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I’m Danielle Dietze owner of The White Roach, a neighborhood record store in New Orleans.
In which city are you located?
New Orleans, Louisiana.
What musical styles do you specialize in?
We try to have a well-rounded selection of all genres. I’m a big blues and old-school country fan so we try to always have that. We also like to seek out original pressings/rare records.
Can you give a small tour of the music scene in your town?
There’s a ton of music in New Orleans. Community Records is a great local label.
What’s it like working in a record shop?
Man, it’s the worst. You just sit around and talk to cool people, listen to really good music, and have a full store of new records to explore.
What mind-blowing album are you listing right now?
There are so many, but currently, I got my hands on a nice copy The Tom Tom Club’s “Close to the Bone.”
What does it take for an indie record shop to survive?
I think you have to care a lot not only about the duration of your store but for your customers. If you care enough, it becomes much more than just a place to buy records, it becomes a community of sorts.
What does Record Store Day, mean to you and your business?
Record Store Day is basically Christmas for anyone who collects vinyl. It’s a great day for business, and a great time to show appreciation for all the customers that choose to come to your store for RSD.
Tips for musicians launching an album?
Play a lot of shows, network with other musicians, and get creative with your promotion. Also, cool artwork always helps.
5 local musician/bands to check out!
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New Orleans [Louisiana] city guide x Danielle Dietze
Café | District Donuts: best donuts in the city, great coffee, great folks
Restaurant | Vincent’s: old-school Italian food
Shopping | Flea Markets: local handmade goods, vintage, etc.
Grocery | Mardi Gras Zone : good variety of organic, reasonably priced, good food
Band | Fishplate: they rule