Indie is short for independent. Popularly used as a short term for "indie rock", although this is meant to be inaccurate.

Some people are unaware that indie rock is just rock music whose artists are on an independent (or indie) record label.

Indie is not a genre of music. It can be hip hop on an independent record label. The latter is a record label which operates without funding by major record labels.

There are also indie films, indie art, etc., which are films/art/etc which are independent from commercial, mainstream establishments (just like indie music).
dizzee rascal, rebecca black, fleet foxes and arcade fire are all indie artists. they are on independent record labels.
by true_indie34 June 08, 2011
The indie scene had originally been started by people who wanted to deviate from the norms of society. They did this through both music and fashion.

Contrary to popular belief, indie was never just about listening to bands nobody else had heard of - it was about appreciating all music for what it was - a form of entertainment, that appeals to different people.

This spawned a generation of Indie kids, who would go out of their way to try and be as "indie" as possible, essentially conforming to the acceptable indie standards. The indie scene quickly became the one thing that it set out to differentiate itself from - a clique.
What most "indie" kids dont realise is that looking indie, and listening to indie bands just isn't enough. You can't just "become" indie - you either are, or you're not. Being "indie" to try and conform to the indie scene is not indie, because it defeats the point of being indie. Indie is about being independent, therefore, following your own style and own opinions. Someone who is really indie will dress how they want to, look how they want to (though i guarantee that the jeans, hoody, messy hair look will be popular) and listen to whatever music they want to. most importantly, to not care what others think, and to be universally accepting to every genre of music, and not just write it off because it doesn't fall into a certain category.
Being truly indie is really like being "none of the above".
Guy 1: That girl's indie because she listens to arctic monkeys and wears dresses that look like they're from the 1960's
Guy 2: That doesn't make her indie, that just means she looks like someone who has been inspired by the indie scene

Guy 3: Look at the indie kids gathered outside starbucks. They all look the same.

guy 4: They probably aren't all indie then, most of them probably just like the idea of being indie.
by Samwiez September 27, 2010
Stop talking about indie.
Everyone likes indie, stop talking about it.
by Danyes August 10, 2006
In Britain:
An alternative type of music that often has deep meaningful lyrics or can have ironic story like lyrics. Vocals tend to be mild, somber and heartfelt and music involves guitars /and or piano and drums. Acustic guitars are a favourite. The result is downbeat, beautiful rock that has alot of meaning. People that listen to indie can be anyone; but people that wear cord blazers, worn jeans and scarves are often catorised as Indie. Oh why do we have these genres???
"Yey! I love that new Snowpatrol album!"
by Jennifer April 09, 2004
Used to describe a style of subculture for those closely associated with indie music. Indie people generally:

Listen to: Arcade Fire, tilly on the wall, tokyo police club, bishop allen, tv on the radio, The Ting Tings, Bright Eyes, cold war kids, The faint, ghostland observatory, of montreal, Interpol, bloc party... as a general rule, if its from the UK its usually pretty good. \Also they get disinterested as soon as a band gets big and signs with a major record label (examples - death cab for cutie, modest mouse, Franz Ferdinand, the killers, the strokes, arctic monkeys)

Wear: converse shoes, stripes, band shirts, vintage clothing, leather jackets, tight fitting jeans, messenger bags, thick rimmed glasses,

Eat: organic wraps, vegan foods, coffee

own: flight of the Concords on dvd, Donnie Darko, the science of sleep, fight club, garden state, microKORG, vintage record player, acoustic guitar, tambourine.

regular dude - Hey you wanna come with me to the maroon 5 concert this Friday?

Indie Kid - no thanks, I would rather stay at home and paint while listening to fleet foxes.
by JosieJO April 12, 2009
most are down to earth,
like people who recycle, use non-harmful to enviornment products etc.
yes it does stand for independant,
usually these people do not like labels and go for the labels suck routine,
they listen to a lot of bands that are "underground" such as the hush sound, and death cab for cutie which are some of the more popular bands.
no not all of them are bitchy and don't listen to other people's opinions although some are.
most are pretty open-minded to others opinions but prefer to go along with there own.
they are usually out-casts that don't fit in in any stereo-typical group.
many despise the "hot topic" scene because they think it's just for a bunch of depressed people who can only think about death,
you can usually find them hanging out at:
urban out fitters,
coffee shops,
or shows.
most tend to be on the computer a lot.
as i have always said indie people come in different varieties,
they made this stereotype for the people who didn't really fit in in just one area.
and i must say that they have the best fucking music i have ever heard.
indie kidd
by melissa hillis July 24, 2008
1. Used to describe a music genre including Alternative/Rock/Punk elements. Include bands such as: The Smiths, Radiohead & The Libertines.

2. Clothes including Mod elements, often non-branded items. Indie kids may visit shops such as: Beyond Retro, Urban Outfitters or Fred Perry. Examples of indie clothes are: Pointy brown shoes, Skinny jeans, Polo tees or checked shirts, leather jackets.

3. Word mistakenly and wrongly used by underage kids to describe themselves as "cool". Often those who go to shops such as Topman, or read NME as it is so cool.

Indie Kid: How much did you pay for In Rainbows? They made more from this album than Hail to the Thief.

Scenester: Radiohead are soooo good, have you heard Paranoid Android? I read in NME

Indie Kid: Yes...

Normal Person: What clothes did you buy?

Indie Kid: Just a new pair of shoes and a Lyle & Scott t-shirt.

Scenester 1: We are so indie with our Topman hoodies, hey
can we go and buy NME to read the New Bands section?

Scenester 2: I know, Pigeon Detectives are going to be soooo good. We should also go to The Wombats, they're sickk.

Indie Kid: I've already seen the Pigeon Detectives by chance and they're really not that good... Try Babyshambles or The Cribs.

Scenester 1: Yeah The Cribs are quality. They played them in topman earlier. Hey is that song "Did you see the stylish kids in the riot...?" by Babyshambles or The Libertines?


Indie Kid: No that's not true... Anyway I have to go to the record store.

Scenester 3: Is that the one in Shoreditch? It's sooo indie there, let's go!

Indie Kid: *Hits Head on Bound Together book*
by Jack Penate Hater January 06, 2008
clique: a kid in high school or college who likes indie music, is usually intelligent, buys what they want and doesnt take shit from anybody, and can either be unpopular or popular with all other cliques (except for the cheerleaders, whose slutty shallow personalities won't talk to indie girls because they don't have a Gucci purse). Indie kids are usually witty and funny (in a quirky way).

INDIE IS NOT EMO OR GOTH. Those kids are a few steps farther to the pissed off side of life than indie kids. Most indie kids are happy =D

not sure, but most indie kids i know are democrats.
Cheerleader: hey, eww, indie kid!

Jock: that's my girlfriend.

Nerd: That's my lab partner.

Funny girl: that's my bff!

Cheerleader: but she's wearing UO!

Jock: yeah, well she's hotter than you. and she listens to cool music. =]

Nerd: she gets better grades than me too.

Funny girl: she's HILARIOUS!

Indie girl: basically, i'm me, and i'm happier than any cheerleader.

Cheerleader: hmph! whateverr slut.

Indie girl: scuse me, i dont open my legs to passing men. =]
by elin =] September 16, 2007

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