Sikes | Pittsburgh Indie Hip Hop & Podcast News

Sikes is an Indie Hip-Hop artist & producer from Pittsburgh, PA. He also hosts a weekly podcast focused on the Pittsburgh Music & Entertainment scene called Start The Beat with Sikes.

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HEY THERE FREINDOS. FIRST OFF, I WANT TO INVITE EVERYONE OUT TO THE 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY FOR START THE BEAT W/ SIKES. IT’S BEEN A REAL FUN JOURNEY GETTING TO THIS POINT AND I’M HAPPY TO BE CELEBRATING THIS OCCASION WITH SOME SUPER AWESOME PEOPLE. IN ADDITION TO THE LIVE PODCAST ELEMENT OF THE EVENING, WE’LL BE HOSTING A LOCAL MUSIC SCENE MEET-UP FOR EVERYONE TO SOCIALIZE, NETWORK AND BE HUMAN AROUND EACH OTHER IN THE SAME ROOM FOR A FEW HOURS. YOU’RE ALL INVITED. COME HANG THE FUCK OUT.

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If you are unable to make it out to the 5th Year Anniversary Party you have another opportunity to catch Start The Beat LIVE on April 12th at Podcast Night at The Tolma 2 alongside our friends in Thrifty and Neon Brainiacs. This event is at a private address but open to the public so please feel free to reach out for more info!

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The past couple weeks on Start The Beat have been fantastic conversations. If you haven’t had a chance to check out these episodes you should set aside some time to engage your earholes with them.


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Been having a lot of fun with Sikes and The New Violence over the past few weeks playing a lot of more shows and working on new material as well. If you have not had a chance to see us yet this year the new set we’re playing is pretty rad and you should try to catch us at one of our upcoming shows! We have a couple more gigs this month along with a nice handful of others throughout the summer that we’ll be announcing soon.


We have just launched 2019 Summer Merch for Greywalker and if you’re into that sort of thing… well… you can give us your money I suppose! :-) People have been asking for us to make the shorts again and this is the FIRST TIME we’ve ever had snapbacks so I’m excited that we’re able to get these out to everyone.

You can also pick up this stuff at our upcoming shows throughout the summer while supplies last. YOu can find a list of some events down below. Come headbang!

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso


Before we wrap up here I just want to remind everyone about the next Myspace Nite on April 19th at Brillobox. Our friend Bambi will be hosting the event. Come dance, dance. ;-)

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That’s all for now. Goodbye. :-)

I'M A BLOG. HE'S A BLOG. SHE'S A BLOG. WE'RE ALL BLOGS.

It’s been a few months since I’ve updated this website blog. What the flapjack is going on? Mostly, just the same old shit but it’s all pretty cool. Let’s talk about it. Don’t worry… I’ll keep it short.

Feb 2019 - Myspace Nite (Photo: Nick Prezioso)

Feb 2019 - Myspace Nite (Photo: Nick Prezioso)

I don’t have an efficient way to discuss all this crap so let’s try taking things one at a time. Let’s start with Sikes and The New Violence. The last post I made on the website was actually discussing our latest album that we released back in November. Since then some people have listened to it. Some people have even gave us money for it. Some people are nice. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet you can listen to it for free on the internet. We’ve also been playing a lot of more shows. You can find some evidence of that below along with a calendar of upcoming shows if you give a shit.

UPCOMING SIKES&TNV SHOWS


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If you haven’t been keeping up with my podcast over the past few months I’ve been moving full force and am quickly approaching the shows 5th Year Anniversary. With no plans of really slowing down any time soon I am working on some pretty cool stuff as I move forward. For now though, take a moment to check out everyone who has been on the show recently and don’t forget that you can catch new episodes every Monday at 1:00 PM!

SPOTIFY: http://bit.ly/startthebeat-spotify
APPLE: http://bit.ly/startthebeat-apple
GOOGLE: http://bit.ly/startthebeat-google
STITCHER: http://bit.ly/startthebeat-stitcher
YOUTUBE: http://bit.ly/startthebeat-youtube
INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/startthebeat-instagram
FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/startthebeat-facebook

In other podcast news I have recently made some new friends with some other podcasters in the PGH area and it seems we have created a little gang of sorts. (Special shout outs to Thrifty, Ghoul on Ghoul and Neon Brainiacs) In a celebration of continued friendship we will be hosting our SECOND Podcast Night at The Tolma event on April 12th. An evening of live podcast recordings with plenty of encouraged audience participations where YOU could be part of the show… If you want. Click the flyer below for more info and SMASH THAT RSVP while you’re in there.


