as a mindset, a movement that revolves around choosing music, clothing and general culture based on their individual benefits and 'pros' so to speak; also could be incarnated in one who isnt overly pretentious because of someone else's opinions. Not to be confused with indie yuppies who are typically malinformed rich white kids, elitist about their tastes whilst not quite having the intellect to back up their own opinions.
typical indie attitude towards daily happenings:
I like the shins based on the atmosphere that their songs give, and the way in which they alter my mood, not just because i saw them on garden state.
This brand isn't particualrly 'cool' but i like this shirt so i will buy it and not fuck around because someone else doesnt
it has been said many different ways. But "indie" is very broad and encompasses a lot. Its not always a person who tries to go against the main stream-but just someone who likes what isn't popularized... Indie is what something is before its watered down and presented for basic and massive culture. Yes some people who like indie music are proud and can be sarcastic to those that do not try to further their tastes beyond mtv, radio and mega cd stores. Indie-"kids" tend to hunt out more for music.
Indie can also appeal to hip hop, electro, baile funk, and every catagory-since it justs means independent.
music kid: i love death cab, and the killers- their so indie!
Indie person: Actually they're quite mainstream, try again. Instead perhaps: Red paintings, silversun pickups, the knife, Dresdon Dolls, Clouddead, CocoRosie, SpankRock, Diplo, Hot chip, Muslimgauze, Milosh, Neon Blonde, Nouvelle Vague, Rasputina, Von Iva, and Arcade Fire!
it's a word shortened from independent for a reason. indie isn't something you can copy or try to be and it's not supposed to be a sterotype. you can't try to dress like an indie kid because then you'll be a poser. and there's no real definition because indie is whatever everyone else isn't and whatever you are. everyone is trying to make it into a style and it's about the music anyways, and originality
"indie films are always the best, especially because no one knows about them"
Although often defined as a certain musical category, technically indie would apply to all types of music without a record label. So a person rapping on the corner of a steet without a record label could easily be considered indie just as some weird obscure band. But most people are dumb and dont realize this, so the word indie in general usually applies to rock bands no one heard of.
Lame Biter Bitch: what type of music do you listen to?
Me: what ever i feel like.
Lame Biter Bitch: so like whats your favorite band?
Me: um, modest mouse i guess.
Lame Bitch: oh, i listen to indie, like boys like girls.
Me: you are a dumb bitch. that did not make any fucking sense.
Indie is a term used to describe Independent music. It is music that is less commercial and generally has a more unique sound but will sometimes end up sounding like other indie bands. Now most people on here are basically using bands like Arcade Fire, The Shins, ect. to describe Indie music. However the word indie means much more than alt rock, and basically includes like a million subgenres.
Indie can be rap.
Indie can be folk (it is a lot of the time).
Indie can be pop.
Indie is often international music.
INDIE IS NOT JUST ALTERNATIVE ROCK. Unless you are referring to mainstream "indie" bands. Then usually they will be.
Kid #1: Well what bands do you like?
Indie kid: The Vaselines, Belaire, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, Aesop Rock, Devendra Banhart a lot of random indie shit.
Kid #1: Indie? Oh like The Arctic Monkeys right???
Indie kid: No.
short for independant
musicians with an individual sound
usually soft, beautiful, and meaningful (to the artist and fans at least) or upbeat and danceable.
very devoted fan base, at least in the past.
doesnt care if you make fun of it, because its just that cool.
isnt really indie anymore since its been mainstreamed by movies such as garden state.
however indie will fade from the scene in a short while and those left will once again be respectable.
explosions in the sky, sigur ros, godspeed you black emperor, damien rice, jonathon rice, elliot smith, rilo kiley, tegan and sara, joanna newsom, regina spektor
i dont call meself indie
A misnomer for a particular style of music. It formerly was used to correctly classify music that was "underground" and not supported by major music labels. Popular thought in recent years has been that it is itself a style of music, usually 80's throwback, alternitive-style music.more...
Any band in any style of music can be indie by virtue of not being signed.The style is not important; it is independence from major labels that makes a band independent, or "indie". This idea has been lost due to the popularity of the term indie as it is used today.
The reason it became so popular is because to like indie music, in its correct sense, was respectable because you're bypassing the corporate music machine and finding music that you like on your own. As more and more hipster-type kids wanted to appear as deep as possible, they would answer the question "What kind of music do you like?" with "Indie." As time went on, this answer became so popular that the music that many of them listened to started to be referred to as indie. After a while of this, bands that are on major labels started to be absorbed into this pseudo-genre, rendering it an oxymoron.
Since the loosely associated music that is referred to as indie cannot properly be grouped and classified, a more appropriate label for what is erroneously referred to as indie would be "scene." The scene kid...