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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.

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! 

HELLO 2018! BOGO SHOWS & MORE!

It's a new year and that means I'll be up to the same old shit as before. Let's dive in!

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January 11th I'll be doing a solo dolo set with my homies False Accusations who will be on tour and playing in PGH at the Mr. Roboto Project. They rip. Come through and check them out. I'll be workshopping a bunch of new material as well. Be there or be square.

In addition Greywalker has a couple shows coming up and me being me, I filmed a video about it. Check out this REALLY FUCKING COOL stuff we got going on.

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For anyone unable to watch the video above Greywalker has 2 shows coming up. JAN 26th we are doing a LIVE MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT & headlining gig at The Smiling Moose. FEB 25th we are playing with Darkest Hour at Cattivo. We are selling tickets to the FEB 25th Cattivo show on our website here and every ticket sold comes with a FREE GUEST LIST SPOT to the JAN 26th show at The Smiling Moose. BOGO RIFFS! 

Expect a lot of new music this year from both Sikes and Greywalker. We have spent a lot of time within both projects working on new material behind the scenes and it's almost ready to be shared with the world. Almost. ;-)

For now though just come out to these shows and keep supporting DIY art or whatever. Word up! 

The OFFICIAL Greywalker Latte & Christmas Craptacular This Weekend!

OH DANG! Our friends over at Black Forge Coffee House have crafted a SPICY new latte and named it after yours truly! Be sure to stop by and try it while you can. Available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! :-O

Also, this Saturday is the CHRISTMAS CRAPTACULAR at Excuses in South Side PGH. We'll be sharing the stage with the insanely rad Gahara and our soon to be new friends in The Neverweres. Eat, drink and be merry with this eclectic bill of Pittsburgh's finest Metal, Sludge, Punk and Rock! 21+ with a $5 cover. Doors open around 8PM. <MORE INFO HERE>

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Get your asses up to Black Forge to try that Greywalker drink and I hope to see some of you this weekend at the Christmas Craptacular! Happy Holidays or whatever. Later!

This is what happens when I don't update my website for 3 weeks. #updates

Wanted to start off this post by thanking everyone one last time that voted for Sikes, Greywalker and Brewtal Beer Fest last month in the 2017 Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll. It has been a really busy year for all of these projects and things are not slowing down any time soon!

I will be performing a solo Sikes set next month with some awesome people here in Pittsburgh at Blue Canary on December 2nd. The people at Blue Canary are really welcoming and this will be an awesome night full of underground sounds. 

In other news, Greywalker is releasing our Hot Sauce collaboration with Allegheny City Farms this Friday at Mr Smalls Funhouse! We've been doing all sorts of fun promo for this including a "Hot Ones' Parody/Tribute with our good friend Sean Valentine of the band Vermithrax. 

Brewtal Beer Fest has launched our Brewtal Alliance Membership Program which is an awesome way for you to stay BREWTAL throughout 2018. Check out this promo video below to learn all about that!

In the middle of all this chaos Start The Beat is still going strong and new episodes have been coming out weekly. I recently had Day Bracey from the Drinking Partners Podcast on my show and it was an awesome conversation. Check out a video clip below along with some links to some other recent episodes!

And of course we can't forget about #oneminuteorless. I've been doing my best to get these out weekly. In case you missed any here are the past few...

And the train just keeps rolling! We opened up the Get Hip Record Store last month as well. Myspace Nite was a blast and yes, I'm still working on the new Sikes album. I promise. See below for photo proof. That's all for now. Later!

New songs. Soon. 👌

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Episode 147 of Start The Beat w Josh of Spare Change TV!

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!