Moving onto some Greywalker news we… recently released a music video for the track Gold Lust that was Directed & Edited by Brian Howe aka Sikes aka the person talking to you right now. We also spent some time in studio recently with our friend Sid Riggs and put together something special that we’re hoping to release very soon. We’re also officially back in full force writing mode with a couple of new demos under our belt. Lots of behind the scenes stuff but we’ll be playing a good bit of shows over the next couple of months so check out our new music video down below and underneath that you can catch a list of some upcoming shows. Nice.

If you’re reading this before March 30, 2019 you have an opportunity to come to a great event that we’ve been asked to be a part of in memory of our late friend JJ. You can find our more about this event here and by clicking through the flyer below as well.

UPCOMING GREYWALKER SHOWS


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Wrapping things up, I just want to give a bit if an early heads up on the next MYSPACE NITE. We did announce this last week on our new Instagram but the account is new and doesn’t have many followers yet (which YOU can help change) so this is our first “major” public announcement. I guess. It doesn’t really matter. What DOES matter though is that our favorite host BAMBI will be back with us this month and you can be damn sure that this party will be a blast. See below for photographic evidence from past events.

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso


And well I think that is plenty enough for now. Just wanted to do my best to get things up to date on this “blog” and fill in any gaps you may have missed. As always, I’m working on plenty of new stuff and keeping the ball rolling. When something cool happens, I’ll be back to tell you about it. Until then, be kind to yourself and the people around you… OR ELSE. ;-)

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MY NEW ALBUM.

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Our new album Modern Modesty has been released and is now available all over the internet. If you have not had a chance to check the album out yet you’re a bad friend. It’s okay though. The road to redemption is only a few clicks away! Just hop onto your favorite streaming service and search for “SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE MODERN MODESTY”. It’s super easy. I’ll even add a few links below for some of the more “popular” services because I’m a fucking nice person.

BANDCAMP: https://bit.ly/2RNbwhG
SPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/2T591sv
APPLE MUSIC: https://apple.co/2ODfMxW

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If you’re interested in more “traditional” forms of obtaining and listening to music I have put together a reasonably untraditional package for anyone interested. I made a video to explain it better below. There are some pictures too. Neato.

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Last thing I’ll leave you with are a few links to some recent video content related to the new album. Check them out. Share ‘em around. <3

Well. That’s about it for now. Plenty more to come probably. Thanks for paying attention. Catch you later.

F*** EVERYTHING ELSE. WHERE’S THE NEW SIKES ALBUM?!

Alright. Just for a moment fuck the podcasts. Fuck the vlogs. Fuck Greywalker. Fuck Brewtal Beer Fest. Fuck all that other shit that I’ve been super busy with. This modest post is all about SIKES AND THE NEW FUCKIN’ VIOLENCE and our new fucking record that is finally fucking done and coming out on November fucking 1st. Finally. Let’s dig into this shit.

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The album is titled Modern Modesty will be available on November 1st. Since nobody with any influence or clout bigger than my own gives a damn about any of this here is my own press release statement regarding the work.

The concept of modesty seems to be lost. Conceit has not only become a social norm… It has become a requirement to function productively in the modern world. We curate our personas as if they are a resume and everyone is qualified for everything. Reality holds little value in a world where aesthetic perception is the new perfection. Everyone is a rockstar. Everyone is a model. Everyone is a God.

Modern Modesty is an album about dropping that act and taking off the mask. Being comfortable enough to let the world see the ugly parts that lurk in us all. Living a less “curated” life and just living an honest one. There’s stuff on this album I’m sure some people won’t want to hear coming out of my mouth and there are things on this album I’m hoping some people don’t analyze too too much but the important thing to me is that it is all real shit. Unapologetically so.

I’ve always written songs from an honest perspective but this album is on a whole new level for me. I don’t think I’ve ever been as comfortable with my place on this planet and my voice as an artist like I am now. Unfortunately, I can’t change the things I’ve done in my past but I do hope I can do something to inspire others around me and perhaps be the voice to them that I never really had. Not to sound full of myself but that’s kinda what art is about right? Filling in the space where you see an opportunity to contribute something you feel is worthy of that space. Or in a more general sense being the change you wish to see in the world. That’s my approach to creating music with and this album is obviously no exception.

The world is on fire. Don’t lose yourself in the chaos.
— Sikes
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Modern Modesty album was 110% recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by me at my house. It is 10 tracks and features a whole lot of artwork from @likekillersx. Unfortunately, there will NOT be a vinyl release for this album on release but I do have a pretty awesome package for the CD version for anyone brave enough to still invest in socially outdated physical media. Details of the packaging for this are intentionally being kept secret but if you know anything about the way I do physical media you should know that it will be pretty rad. If you don’t know… trust me. I’m pretty awesome at this stuff.

