Underground is about passion. of course the word is missused and abused . a true underground artist will create music/art from the heart as apposed to something tailored to a commercial market.an underground event organiser will still put on the event for the love of it even if its going to lose money... underground artists can have a long career out of the often distructive gaze of mainsteam media and earn money which is closer to someone with a good job than the millions of there commercial counterparts. where as a commercial artist will probably have a short shelf life
"I have been buying his records for 15 years, a true underground artist"
"whatever happened to him , last year he was on every tv show , radio station and all the teenage girls had his tee shirt"