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Spencer Kane

PART 1: The Real Cost of Production in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

In 1985, Austrian artist Falco released his eventual number one Billboard single Rock Me Amadeus and introduced me to a technology in the music industry that hadn't really been exposed to the masses at that level.

Mentors We Don't Realize Exist

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Patrick Hess

Sitting around arm and arm with my siblings, aunts and mother eight years ago as my dad struggled for each breath is a moment in my life I will never forget.

The Waiting Game in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

It was during this conversation that I witnessed Spencer's eyes sparkle in a different way. For him, he knew that he had ability and some talent. He also knew he wasn't a prodigy. For Spencer, he came to understand that this mentor was talking about the layaway plan.

Christians in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Why is it so commonly accepted to have everyday workers in real world situations represent their faith whenever possible, but if a Christian chooses a career in the music industry, their music must be conforming to church praise and worship lyrical standards and style?

Protecting Your Heart in the Music Business

Patrick Hess | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Early on in the process of building my son's music career, I sought advice from an industry veteran who is also a faith-based family man like I try to be. I asked him what I could do as a father and manager of my son to help him most. His advice was simply three words: 'Protect his heart.'

Balancing Creativity Against Business in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Patrick Hess

The single biggest challenge for an artist regarding the music business is the eye-opening truth they discover as they pursue their dream. The business side of music always reveals gut-wrenching realities.

The Power Social Media Has Over Teen Lives

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.12.2014 | Media
Patrick Hess

When setting up for a live video stream of a rehearsal for Spencer Kane's summer tour in the studio at Remedy Live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he and I to...

Does Morality Exist in the Music Business?

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

From the outside, it can seem formulaic, but from the inside of the industry, behind the closed doors of the ivory towers and backrooms of clubs, there is a reality that seriously hinders my faith in believing a career can be launched without cheating.

Always Learning How to Choose Wisely

Patrick Hess | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

I can only hope that some day he will recall the problem-solving process I went through to arrive at a safe solution. He will definitely need that skill to survive in the music business.

Staying Healthy in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

For the few moments of shine an artist may experience at a concert or during a media interview, there are hundreds and hundreds of hours of grueling mental and physical tolls they've gone through to get there.

Dealing With Relationships, Timing, and Rejection in the Music Business

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

When meandering the world of the music business for my son, relationships and timing is everything. No matter how talented an artist may be (or not be), it still revolves around relationships and whether the artist's particular flavor of music and/or image is what the market demands at the time.

When The Beach Boys Were Teen Idols

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Looking back I realize the impact music had on our family. Every one of us bought 45's for our personal record players in our rooms. At every age in our home, music was a dynamic that tied us together.

The Fantastic Dreams We Dream

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

As any parent can relate, the bewilderment and oft spoken belief for a future of adventure and excitement that our children share at various ages is something we cherish and reminisce at the same time.

Dealing With Online Stalkers

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Patrick Hess

Having a son who is gaining popularity worldwide has created some necessary auditing of his social media and phone texts. Trust me, it's an outgrowth of his pursuit of singing and acting as a minor, but it's also something that I don't believe many parents really grasp.

5 Myths About Launching a Music Career

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

The problem I've always had with reading definitive "how-to" lists is that depending on the individual, the lists may show too much bias one way or an...

The Fantasy of Reality TV Talent Shows

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

It isn't about the lottery-like TV talent show that will help Spencer get discovered. It's all about the good old formula of hard work. Then more hard work. And finally, hard work.

Parent or Manager? The Challenges of Helping My Son Succeed

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

For most American parents, the balancing of a job and parenting children is enough. Add any sort of activities that require carpooling and tightly gripping a camera phone, recording the memories that will be broadcast on your Facebook page, and it's exhausting.