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A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head
Hannah LePage Popular Music & Identity Professor Avant-Mier May 8, 2010
A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head
Separating Them From The Bunch Long messy brown hair falls down her back, wayfarers covering her eyes, and a vintage housedress she picked up at the thrift store hangs on her all organic-vegan-fed frame. She parks her fixed-gear bike in front of the local coffee shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. She reaches into her basket and grabs a stack of hand-drawn posters advertising a local band’s upcoming concert. On the weekends she supports local talent and frequents the record store scavenging for treasures. Her shelves are packed with books on art and philosophy and her closet is filled with vintage rags. She surrounds herself with like-minded individuals who discuss openly their strong liberal views, and her only Republican friend she refers to as just that. Some band you have probably never heard of is playing in her ear, and by the time you have heard of it, she is on to the next no-namer. She is an indie head. The foundation of indie music dates back to Britain‘s Mod era during the 1960s with the birth of rock bands such as The Who and The Clash. What separated these bands from others was their rebellious attitude and outspoken nature. These bands would later come to influence many indie bands of the 1980s and 1990s. Later came the emergence of indie music in the U.S. during the 1980s. Most recently during the 2000s, the indie scene has had a revival with bands like Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Franz Ferdinand. In addition, indie music presents an obsession with authenticity and archivalism, most specifically adopting traits of the 1960s hippie counterculture. Acclaimed artists from the 1960s like The Zombies, The Velvet
Similarly if you were to look The Shins up on Wikipedia you would find that they are categorized as indie rock. synthpop. Most commonly one band may fall under various overlapping genres. Stores like TopShop and Miss Selfridge. have capitalized on Indie fashion trends such as these. both originally out of London. Some examples would be Black Kids. alternative rock and even indie pop. 3 Indie can literally be translated as independent. indie rock. Jimi Hendrix remain popular classic indie bands today. Replacing these ideals is the ―Do-It-Yourself‖ approach that lies at the heart of independent thought. folk rock and sadcore. This trend of uniqueness and individuality follows into indie fashion trends as well. visual art or film. A perceived independence places emphasis on retaining a creative independence rather than literal separation from major labels. whether it is music. In indie music. dance punk and alternative dance. the indie fashion head borrows previous styles to date to create an iconic carefully sculpted just-out-of-bed vintage look. this independence of artists in different cases may be real or perceived. Songs of this genre will also often include unconventional instruments. rarely will you find a band that falls solely under the genre of indie. Fetishizing the authentic.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head Underground. Cat Power. a band out of Jacksonville Florida. Janis Joplin. A rejection of brand names and an appreciation for all things vintage and second-hand embody the indie fashion mindset. This unique culture allows individuals to discover purer qualities of art. such as the accordion or banjo. Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Naturally this desire to be independent often extends beyond the music industry. . Today the heart of indie life throbs in young urban areas like Williamsburg. The independent culture is an avant-garde lifestyle in which one consciously deviates from commercialism and mainstream life. a popular indie band falls under four genres of indie rock. indie pop. With this being said. fitting under the labels of indie pop.
He states. canonism. In following this look. Similarly the female indie head plays with her gender with a 1940s hairstyle. a term that would seem foreign to indie. indie fashion has developed its own stereotypical look. He wears tight pants. social and cultural context of indie music cannot be overlooked when studying the genre. He argues that the genre projects an underlying masculinity through the primary presence of the guitar. As a male indie head. Mathew Bannister discusses the canon of the indie culture. Oxford shoes and possibly even a pair of suspenders. white masculinities.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head Like all other styles. Bannister argues that the historical. Bannister focuses his study on indie guitar rock. Specifically. This term often refers much more to appearances of ‗cool‘ rather than an independent way of life. it actually holds a great deal of canonism in its roots. ―the prevalence of guitars is a preliminary indication of indie‘s canonical nature‖ (Bannister 2006. Bannister defines canon as ―an authoritative list of ‗those works and authors whom the… . Bannister suggests is an inherent trait of it. only shaggy to shoulder-length hair will do. complimented of course by a beard and or mustache. he or she may often mistakenly be labeled as a hipster. He also emphasizes the masculinity of indie music through the rock tradition. Canon. and classic black Chuck Taylor on his feet. Under his plaid button-down he lets his washed out ‗80s screen print tee peek through so onlookers can read his all-too-witty humor. and a cocktail of flirty floral prints. 78). He is arguing that while it seems like the indie culture was born out of a defiance of tradition. This word is most often used in a derogatory sense to describe people who follow indie fashion trends. 4 A Reflection On Those Who Have Come Before: In his article. ‗Loaded’: indie guitar rock.
