Indie means Independent
Music is constantly evolving with new genres being introduced every few years. Something which was once classified as Pop can now be classed as Dance or categorised into a sub genre such as “Dub-Step”. Generally at least every decade, the interpretation of a musical style has a paradigm shift and is classified as a new style or placed into a different category. Indie music is no exception to this and has changed remarkably since introduction to the masses in the 1980’s.
The term Indie essentially encompasses the meaning of Independent; bands of this style are generally self made bands which are, at least initially, making a name for themselves on their own. Small independent record labels sprung up to sign such artists to combat the monopolistic movements made by larger labels and faceless corporations. This helped to diversify musical genres and branch out from the conventional artists signed by the larger labels, for the sole purpose of profit and with no regard for musical innovation or artistic integrity.
There are two main classification of Indie music, fitting more into the genre of either Pop or Rock. It encompasses a wide variety of sub genres such as Grunge, Lo-Fi and, to an extent, the music also derives from popular post-punk bands, particularly from Scotland. Regardless of the sub genres or classification of Indie Pop or Rock, this particular musical style seemed to fill the void in music terms and redefine bands which would previously only be classed in broad terms as rock or pop.
The main ambassadors of Indie were made such by following the roots of the music with drive and ambition, following the post-punk “Do it Yourself” ethos. Such prominent figures include The Smiths, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth and The Pixies, all formed during the Independent Movement of the 1980’s.
Indie was characterised by many terms, being either too abrasive, too hypnotic or generally unconventional for the its time; Indie music was something new and previously unheard. This movement led to many further branches of music, such as Brit-pop and the Alternative movement of the 1990’s.