Indie Music Is Not A Genre, It’s A Classification

As you all know, I listen to and play a LOT of indie music. In conversations with people over the past year or so, there’s a lot of confusion as to what the term “indie” means.

Basically, it’s a band or artist not signed to a major record label (like Atlantic, Capitol, Virgin, etc.).

Indie music is NOT a genre, like folk or rock. I hear people refer to a band as “indie” but really meaning “shoegaze” or “electronica.” Indie music is a classification, and not a genre.

There are tons and tons of indie labels all over the place. But lately, indie music has taken off in huge and lucrative ways. I recently discovered this great video that puts it all into perspective.

It’s on the Oregon Public Broadcasting site, located here:

Enjoy this insightful and great video with some bands you know and others you don’t (sound familiar?).

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