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: http://opbmusic.org/blog/entries/810-Indie-Rock-Explained
Enjoy this insightful and great video with some bands you know and others you don’t (sound familiar?).