Jake Shafer fumbles with the compact disc player in his car as he drives to Ventura. At first glance it might seem as if he's driving to the Vans Warped Tour concert for pure fun, to see bands that are old favorites and catch new sounds.
But Schafer is mixing business and pleasure as an intern with the music company that produced the tour's compilation CD. Music blasting, he agrees with the old Mastercard advertisements that the opportunity to be an unpaid intern in the music industry is priceless.
Shafer chose to intern for SideOneDummy Records-an independent label that produces music for a dozen punk bands, including The Mighty Mighty Bosstones-because the Los Angeles-based label represents some of his favorite bands, groups he has been listening to for years.