Basin St. Beignets

Dr. Sean Anderson introduces Mark Samuels of Basin St. Records.

3–18–19: We started our day with a very thorough discussion of the New Orleans jazz production scene with Mark Samuels, President of Basin St. Records. Some highlights included Mark’s outlook on the new media of music distribution and enjoyment. He remains an avid supporter of physical copies such as CD’s and Vinyl, but also realizes the importance of releasing music digitally through dozens and dozens of streaming services. Mark Samuels is not only a music producer but a born and bred New Orleanian, and shared his opinion on both the local and federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Overall, it was a great experience hearing from the perspective of someone holds a lot of influence in the dominating sonic art form of New Orleans. After, we enjoyed coffee and beignets at a Cafe Du Monde food truck!

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