Start The Beat | Pittsburgh Music & Entertainment Podcast

Start The Beat is a podcast all about Pittsburgh Music & Entertainment. Dive into the minds of amazing creators working within the underground scene, absorb some useful knowledge and expand your perspective on the world around you!

A (very serious) podcast about (mostly) Arts & "Entertainment" in Pittsburgh, PA.

Each week, Sikes sits down with a different guest to hang out and talk about the good, bad and everything in between of whatever is going in the world. Kind of like the conversations you have with people at events minus all of the background noise. Maybe you'll learn something useful. Maybe you'll hear some hot gossip. Maybe you'll fall in love. Who knows? Crazier things have happened. Let's talk about it.


This show is 110% self-funded and has been since we started in 2014. No sponsorships. No crowd-funding. Just hard work and crossed fingers. However, if you would like to support the podcast you can pick up one of these sweet T-Shirts designed by our friend Chris Smith & Sikes himself!

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Finding your place in the "scene" w/ Chase and the Barons. Taken from Episode 210.

Discussing healthy competition in the music scene w/ Reign of Z. Taken from Episode 209.

Discussing the Pittsburgh music scene w/ Lauren DeMichiei. Taken from Episode 208.

Discussing the balance of being an introverted personality in an extroverted social environment with Bruiser Beep. Taken from Episode 207.

Discussing the transformation into becoming Superheroines with Bridget Yeager, who plays heroine Arctica, and Alicia Lynn, who portrays villainess Sintilla in the live-action superheroine video series based in Pittsburgh. Taken from Episode #206.

Discussing the fine line between "selling out" & evolving with The Summercamp. Taken from Episode 205.

Talking about the rise of urban development in Pittsburgh and the effects it has had on the local music scene with Los Vampiros Amarillos. Taken from Episode 204.

Discussing the positive impacts of encouraging diversity in the Craft Beer industry w/ Day Bracey. Taken from Episode 203.

"You don't have to be the best. Just be yourself". A simple note that everyone should remind themselves of daily. In this clip, I talk with my friend Cody Cody Jones about writing rap songs and the time it takes to truly find your voice as an artist. Taken from Episode 202.

Everyone deserves to get paid. A simple concept with some relatively simple solutions. The trick is that everyone has to get on the same page and do their part to contribute. I mean EVERYONE. I recently sat down with my friend Brett of DLTSGDOM and The Mr. Roboto Project and discussed handling finances as a long time promoter in the DIY scene. Taken from Episode 201.

Feeling like a FREAK ON A LEASH? Check out this clip from Episode 200 where I side step into a conversation about riding skateboards and listening to Korn with Toddy of the THRIFTY Podcast!

Discussing first-time experiences in the studio with Dylan and Rob from Kiwano Sour and the difference in production techniques across various genres of music. Taken from episode #199.

Discussing the power of teamwork and collaboration with Chelsea and Marie from Sad Girls Aquatics Club. Taken from Episode #198.

If you're a workaholic like me you may find yourself in a whirlwind of poor sleeping habits as a result of trying to get "everything" accomplished. On Episode 197 I had a very transparent conversation with my friend Ashlee Green about my current issues juggling everything in my day to day schedule and picked her brain about how she manages hers.

Discussing the discovery of horror movies, heavy metal, video games, and sports while growing up with Gregg Harrington of Neon Brainiacs. Taken from Episode #196.

Discussing the how "budgets" for developing bands on major labels changed in the 00's and long lasting effect it had on the industry with Sid Riggs. Taken from Start The Beat #195.

Mike Steinmiller asks: How can bands incorporate new technologies to make live shows more immersive? There are plenty of options and resources easily avialable but I'm not certain how "new" most of them are. Also, depending on the style of music you perform I'm not sure now nessecary most of them are... Taken from Start The Beat #194.

Discussing the ups and downs of social media & marketing independent music with Sid Riggs. Taken from Start The Beat #193.

Focusing on yourself is the key. I recently sat down with local artist Joktan and the founder/owner of Apis Mead & Winery Dave Cerminara for a talk about understanding your customers/clients and how "competition" shouldn't affect how you handle business. Taken from Start The Beat #192.
Eating "Vegan" isn't as bizzare as you may think. A lot of people already eat plenty of vegan friendly foods without thinking about it and I recently discussed some of these misconceptions with the owners of Onion Maiden and John from Jakethehawk. Taken from Start The Beat #190.

Discussing the philosophies of punk, social media and watching your kids grow up with John Dick Winters. Taken from Start The Beat #189.

Discussing the disconnect between Teens & Modern Rock Music w/ Abby Krizner & BBGuns Taken from Start The Beat #188.

"You have to give yourself a break" - In conversation with Mike Seamans. Taken from Start The Beat #187.

What's it really worth? A discussion on "comfort foods" and independent business. Taken from Start The Beat with Sikes #186.

Sikes & Shy Kennedy on Putting the "DIY" back in the DIY music scene. Taken from Start The Beat with Sikes #184.

It's Okay To Make Fun of Yourself w/ Sikes and John Paul Zigterman. Taken from Start The Beat with Sikes #182.


In addition to hosting his own show, Sikes sometimes makes appearances on other peoples podcasts. Here is a list of some notable conversations.