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Indie music, short for independent music, is a subgenre of rock music that originated in the United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand in the early to mid-1980s. Indie music is characterized by its emphasis on artistic freedom, DIY ethos, and resistance to mainstream commercialization. Indie artists and bands often operate independently of major record labels, producing music on their terms, which has led to a creative and varied musical landscape.


Indie music defies strict musical boundaries, incorporating elements from various genres such as rock, pop, folk, electronic, and alternative. The genre is characterized by its experimentation and willingness to explore unconventional sounds and song structures.


One of the defining features of indie music is its independence from major record labels. Indie artists often release their music through independent labels or self-release their work. The DIY spirit of indie music encourages artists to be involved in various aspects of their careers, including songwriting, production, album artwork, and marketing. This hands-on approach allows for greater creative control and a direct connection between artists and their audiences.

Indie music has played a significant role in shaping popular culture and influencing mainstream artists and trends. Indie scenes exist in various countries and regions worldwide, leading to a wide range of styles. Indie music festivals, such as The Great Estate Festival (Scorrier, UK), Nozstock (Bromyard, UK), and Primavera Sound LA (Los Angeles, USA) provide platforms for emerging artists to showcase their talent.


Bands like The Smiths, Pixies, and Sonic Youth are considered pioneers of indie rock, contributing to the genre's early development and influencing subsequent generations of indie artists. Contemporary indie artists such as Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, and Tame Impala have achieved critical acclaim and commercial success, bridging the gap between indie sensibilities and mainstream appeal. Indie music has also expanded into folk and pop territories, with artists like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Sufjan Stevens gaining recognition for their introspective lyrics and soulful melodies.

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