PRE-ORDERS
are available now along with a couple new merch items. Step up your game. Support that DIY shit. This fucking website isn’t paying for itself you know…


Modern Modesty CD & Trading Card Package
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Modern Modesty T-Shirt
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Halloween Party Long Sleeve
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At this point some of you may be wondering when you’ll get to hear a single from this masterpiece. I know the anticipation must be killing you and I’m not sorry. Lucky for you all though, I will be dropping some audio and visuals as we get closer to the release date. I fucking promise. Stay tuned.

The last piece of information I want to leave you all with is for any of my people in the Pittsburgh, PA area who may want to celebrate with us on November 3rd for the Modern Modesty “Album Release Event”. This shit is going down at the Joe Negri Auditorium up in Mt. Washington and will feature support from my friends in Back Alley Sound, Nathan King and Spish. Check the flyer below for more info and tickets. It would be really fucking nice for you to show up.

Keep your eyes and ears open for more updates and noise regarding Modern Modesty over the next few weeks and thanks for being here with me through all this nonsense. Hope you fuckers like the album. Talk soon!

AUGUST 2K18. Holler if you hear me!

AUGUST 2K18. Holler if you hear me!

Photo: Dave Walker

Photo: Dave Walker

Before I get into all the SIKES related stuff I just wanted to remind anyone new to this blog that the new GREYWALKER album is finally out! Without Control is available for streaming on all major Digital Platforms so if you haven't given it a listen yet please do! 

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Now onto the SIKES news... Last month I announced that we were going to be releasing the new SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE album on November 1st and everything is still on track for that to be the case. This is very exciting for me. I hope it is exciting for you.

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The album is going to feature 10 brand new tracks but there's a good chance that if you've seen me live in the past year or two you've already heard an early version of some of these tracks. That being said, this album should have been released way earlier than the end of 2018 but I don't have the luxury of making music full time and well... life happens. However, having that extra time gave us an opportunity to bring Evan Thorsen (Greywalker, Byron Nash & Plan B) on board whose guitar work completely transformed the sound of this new record into something I couldn't of even imagined a year ago. It's been a blast having him on board and I'm glad things worked out the way they did.

The material is a lot more "hip-hop" focused than anything else I've recorded in the past 5 years and features some of the most sample based material I've ever recorded as SIKES. Just like our last album I've Seen Better this album has zero guest features and everything was 110% self-recorded and self-produced by me at my house in Troy Hill.  If you live in or around Pittsburgh try to keep your calendar clear for that first or second weekend in November. There is most likely going to be an event that I want all of you to be at. I can't say anything else at the moment but as soon as everything is locked in place I'll be making a pretty big announcement. You'll see...

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Another SIKES thing that I should bring up is my recent recognition in the Pittsburgh City Paper's 2018 Best of Pittsburgh issue. I made a video the day this was announced addressing my feelings on this and if you haven't seen it I will link it down below. Overall, I'm grateful for the support from every single person who voted for me but after being featured in the past 4 years of this issue I do hope some other PGH Hip-Hop artists get their chance to shine in 2019.

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With all of this other stuff going on I've had to take a slight step back from releasing new episodes of START THE BEAT. I am still working on plenty of new content for the show behind the scenes but the public output is going to a little less frequent over the next couple months. Regardless, I had some time recently to sit down with the guys in Smokey Bellows for a really fun talk on Episode 181. Links down below! 

If you want to become more involved with stuff related to START THE BEAT and join in on some discussions centered around topics discussed on current episodes and potential topics for future episodes I have started a Facebook group to help facilitate these conversations.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN START THE BEAT: FUTURE IDEAS & DISCUSSIONS

One last thing to mention regarding START THE BEAT and upcoming video content. As you may have noticed, I recently started experimenting filming the episodes and I was uploading the episodes to YouTube for a while but they weren't getting any interaction and YouTube is just an insanely difficult platform to break into. Especially when you're someone like me who doesn't release consistent content. If you look at my channel right now it's a variety pack of different stuff that isn't really related to each other and I think it has pushed some old subscribers away and only confused potential new ones. 

The plan moving forward is to create a new YouTube channel specifically for Start The Beat and other Vlog style content so I can shift my current channel back to more music related content. I just recently upgraded my equipment a bit so once I have some new content filmed on this new fancy camera I'm probably going to launch the new channel and see how things go from there. Once it's live you'll know!  


The last thing I want to to do before wrapping this up is just remind everyone once again about BREWTAL BEER FEST happening on October 20th at Mr. Smalls Theater and Funhouse. To help promote the event and have a little fun we've started up a silly series called the "Brewtal Boiz" where we talk about beer and metal and pop culture and everything else that our parents said would ruin our lives. The first couple episodes are down below. Check 'em out!


I think that is plenty enough for now. If you want to keep up with my nonsense on a daily basis you still can find me everywhere outside of here @therealsikes.

PS: Here is some art I did recently. Later!

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