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.

MAY 2K18. Sex, The News and Violence.

MAY 2K18. Sex, The News and Violence. I'm changing my band name. More on that below. ;-)

Here's everything I did in the past month or so that you might have missed and some more stuff coming up that maybe you won't miss now that you're reading about it. Let's dig in.

Photo:   Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

Millvale Music Fest came and went. We played outside in the rain. I got very wet and I ruined a nice pair of shoes but the set was tight and it felt really good to be back on stage with The New Violence behind me. The new songs sounded killer and I can't thank everyone enough who toughed it out with us to watch the set. It meant a lot to see people sticking around and a few homies even managed to capture some footage on their phones which was nice since everyone with the fancy cameras ran for cover once the rain hit.

Photo:   Megan Maureen

Photo: Megan Maureen

Also, THIS happened...


Sikes and The New Violence will be performing again this Month on May 29th in The Club at Stage AE supporting Spirt Animal. Tickets are only $10 so if you're in Pittsburgh and want to see us in a very comfortable, awesome sounding environment with some great bands come on out! This is going to be a really awesome night. Respond to the Facebook event page HERE and I'll personally nag you about coming. ;-)

Currently, the main focus with Sikes and The New Violence  is getting the new album finished so expect to see some more live action from us in the Fall. In the meantime though we do have a few dates scheduled throughout the rest of the summer. You can check them out below. More will most likely get added but this is it for now. :-)

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In other news my other band Greywalker just dropped the first single / music video from our upcoming album Without Control. The song is called "Pity Capsule" and the video was directed by Nick Prezioso. You can check it out below.

The self-produced album was recorded in part by Matt Very at Very Tight Recordings and was mastered by the legendary award winning engineer Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) at West West Side Music. 

I mixed the album if that counts for anything. Just saying. :-P

The album is going to be released on July 6th and the on the following day July 7th we will be having an album release party to celebrate with some super awesome bands and friends. We really busted our asses on this release and I'm super proud of it so mark your calendars and come party with us on July 7th! It will mean the world to us to see you all there. Seriously.

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On the most recent episode of One Minute Or Less I took another audience request and decided to try and answer a question that I have no business really answering. What's the difference between Emo & Pop-Punk? Watch me pretend to know what I'm even talking about in ONE MINUTE OR LESS!


The past few weeks have brought us a few new episodes of Start The Beat. Check out some clips and links to full episodes below! 

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


On Episode 165 I sat 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.

Explore the wide world of Action Camp & St. Dude and on their Facebooger pages. Links below:

On Episode 167 I sat 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!

On Episode 168 I sat 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!

START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunesStitcherGoogle PlayLibsynEpicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!

I think that is plenty enough for now. If you wanna keep up to date with whatever I'm doing on a more frequent basis for whatever reason you can find me across almost all social media @therealsikes. Later gators.

APRIL 2K18. This time it's PERSONAL.

APRIL 2K18. This time it's PERSONAL. I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. I just wanted to sound intense. Deal with it.

Photo:   Nick Prezioso

Photo: Nick Prezioso

First order of business: Just an important reminder that SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE has a NEW lineup, NEW songs and a NEW live show that we will be debuting at the Millvale Music Festival 2018! We play at 6PM on the Gap Park Main Stage. Check out the video for more info and mark those calendars. We're less than a month away! OMG!

Check out a full list of SIKES shows below. Note: April 23 and May 1 are BOTH solo performances.

Here is a list of upcoming GREYWALKER shows too in case you're curious.

Second order of business: A friend asked me to make a video talking about what social media platform is best suited for bands nowadays and why. My answer is none of them. Find out more about that in ONE MINUTE OR LESS!


Third Order Of Business: MYSPACE NITE is back this Friday once again at Brillobox. Doors open at 10. Me and Wyatt are spinning all night. $5. You know the deal. 

Check out this gallery of photos from some previous events taken by Nick Prezioso.


Last order of business: Episode 163 of START THE BEAT w/ Michael T. Nolan of VENUS IN FURS is now available! Check out this clip about the importance of a good live show. 

