Posts Tagged ‘Rambling’

Based on who you talk to, the state of indie music seems to be in a different place with every opinion. Some have happily accepted more mainstream recognition from the general public, while others have derisively seen the mainstream acceptance as pollution of the genre.

All in all, I thin that the state of indie music has managed to maintain an interesting balance. As mainstream appeal and recognition increases, so do the punishing elements from within the community. This essentially has created a self moderating system within the genre wherein a constant cycle of groups originate, go through transitions, until they make it big or flame out, then move on and leave room for the newcomers.

As indie music gathers more fans, the fans themselves serve to moderate and police the genre, boosting the groups that they like while protecting the genre by finding ways to deny the mainstream ready access to the community.

Therefore, indie music seems to be in a cycle of stability, if anything.


One of the questions that bears examining relates to indie groups, and what makes for a great group. Now, there are many indie groups of varying styles and skill levels, with some being obviously better than others.

I’m not really someone who hates mainstream music or derides indie bands that are good that end up making it big. In fact, I think the ones that make it biog do so because of their quality. I think the following factors make for a great indie group.

-Heart. Obviously, heart is something that is tricky to pin down, but when a group cares about their music, you can tell. Such love and devotion to the craft makes the music so much better. The difference is palpable.

-Uniqueness. While bands that make it big are often derided for being familair, i would argue that every group need sa unique aspect in order to do well. Such uniqueness is something to be prized for sure.

-Perseverance. The groups that work the hardest do the best.

In a way, I think its all of these traits that makes up a good indie group. It’s one of the main reasons why I don’t begrudge the groups that make it big. The effort and hard work and soul that goes into the process is something that is an investment into bigger things, with the dreams of the band riding heavily on it.