


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

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