We also 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!

Listen to the full episode using the player above or find it on whatever other platform you prefer. START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google PlayLibsyn, Epicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!

Episode 164 w/ Silence is also available! Check out this clip regarding the Pittsburgh scene and some thoughts on one of the most beloved DIY spots in the city. 

We also bout 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!

Listen to the full episode using the player above or find it on whatever other platform you prefer. START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google PlayLibsyn, Epicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!

I think that is all for now. I'm sure there is more but whatever. I'll update it later. Stay tuned. Love ya. XOXO.

March 2K18 Update PART TWO: You WON'T BELIEVE what happens next!

March 2K18. The month so nice I blogged twice. Let's dig in.

Photo:   Nick Prezioso / Let's Be Animals

Photo: Nick Prezioso / Let's Be Animals

First order of business: WE'RE BACK! SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE has a NEW lineup, NEW songs and a NEW live show that we will be debuting at the Millvale Music Festival 2018! We play at 6PM on the Gap Park Main Stage. Check out the video for more info and mark those calendars. We'll see you in May!

Second order of business: I got a new episode of ONE MINUTE OR LESS available for your eyeholes. If you're a rabid fan of old school horror movies chances are you've already seen and love this movie. However, when looking at the big picture and discussing great 80's classics this movie is way overlooked and way underrated by way too many people. Some people don't even know it exists! I can't live in a world like that. 

If you're looking for a good time and some truly classic 80's horror nostalgia The Gate is a film you should not miss. Me and Killer Wolfson of Just Buried Productions are here to tell you about it in ONE MINUTE OR LESS!

Third order of business: THE FUTURE IS WILD! Especially for music producers like myself and Buscrates who have been in the game since the early 00's and have watched all of this technology develop around us. On Episode 162 of START THE BEAT me and Buscrates talk a lot about these developments and how he has adapted some of them into his personal setup to expand his sound libraries and streamline his workflow.

We also 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

Listen to the full episode using the player above or find it on whatever other platform you prefer. START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google PlayLibsyn, Epicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!

If you missed my original MARCH 2K18 blog post you can click the image below to give that a read to see what else is going on. I talked about some other events and things coming up that may tickle your fancy. Check it out!

Be awesome to each other. See you next month! 

February 2K18 Update: YOUR BOI IS BUSY AF

Alright. Everything has been a little wild lately. Between a mountain of new projects with Greywalker + Sikes&TNV, producing new episodes Start The Beat and One Minute Or Less, hosting DJ events, juggling freelance art jobs, planning year 3 of Brewtal Beer Fest and the day to day at Get Hip Records PLUS trying to have a reasonably normal/balanced social life things are BUSY AF. So much to talk about. So little time. Let's dig in.


First off, we just wrapped up recording the new Greywalker album. Next step is mixing and mastering and all that fancy bullshit so it may be a little bit before you get to hear anything but it will be worth the wait. This thing slams and I'm super proud of the album we've put together. We also shot a couple music videos last month for the album so expect to see & hear a lot of new stuff from us ASAP.  

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In the meantime we have a handful of shows coming up including our support date for Darkest Hour on Feb 25th at Cattivo (Pittsburgh, PA). Tickets are available for that Feb 25 show on our website. Links below! 


Another awesome Greywalker thing is that our hot sauce is back in stock! After selling out the first 2 batches we've teamed up for a 3rd Batch with Allegheny City Farms and gave this run an all new look! I designed the new label art for Batch #3 myself and you can order these online from our website right now! Just click the image below to order. :-)

Things have been moving forward pretty productively in the Sikes&TNV camp as well. I'm not sure if it has been announced "officially" yet but if you pay attention to my social media at all it's pretty obvious that a new guitar player has joined the team. I'm honored to say that Evan Thorsen (Greywalker) is currently working with us on the new album and we have a nice batch of songs we're in the process of recording now.


