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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! 

March 2K18 Update: The end of the F$%KING world.

JK. Everything is fine. Here's what I've been up to the past few weeks. ;-)

One week ago the Pittsburgh music community was in a total panic attack mode after news broke out about the Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Project's Town Hall Meeting that happened last Tuesday at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. A lot of people had a lot to say.

One of the most prolific sources of generating public commentary came via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the article written by Scott Mervis. It was shared around on Facebook by quite a few people the day after the event and the conversations that developed from all of this were rather interesting to follow. Personally, I couldn't even put my thoughts into words so instead I yelled at my camera for an hour and tried to make sense of it all.

If you want to know my uncensored, unapologetic thoughts on some real shit regarding the Pittsburgh music community here's my two cents. Enjoy. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

NOTE: This was supposed to go up last week right after I filmed it but I had some unanticipated issues with the video files and no extra time to fix them properly over the past few days so I decided to upload it "as is". It's just me talking a bunch of shit anyways. I wasn't planning on this being in an IMAX release. It's fine.


Greywalker - 12/25/18 @ Cattivo (Photo: Nick Prezioso)

Greywalker - 12/25/18 @ Cattivo (Photo: Nick Prezioso)

We finished recording the new Greywalker album last month and I've been taking whatever free time I have in between other obligations to finish mixing it so we can send it off to the magical land of mastering. We're hoping to have the album out this Summer but we'll see how it goes. These things always take longer than you want them to. Sometimes being "DIY for Life" is literally just a consequence of the reality that doing everything yourself takes forever. The album sounds really good though. We're super proud of it. You'll be hearing it as soon as we can wrap it up! 

If you want to hear some new jams LIVE and come support a great cause our next show in Pittsburgh is a Cancer Benefit Festival at the recently opened Stage At Karma located on East Carson Street in the Southside. If anyone is interested, we have tickets available and all of the money from the sales are going straight to the benefit. Hit us up!

For more info on this event and some other upcoming shows check down below.

We are gonna help a local girl with her 2nd battle with cancer. All money from ticket sales go directly to offset the enormous cost that comes with the disease. Let’s do what we can to change a life.   Entertainment from:  Improvidence (Pitt death bois)  https://www.facebook.com/Improvidence/  Outcast (Kentucky fried riffs)  https://www.facebook.com/outcastkyhc/?fref=mentions  Greywalker (Steel city thrashmen)  https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/  156/Silence (Dollar Store Norma Jean)  https://www.facebook.com/156Silence/  Hymnless (Sad dads w/ attitude)  https://www.facebook.com/Hymnless/  Nullity (Soundcloud rappers but w/ metalcore)  https://www.facebook.com/NullityPA/  AROSEATHORN (Indy PA Noise boiz)  https://www.facebook.com/AROSEATHORN/  Bury Thy Kingdom (Pittsburgh Prog-men)  https://m.facebook.com/BuryThyKingdom/   No outside beverages/Bar for 21+ with ID/ No drugs or drama or you’ll be ask to leave 12$ presales 15$ at door BUY TICKETS FROM LOCALS. AN ADDITIONAL GOFUNDME WILL BE POSTED SOON SO IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND YOU CAN STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

We are gonna help a local girl with her 2nd battle with cancer. All money from ticket sales go directly to offset the enormous cost that comes with the disease. Let’s do what we can to change a life. 

Entertainment from: 
Improvidence (Pitt death bois)
https://www.facebook.com/Improvidence/
Outcast (Kentucky fried riffs)
https://www.facebook.com/outcastkyhc/?fref=mentions
Greywalker (Steel city thrashmen)
https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/
156/Silence (Dollar Store Norma Jean)
https://www.facebook.com/156Silence/
Hymnless (Sad dads w/ attitude)
https://www.facebook.com/Hymnless/
Nullity (Soundcloud rappers but w/ metalcore)
https://www.facebook.com/NullityPA/
AROSEATHORN (Indy PA Noise boiz)
https://www.facebook.com/AROSEATHORN/
Bury Thy Kingdom (Pittsburgh Prog-men)
https://m.facebook.com/BuryThyKingdom/

No outside beverages/Bar for 21+ with ID/ No drugs or drama or you’ll be ask to leave
12$ presales 15$ at door BUY TICKETS FROM LOCALS. AN ADDITIONAL GOFUNDME WILL BE POSTED SOON SO IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND YOU CAN STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

In other news, I completed a little project I had been working on originally for One Minute Or Less that turned out to be a much bigger project than I originally expected. In full transparency I was drunk and on vacation when I decided to do this (If you can't tell already in the video) but it turned out really great and I'm super stoked on it.

If you haven't checked this out yet and you have a few minutes to spare DO IT! There are 2 different versions available online now. Links to both below! :-)

I have some new episodes of Start The Beat available as well featuring Lazy JP of the Hip-Hop duo BBGuns and indie horror filmmaker Todd aka Killer Wolfson of Just Buried Productions. Check out some short video clips and links to the full episodes below! 

I think that's everything worth mentioning for now. There is lot's of other cool stuff coming up. Especially with the new Sikes and The New Violence related stuff. I may not be talking much about it online but it's all happening behind the scenes. Some cool announcements coming soon. Yep. Stay tuned!

Be excellent to each other and don't let the fuckers get you down. Peace!

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. www.joeymolinaro.com

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!

One Minute Or Less: A New Web Series Thing.

Hey all. I started a new web series called One Minute Or Less where I am going to be talking about random shit that I think you should know about... in one minute or less. It's really simple. You're gunna love it. I hope. Watch the Introduction video below to learn more! 

The plan is to upload these once a week (probably on Tuesday) and keep it going until I don't feel like doing it anymore. The first episode is available now via my Instagram & Facebook & YouTube channels. Hell, by the time you read this the second episode might be available as well so be sure to stop by the links in the previous sentence and LIKE/SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW to never miss an episode. Watch Episode 1 now down below!  

I have added a new "VLOGS" section to my page where new episodes will be added alongside any other vloggy stuff that I happen to do from this point forward. Also, One Minute Or Less is NOT replacing Start The Beat in any way, shape or form. New Episodes of Start The Beat will continue to drop every week via EpicastiTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, this website you are currently on & wherever else you listen to podcasts.*

*If Start The Beat is not currently available on your podcast platform of choice let me know and I will do my best to change that. 

That's all for now. As always, more shit coming soon! 

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!