He argues that archivalism holds more importance than simply a means of subversion. an opposite of impurity is implied. this otherness is mainstream culture. purifying. however it also creates what Bannister refers to as an otherness. As he states. He argues that this canon of indie music is both formulated by and represents white men. He concludes. This purity creates a unity of experience. Lastly. 78) 5 This notion of negotiation is what most often gets over looked within the independent culture. The culture draws back on previous decades to send a message to present day mainstream society. ―ideas about separating. In relation to this notion of authenticity. He labels indie as a pre-sexual or asexual purity that broke away from traditional rock.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head establishment… considers major‘ (Childers and Hentzi.they are political and selective… there is an assumption here… that independence is always a form of negotiation with the dominant culture. As Bannister states. It is only by exaggerating the difference between within and without… that a semblance of order is created‖ (Bannister 2006. There then becomes the question of what constitutes pure or impure music of a certain genre. 37)‖ (Bannister 2006. Bannister examines the role of purity within the indie culture. Bannister also touches upon a theme close to the indie culture. ―this asexuality… was not only a reaction to the hyper sexuality of 1980s mainstream. 80). archivalism. Indie is in a way a classic movement. Whenever the issue of purity is brought up. In indie‘s case. In this way we can relate it to communication as political. Through this backward-looking approach. a much more complex and ambiguous notion than simple resistance. demarcating and punishing transgressions have as their main function to impose system on an inherently untidy experience. it births a new authenticity. but also an attempt to accommodate feminist critiques of rock as . 87). (Bannister 2006. Canon-related practices such as archivalism are not simply cataloguing of the past. Bannister argues that indie was created in reaction to a sexist and hypersexualized mainstream society.
that features Kim Deal on bass. This may be because it is more of the idea of indie rather than an obsession with a particular sound that distinguishes the culture. one-third female. much of the indie fan base comes from a middle-class background. In her book. Fonarow recognizes the foundation of the indie community and the class. However. (Fonarow 2006. which compromise on average only between 1 and 3 percent of an audience on any given night. . Fonarow proceeds to acknowledge female indie artists such as The Pixies. ―she appears much more interested in the idea of indie. In a review of the book. Indie fans come from a cross-section of classes. Fonarow stresses the common reference to indie music as ‗feminine‘ and ‗wimpy. In a second study. 293). rather than its aural trace‖ (Moore 2008. Indie is also primarily a white phenomenon that has very little participation from… other ethnic communities. In her study. two-thirds of the indie community is male. 12) With this being said. This relates back to Bannister‘s previous point that indie‘s purpose is much deeper than a mere form of resistance. from unemployed youth on government relief to affluent private school students. In Britain. 92). Wendy Fonarow writes on the identity of indie music in her book. Instead it rejects certain ideals in mainstream society in order to create ones deemed more pure.‘ It seems a self-contradiction that such a traditionally masculine genre could evoke such emotions.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head 6 sexist‖ (Bannister 2006. Fonarow explores the identity of indie music and attempts to uncover the particular type of music this genre exudes. Allan Moore reflects. Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music. She continues to note more recognizable female figures as well as other ‗minorities‘ that have been creeping up on the indie scene. a Boston band considered to be a major influence on indie music. racial and gender layers of its identity. Also with recognizing this tradition of masculinity in indie music.
asceticism. In relation to this. With so many indie artists being a contradiction to their own genre. and as a ritual process of communication. However. . what authority does a website such as Wikipedia have to decide whether or not a band is considered to be indie or pop? Furthermore. why people enter it. fashion. ―Rituals address cultural conflicts and contradictions. 2).A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head She also reminds us that the indie culture is one of relevance to the youth culture. emotion. and performance style‖ (Fonarow 2006. As a ritual process. 2). it seems there must be an alternate identity that transcends ―a distinctive sound. but one that we can still identify through a particular attitude. She explains. one of which being Play Radio Play. and what it means when it has been left behind‖ (Fonarow 2006. Indie is in itself a contradiction of sort. There are few bands that fall solely under the category of indie music. mode of production. why people leave it. youth and the nature of creativity in modern Western industrial society‖ (Fonarow 2006. Indie music performance and ideology are an expression of cultural values regarding the role of art. Fonarow argues that indie is an ethos. the body. 7 A Call To Action If we study independent music similarly to how we study popular music. both as a category of music that includes various subgenres. 51). Fonarow defines indie music to be a ritual process of communication. ―Indie music requires an understanding of the youth community. we can attempt to clarify the indie identity. a way of life. the indie community is a reflection on all aspects of present culture. This bond between indie music and youth culture is what keeps the genre changing with the times. by its nature.
