July 25, 2013
Brian Spencer, ’13, finished his collegiate football career as Albion College’s all-time receptions leader because he was able to the slow the activity around him.
The East Lansing native is drawing upon those experiences this summer as he and his girlfriend, Jane Finkel, a rising senior at Albion, launch what they hope will be successful careers in the music industry. Spencer and Finkel, who is majoring in music with minors in art and French, form the duo Less Is More, which has booked regular performances at Goodfellow’s and the Pink Pony on Mackinac Island.
Life on the island is a definite change for Spencer. Instead of lifting weights in preparation for the football season, the communication studies graduate who minored in management can be seen biking with a guitar slung on his back and pulling a cart carrying speakers and other equipment.
Finkel and Spencer, who have been performing together for three years, got another break this summer when they were accepted into the Traverse City Film Festival. The festival, scheduled for July 30-Aug. 4, will coincide with the release of original songs including “Seesaws and Skyscrapers.”
The duo will pursue their music careers separately in the fall. Finkel will go off campus to work at Art on Air, a nonprofit organization based in New York City that strives to be a leading source for music, audio art, cultural dialogue and new media innovation. She also will record her first solo album, while Spencer will complete a 14-week program in recording arts at the Dark Horse Institute in Franklin, Tenn.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter of my life," Spencer said. “Music is at the forefront of every idea that I am having. I am going to work hard to use my bachelor’s [degree] that I got from Albion and combine that with the sound/audio engineering degree I'll receive from the Dark Horse Institute.
“As far as Less Is More is concerned, we are coming out with a YouTube venture called Mackinac Sessions,” Spencer added. “We will be recording our own material at beautiful venues around the island.”