I'm also not sure if this was "officially" announced or not but Steve LaRussa (Mace Ballard) has also joined the New Violence gang will be taking over live drums for all future shows. As I mentioned before, we're currently working on wrapping up this new album and getting a new live show together. We're hoping to play out very soon but also taking the time to make sure everything is right before jumping back into it. I do plan on playing some solo sets to keep my chops up though. You can actually catch me and Mandy on Feb 19th at Club Cafe and in I'll be doing a DJ set once again at MySpace Nite at Brillobox on Feb 16th as well. Details below.


This is the start of my 2nd year hosting Myspace Nite at Brillobox and if you haven't come out to one our events yet you're seriously missing out. It's a fantastic Bi-Monthly party curated by yours truly. Come out, have some drinks and sing your ass off. Everyone else is doing it. ;-)

In other news, There's a few new episodes of Start The Beat floating around. You can check out some clips from Episodes 158 & 159 below along with links to the full episodes! They're both really awesome episodes. Duh.

I also have a new episode of One Minute Or Less where I review the Taco Bell "Nacho Fries". It's quality content. Trust me. ;-)


In art news I am SUPER STOKED to announce that I'll be working with Rock Bottom Homestead on artwork for a line of cans that they will be releasing this year. Above you can see a test image of the art for the Uppity Jagoff IPA. I also recently did some artwork for Penn Brewery that I'm not sure if I posted about in here before or not. Ah well, here's a picture of me and a T-Shirt I designed for them anyways.


One final thing that I would like to mention is that if you live in Pittsburgh you may have heard that we officially opened a retail space at the Get Hip Records warehouse with a nice collection of Vinyl, Cassettes and CD's available for sale!


We're located inside of the RJ Casey Industrial Park - 1800 Columbus Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15233 on the 2nd Floor / FREE PARKING! Open 7 Days A Week! - Sun: 1pm-6pm / Mon-Sat: 12pm-6pm - CALL US: 412-231-4766x12

I still spend most of my time on the 3rd Floor in our main office but if you decide to stop down let me know and I'll come say hi. Speaking of the 3rd Floor we also have a space for live bands on the 3rd Floor as well and have a ton of shows coming up. I'm not playing any of these shows but some other great acts are and I'll probably be hanging around with a beer or two in my hands. Check out the calendar below and come check out the space! 


AND THAT'S FEBRUARY! Tons of cool stuff going on. I didn't even get into Brewtal Beer Fest or some other things that are going on but I think this is plenty enough for now. Feeling good. Feeling Great. Anyways, thanks for reading all this. I hope to see some of you out in the real world sometime soon. 

Be excellent to each other. Talk soon!

January 2K18 Update: Just a quickie. ;-)

On Episode 157 of Start The Beat I sit down with musician, teacher, DIY touring guru and fellow podcaster Joey Molinaro for a talk about creating art with no boundries and doing whatever it takes to share it with the world. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat!

Explore the world of Joey Molinaro on his website.

Watch a clip from the conversation below and stream the full episode below that! 

If you are new to Start The Beat or haven't listened in a while there are plenty of fantastic conversations available here on the website. Start The Beat w/ Sikes is also available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and wherever else you listen to podcasts! Subscribe and never miss a beat! 

I also recently uploaded a new episode of One Minute Or Less featuring A Basic Guide on How to Get Things Done! Check it out on my Facebook page below.

You can also watch every episode of One Minute Or Less on my YouTube page. Follow this link for a playlist of every episode and slam that SUBSCRIBE button if you'd like to keep up with my channel. I'd like it. Just saying. ;-)

Also, I just wanted to remind everyone that Greywalker is having a Live Music Video shoot this Friday, January 26th 2018 at The Smiling Moose in the Southside of Pittsburgh, PA. We have an awesome line up and we're doing some cool promos for the event. Check the video below for more details and a link to the event page!

Click through the flyer for more info! 

Click through the flyer for more info! 

Hope to see all of you this weekend at the Greywalker video shoot! As always keep an eye out for more episodes of Start The Beat and One Minute Or Less. New Greywalker album this year. New Sikes&TNV album this year. Some cool collaborations in the works and plenty more! Good vibes all around. Talk again soon!