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Sound and fury: My internships in Detroit’s live music scene

March 24, 2011

headertreehouse1 Sound and fury: My internships in Detroit’s live music sceneAshley Abdenour (@Serenity_a) is from East Detroit, Mich. and blogs for MusicSkins.com.

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Ashley Abdenour, right, poses for a photo with Andrew McMahon, singer for Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin.

When I started college in Fall 2009, I had already completed one internship at a local label called Hell City Records, based in Detroit. After the semester started is when all my internships started to fall into place. By December, I started street teaming for Live Nation, which led to many great opportunities to get hands-on experience in the music industry.

I had planned an adventure doing the Vans Warped Tour 2010, but after all my efforts fell through, I ended up staying home. I continued to do intern work for events around Michigan through Live Nation while working for a production company on a music festival that would take place in Jackson, Mich.. I had the opportunity to see live acts such as The Black Keys, The Dead Weather, MGMT and many more.

At a music festival called the Land of Nod Music and Art Experiment, I helped with public relations, stage management, promotions, sound and as a main stage hand and runner. I also learned the meaning of damage control. It decided to pour rain for two straight days, so we had to make sure all the electrical equipment was safe and that everything ran smoothly — which included having to empty the canopy so gallons of water would not collapse on the stage.

Once, Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind walked up to me and told me how all his band’s merchandize was “hideous.”

We were also short staffed, so that gave me the opportunity (and the stress) of dealing with multiple aspects of running a festival.

Through all this, I’ve had some amazing experiences. I got to meet Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate/Jack’s Mannequin, who is my hero  — and once, Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind walked up to me and told me how all his band’s merchandize was “hideous.” I can only hope all these experiences will pay off in that dream job, but I’ll be having a blast doing as many internships as possible until that day comes.

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