yourself. we find most prevalently a concern for a purity of creativity in the indie genre. In doing this. By examining the culture of pop music. I will attempt to clarify indie music through comparisons and contrasts. This perceived independence is what I aim to examine and define more clearly. Then I am going to do an ideological analysis of Indie music. .A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head what does it mean for a particular band to fall under the category of indie pop? I would argue that there must be some aspect other than a concrete contract with a major-label that distinguishes a band as popular or indie. By sampling some lyrics of indie music. I plan to explore the question of whether or not indie music can be defined as a particular type of sound. Drawing similarities of such measures will help us clarify a better image of not only the indie sound but the indie thought as well. specifically of love and gender. less has been said about what exactly defines the ideals behind indie lyrics. First I will give a lyrical analysis by studying a selection of indie lyrics. I aim to define the ideals. However. I hope to arrive at a better understanding of the relationship between music and the individual and the influences on both. indie music is studied in terms of its political significance and its significance as a method of subversion. I will approach indie music under the ritual view of communication where it involves the participant listener and their reception of the music. Most often. Within this notion of the perceived. and if so what that sound is. We must demand a culture such as this to encourage creative abilities and expressions of all forms. To be independent not only in the music industry but in all aspects of life means to be 8 responsible for pleasing one person. This independent mindset allows for an acceptance and ingenuity that surpasses any other genre of music. that the indie culture speaks for.
. As we watch it melt. She remarks on the irony of this activity. Like what's this morning's paper got to say. we are not necessarily acting on anything.. This is a major commentary on our society and the unimportant activities that we consume our lives. something beyond the horizon. In their song. ―The Good That Won‘t Come Out. However we must access this potential and call upon it for it to have any significance. ―This new confection has left me wondering why I can't concern myself with ordinary trite. All of our friends were gathered there with their pets just talking shit about how we're all so upset about the disappearing ground. Trust your instincts. They distract us from leading a better experience. that of conversation and reflection on the flaws of society. this is no umbrella to take into the wind‖ (The Shins 2001). These issues that people concern themselves with are not what is important. she is referring to our potential to make a difference. In her song. . It's all of the good that won't come out of us and how eventually our hands will just turn to dust.‖ The Shins reflect on the insignificance of our daily lives. In a similar light. and which brand of coffee to make. They suggest that we must concern ourselves with something greater. trust yourself. ―Girl Inform Me.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head Let’s get away Many indie lyrics focus on the struggle to escape from the constraints of society. if we keep shaking them.. When she speaks of the good that won‘t come out of us. Kiley is mocking those who sit around and discuss the problems of society but yet do nothing about it.‖ Kiley talks about a common indie activity. Don‘t be led astray by society or anyone else. Rilo Kiley speaks on our inactive state as individuals in society. They 9 express a concern with the obstacle of conforming to something you are not. Let's get together and talk about the modern age. in that by talking about it. (Kiley 2002) The image of idol hands references our failure to act on our convictions.
Death Cab for Cutie remarks on the merging of soul and body in our human experience.‖ The Shins present the image of love as a seascape.‖ they refer to this merging point as a destination that one reaches. ―Sea Legs. and feel. a far off place. . that is one of innocence and tenderness. And I do believe it‘s true that there are roads left in both of our shoes. In the male perspective. All you need is love We can view the image of love from two perspectives within the indie genre. we get a similar idea of love. Cause in my head there‘s a greyhound station where I send my thoughts to far off destinations. but if the silence takes you then I hope it takes me too. (The Shins 2007). for the thing carries every hope. ―Soul Meets Body. The choice is yours to be loved. I invest in a single lie. and bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing. In their song. if you're a seascape. I want to live where soul meets body. I'm a listing boat. There is the implication that there is some world more desirable than this one. Girl. that of male and that of female artists. And I cannot guess what we'll discover when we turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels. 10 Life is perceived as a journey. The washing of each other‘s hands suggests a concept of love based on friendship.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head Lastly. we are given an ideal of love founded upon freedom and companionship. Come away from an emptier boat… Throw all consequence aside and a cheerless pyre we will set alight. (Death Cab for Cutie 2005). and let the sun wrap its arms around me. In their song. So they may have a chance of finding a place where they‘re far more suited than here. feel what its like to be new. But I know our filthy hands can wash one another‘s and not one speck will remain. Men want a woman who is clever yet passionate. Within both views however. and the place where soul meets body is the destination. This pursuit of the truth and the companionship along the way is the embodiment of indie thought.
