Indie music, defined!


From Urban Dictionary


indie music isnt a difinite style of music, but most indie bands are influenced by each other causing a similar sound. the sound is melodic, the instruments are simple but well textured. usually includes a simple but origanal guitar riff, another guitar riff layered to complement it, bass doing the same, simple drum beat (but fitting the song well) either a keyboard or violin or something to bring out the underlying melody, and soft vocals, usually well harmonized. the lyrics are powerfully emotional (but not whiney). they spark emotion but they dont talk about how there lives suck (very tastefull)

as a scene: people who love indie love it for its music alone. they try to keep it small because they dont want it to be a huge scene, they want to keep it about improving the sound, thats why they know a million bands you’ve never heard it, they just want to find new things to improve the music, but with anything good, dumb high school kids will ruin it. and most definitions on this site are of those igorant little kids, not indie fans
examples of indie music: death cab for cutie, pinback, modest mouse, decemberists, the arcade fire


Should be used to describe any unsigned artists or strictly speaking, those signed to an independent record label — where the term ‘indie’ originates.
Instead it is synonymous with the flannel and skinny jean-wearing baby-faced musicians, fitting into the “hipster” subculture, whose testicles are yet to drop. Their instrument of choice is either the acoustic guitar or the keyboard, that adds to their limp and poncy sound.
A: “Do you like indie music?”
B: “Yeah”
A: “What is your favourite indie band?”
B: “Anal Cunt”
A: “Aren’t they metal?”
B: “Well they have been signed to independent record labels throughout their history, so they are indie”


Original meaning: Any music that produced and released by independent bands or independent record labels, and consumed by adolescent and adults under 35 yro. Most of such music are produced with a low to moderate budget.

Modern meaning: bands with <100k likes on facebook and not on any major labels. music they produced and released is considered “indie”. But some of these bands are signed to subsidiaries of major labels, ie. Interscope, subpop…etc. In that sense, they shouldn’t be considered “indie”, rather major label artists with an “indie” aesthetic preference for marketing purposes.
arcade fire, mumford and sons, modest mouse, lumineers, mgmt,///indie music///


Generally music with a more obscure sound. Indie music consists of musicians who aren’t in it for the big label, but to make good music, or music they like. Genres include folk, rap, electronica, acoustic, etc.

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