Not actually a musical genre. Stems from the meaning of independent labels, which can apply to any REAL musical genre, from punk to metal and their subgenres, to underground hip hop etc. Bands such as Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, The Academy Is, etc, are/were commonly labeled as Indie, but most bands that commonly fall into the "indie" label are actually just as easily (and correctly) labeled as art-rock or experimental.
Indie kids, however, are generally pretentious, stuck up (and by no means more educated/intelligent than anyone falling into another social group) copy-cats that think they know everything about music, movies, life, etc. One commonly sees them dressed up in earth tones with suspenders, sporting such "outdated" fashions as corduroy, and those slanted hats commonly associated with grandfathers and old-school
indie labels: anything that is not funded/ran by large corporations and multinational businesses, even more popular labels such as Epitaph and Fat Wreck-Chords would be considered independent labels
Indie kid 1: "Hey Chuck, did you hear that new Arcade Fire CD?"
Indie kid 2: Uh, James, Arcade Fire sold out man, they aren't indie. But those are some nice suspenders you have. Let's philosophize about the affect of cheese on society."
Indie kids have their own sense of every other group. They may think jocks are too dumb, cheerleaders are too whorish, emos are too pathetic or skaters are just a little out of control. They don't really fit in anywhere. Even around other indies they disagree on who is better, Death Cab or Cutie or the Snow Patrol.
You'll find them in Urban Outfitters, watching Epert and Roeper, or at a library.
They would rather express their own opinion, which is usually more educated than most, then try to fit into one group. This can be annoying because for the most part they are normal, functioning members of society. However, if you ever wanted to do somthing that is mainstream, such as dance at a club or play a sport, even those harmless things are too common for them. Its also a shame because they are usually educated enough to support why they like the Shins and go against the group, but they usually find flaws in everything that isn't in accordance with their own differing beliefs.
Nevertheless, they are better than the extreme, devoted goths, skaters and chavs because at least they are down to earth and know that acting like that is gonna get you nowhere.
The female indies usually end up being financial consultants and the male ones are usually english teachers.
Average Guy: Hey dude, wanna throw a football around?
Indie: Sorry 'dude', I'm trying to decide if Kerry's policies go against his counterpart's own ideals, before my interview at Brown at 4:30. I'd prefer something that can benefit me in 15 years more than tossing around something so pointless.
Average Guy: Well whatever, see you later outcast.
Goth: Hey you should wear some black eyeshadow, it will help show your rebellious side.
Indie: Rebel against what? I like my life and don't hate my parents. Don't be such a waste.
Normal Guy: Hey, I didn't see you at the dance.
Indie: God, I can't stand dances, the music is too loud and too idiotic, the women act like whores, the men act like animals and I would rather be anywhere else.
Normal Guy: Whatever man, I had fun.
Indie: I'm sure you would.
short for independent
associated with music and movies and other things
you're not an indie kid because you listen to earlimart or death cab for cutie. you're an indie kid because you're independent.
you are an indie kid because you are unique
I AM UNIQUE IN MY OWN WAY, I AM AN INDIE KID.
I am so cool because i love elliott smith and the killers. i also wear big flashy sunglasses at night and smoke cigarettes.
It's so hard to be truely 'indie' these days, isn't it? Its seems every time you try not to conform, you're conforming to something else - the non-conformists! Confusing!
But the only way to be indie in a small way is to just do what YOU want, dress how you want, listen to the music you like and everybody else can bugger off. The world doesn't have to see you as cool, there are always some people who think you are.
Nothing to do with scene kids, emos or whatever the hell constitutes as 'indie' these days.
Used to describe 'individual' or unsigned bands, but also, strangely, a genre (usually rock n roll or similar) that may or may not be mainstream.
I wish I could say I am 'indie' but that is just another steryotype. I am probably not cool enough to be indie anyway.
Abstract kids. nothing like them in the world. everybody says theyre always so smart and this and that. but u dont have to be a genius. you should just have strong opinions and the strength to back them up when they are questioned. indies just cool in general. it mostly deals with liking things that arent the norm. or dressing the way you want to dress. and being indie means that u dont like lables because they just suck. they chill at nifty places like shows, libraries, the ipod store, and urban outfitters. they dress different. no indie dresses alike so theres no real way to explain it, just that when you see an indie kid youll know its an indie kid.
anybody at urban outfitters.
anybody in the band death cab for cutie or sullivan etc....
u know. i cant really give an example of indie people bc theyre all so different. so im not even gonna bother anymore
indie kids,are often kids who reject labels and will only accept being called an indie kid if called so by a friend who understand that the indie kid did not try and obtain this label.
indie kids style is a mixture of independent factors that they enjoy.
sometimes pulling from the realms of folksy,punk or hip.
indie style is a mixture of other styles,layered to create something somewhat original with each person.
"thanks trent, i found it in my mom's closet. i like it because it's modern with a twist,and no one else will ever have the same one!"
"aw,you're kind of an indie kid."
"no its ok,as far as labels go that's not such a bad one to fit into"
Mainly consisting of high school and college students, Indie is a current and very popular social group among the unpopular social groups.
Usually characterized by local or obscure music, eclectic clothing from thrift stores or the nearest Urban Outfitters, and constant bickering between one another on which bands are becoming too mainstream.
If you are considering becoming an indie kid, be prepared for many long arguments over various books, movies, music, paintings, and obscure pop culture icons between other members in the group. Oh, and be prepared for hearing loss, as you will be expected to attend many local shows and concerts.
"Hey Jane, how was the Cavil At Rest show last night?"
"It was good, but their newest song sounds so mainstream,, Like they are changing their sound so they will get a record deal"
"Isn't that a good thing though? I mean, doesn't every band hope for a record deal?"
"Not Indie. Its about the music, not the fame."
People who don't think they are better than you in every way.
They know it.
I am one of them. Indie is still independent. For now.