Indie is not a genre was started for a purpose: to not trust the hype. The name “Indie is not a genre” is more than a name, it’s a statement. It’s a statement to support independent and DIY artists against the common notion that all “indie” means is skinny jeans and electro-pop. Indie has become something of a landfill term for all kinds of bands because the major labels have realized that the label “indie” sells. “Indie” has become nothing but an overused prefix.
Initially started in Germany in the summer of 2011, indie is not a genre soon grew into an international project. We cover a broad area of musical styles, ranging from rock to electronica to folk to singer songwriter and even to punk – because: indie is not a genre.
No fucking way am I signing to a major label, because you haven’t got a clue what you’re doing.
– Matt Healy, The 1975
In music, independent music, often shortened to indie music or “indie” is a term used to describe independence from major commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, and an autonomous, Do-It-Yourself approach to recording and publishing.
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