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.

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!

Podcasts. Take the time and get involved!

For me, podcasts are a great way to sit in on conversations with other people and stimulate my brain with all sorts of new and valuable information. History. Art. Politics. Video Games. Music. Whatever. I have learned so much about the world thanks to this platform and a few years ago I decided that I wanted to contribute.

Photo: Nick Miller / Epicast - Taken from  Episode 091: Chris Fox of See You Next Tuesday

Photo: Nick Miller / Epicast - Taken from Episode 091: Chris Fox of See You Next Tuesday

In my show, Start The Beat with Sikes - I dive into the complex minds of people driven by their creative ambitions to make the world around them a better place. Over the past 3 years I have recorded over 135 episodes with a wide variety of people from all walks of life and I just wanted to send a reminder to everyone out there that you’re all invited to be a part of these conversations with us!

Photo: Buzzy Torek / Epicast - Taken from  Episode 073: Live at the Strip District Music Fest

Photo: Buzzy Torek / Epicast - Taken from Episode 073: Live at the Strip District Music Fest

I started this podcast to learn more about the community around me and give other creatives a platform to share their stories so I highly encourage everyone to take a look at my list of conversations.

Find a familiar name and learn more about them or find someone who you have never heard of and take a blind journey into what’s going on outside of your bubble. You’ll never know what’s out there if you don’t take a look. Hell, it doesn't even have to be my podcast. Just go listen to any podcast! Perhaps something on the Epicast Network. *insert winky face here*

I know life can be uncomfortably busy but if people like me have the time to tell these stories then people like you have the time to listen. Take the time and get involved!

Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

A Note: I know that I already have plenty of dedicated listeners who support the podcast and if you are one of those people this post is not for you. This post is for the people who still “don’t get it” or are “too busy” to listen to podcasts in general. Please feel free to share this with your friends and spread the word. A little bit goes a long way. Trust me.