Entrepreneur, record label owner, musician, drummer, live musicproduction, performance coach, arranger, panelist, technology development, software, web, cloud, mobile, creative director, design, user experience, user interface, usability expert, video, film, interactive media, rich media
Bram Bessoff’s career is a mash-up of music and technology which come together as Indiehitmaker (IHM). Part of the new music industry, IHM offers a music service once unavailable to the masses of artists who still sell music in today’s market. Backed by PolyPlat Records, the label he co-owns, and powered by Blue Mountain Technologies, his software development company, IHM helps independent artists advance their careers by enabling them to report live venue sales to SoundScan, a service once only available to signed artists. The technologies they are building makes it available, affordable and easy to use for every one of the 3,000,000+ independent artists currently touring and performing in the US and a way to leverage the only industry-accepted sales metric, SoundScan, to get on the Billboard Charts and #makeitcount. Since its inception,IHM has serviced 200+ artists, reported over a million dollars in independent record sales and helped dozens charting on SoundScan and Billboard, with multiple artists hitting number one on the coveted Heatseekers national and regional charts.
Bram’s music industry experience started nearly two decades ago as the drummer for Soup, a regional touring act. After its disbandment, Bram started SoundArt Management to help other independent artists (Pepper’s Ghost, Dr. Dan, Fashion Bomb) make the jump from indie to signed. SoundArt also focused on tour management heading the Virgin College Mega Tour for four years in a row, until he met Atlanta indie rockers State of Man with whom he soon partnered to form Indiehitmaker.
Bram’s expertise in technology brought IHM to life. All while touring, playing 150+ shows a year, Bram was the marketing & creative director, UI designer and usability expert for CompeteNet Inc., a technology company servicing clients such as IBM, HP/Compaq, Northrop Grumman, DOD (U.S. Army), Xerox, Unisys, Sun, EDS, and Scottrade with Web-based competitive intelligence, simulation training and distance learning solutions. He left CompeteNet and started Blue Mountain Technologies with the company’s CTO and lead developer. Today they provide cutting edge, cross platform technology solutions for software development across the Web, cloud and mobile devices.
A frequent speaker at industry conferences around the US, Bram is now focused on live music production and a full proponent of the Tom Jackson Live Music Method. He is currently a Certified Live Music Method Teacher and Performance Coach working toward eventual status as a fully credited Live Music Producer. He helps artists connect more with their audiences increasing fans and merch sales through the live performance. Bram also helps artists break into Chinese and Far East touring markets as brand ambassadors to the countless music fans in the Orient. Look for Bram’s live music production workshop to be featured at several upcoming music conferences and events around the country.