Bram Kincheloe is a professional musician, writer, and small business owner. He started studying drums with renowned teacher Barbara Borden at the age of four. At eleven, he graduated to her teacher, Chuck Brown, who had also taught Terry Bozzio, Will Kennedy, and Dave Garibaldi. He was the youngest student ever accepted into Chuck Brown's studio. In 2002, Bram, then aged sixteen, moved to New York City on his own to pursue a career in jazz drumming. He attended Laguardia School of Performing Arts for one year before being accepted into Manhattan School of Music. While at Manhattan, attending on a Zildjian scholarship, he studied with Justin DiCioccio. During this time, he also studied composition and piano with Garry Dial, and was involved in various recording and performing projects headed by Dick Oatts, Steve Slagel, Kenny Wollesen, and many more. Through the years playing jazz, he has been honored to play with Lee Konitz, Branford Marsalis, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wynton Marsalis, Ben Street, Steve Cardenas and many others.
In 2005, Bram moved to Amsterdam to study abroad through a sister program at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, where he was involved in the creative music scene in Holland. Around this time, he also started seriously pursuing a parallel career in writing.
In 2008, he helped form the soul-rock band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds with two of his cousins. The band subsequently landed a much sought after residency at Rockwood Music Hall, building a large, devoted following. In 2011, they signed with New Frontier Touring, and began playing upwards of 175 shows a year, all across the USA, Canada, and beyond. Bram played many of the largest festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, Voodoo Fest, Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival (Macau, China) and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. The also opened for such acts as The Avett Brothers, Dr. John, and The Black Keys. While with the band, he recorded three albums, the last of which was produced by the famed bassist and producer Randy Jackson, of American Idol and Journey fame. Bram left the band in late 2014 to pursue a career both as a freelance musician and as a writer. Bram is an accomplished singer-songwriter, and plays piano, keyboards and guitar. He also has a degree from the Institute of Audio Research, having studied production techniques and ProTools.
His debut work, Hitchhiking in the Graveyard, was recently named the second place winner in the 2018 William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing competition. In early 2015, Bram was hired by SB Nation to cover the Golden State Warriors for the popular site Golden State of Mind. He is now a staff writer for the site, which is a subsidiary of Vox Media, as well as a contributor to SB Nation's national site.
In 2017, he became part owner and Director of Sales & Marketing for Bad Seed Cider. Bad Seed is the first company to put a truly dry, sugar-free cider into a can, and now has distribution in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, with more territories being open up every year.
He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, their dog, and two cats.