And I long for this mirrored perspective when we'll be lovers. Let's get rich and give everybody nice sweaters and teach them how to dance. Self-awareness also appears to be an important aspect of love within the indie ideal. We might not have any money. the girl is presented with the choice to be loved as opposed to it being forced upon her. Michaelson presents a mentality in which all you need to be happy is love. but we've got our love to pay the bills… Oh. you and I. there my honey. So does the suggestion of buying people sweaters and teaching them how to dance. She flaunts a quirky carefree attitude with no concern for how she will be received by society. . In their song. you and I. Ingrid Michaelson. The boat is there to rescue her from an empty life without love. In the song. From the female perspective. In this image however. ―I Will Possess Your Heart. Indie pop. let's get rich and buy our parents homes in the South of France. lovers at last‖ (Death Cab for Cutie 2008). she uses a witty humor to comment on a bourgeois society and an image of love.‖ Death Cab for Cutie speaks on this aspect of love as reflection. I see my reflection as I slowly pass. you and I. This inclination to separate oneself from society and live a different life is characteristic of the indie culture. we find a somewhat parallel view of love. Let's get rich and build our house on a mountain making everybody look like ants from way up there. this desire for a love of companionship is typical of indie thought. gives a sarcastic critique on society in her song. folk artist. However. (Michaelson 2008). Don't you worry. ―There are days when outside your window. This reflection of seeing ourselves clearly and seeing ourselves in another is essential to our understanding of love here.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head 11 They suggest you must enter love by throwing caution to the wind. The suggestion of paying the bills with love seems absurd. in this image quite literally. Be OK. ―You and I‖ off her album.
one that we try to protect at all costs. She exposes us alike as emotional beings. If we understand indie music within the ritual view of communication. suffering is the sign of the elect status—it demonstrates sensitivity and depth of character. The heart is a muscle. Michaelson speaks on our 12 fragility as humans. However. both men and women alike. In this sense. breakable girls and boys. . Michaelson points out how easily influenced we are by love. breakable. indie fans view themselves as the elect who can recognize the truth in music‖ (Fonarow 2006. 56).A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head In another song. as she refers to breakable girls and boys. And we are so fragile. And our cracking bones make noise. So it's fairly simple to cut right through the mess. the language of pathos. and we are just. breakable. (Michaelson 2006) It is important to note in this case that Michaelson makes no distinction between gender. Because of their contemplative melancholia. Now seen as popular and no longer indie. their place and credibility in the indie community is greatly diminished. ―For indie. ―Breakable‖ off her album. Girls and Boys. these bands are often labeled as sell-outs. and to stop the muscle that makes us confess. Finding an Identity Beyond The Lyrics Often times when musicians make the transition from independent to signing with a major label. Her view of love is one of delicate emotions and young eager hearts. we must recognize that this independence. Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts? Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts. indie can be perceived as a search for the truth. by reducing us to nothing more than the bones that protect our hearts. Indie is using music as a diary on a journey to find our place in the world. It is a language that everyone can use and understand. it involves the participant listener and their reception and reaction to the music. This is a struggle that all artists must face when gaining a fan base.
mainstream and underground. This readiness to test new ideas is keeping record labels like this one a step ahead. and willing to try something a little different‘ ‖ (Iacono 2002. John David Farinella commends the Albuquerque natives for their ―sonic virtues. This struggle of placing ourselves on the continuum of independence is one that we all face as individuals in one society. The Shins can now add pop to their latest list. ‖ and their influence for ―the (past six years standing near the top of the indie music mountain‖ (Farinella 2007. In his article. With a sound that draws form multiple musical genres from alternative rock. 90).A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head 13 both perceived and real is not so black and white but rather a continuum of identity. We want to work with artists who are serious about telling stories. we could discover much about the Indie genre. The Los Angeles independent record label. but just please do it on someone else‘s time and with someone else‘s money. ― ‗If you want to be a rock star. A disclaimer on their web site reads. In particular. The New Mexico natives form a fitting model for a successful Indie band that has managed to stay authentic to indie music. painting picture with sound. . Todd Clifford and Graham MacRae. Sea Level Records. 117). to alternative country and diving head first into folk. Their music first became popular through their prominent role on the soundtrack of the 2004 independent motion picture Garden State. There is no clear line to be drawn between pop and indie. Leading The Pack If we were to study the case of The Shins as an example of the indie genre. Recording Notes: The Shins – Sticking Close to Home. What distinguishes independent record labels is their minimal influence on the artists they work with and their attempt to avoid artist-cultivating behavior that is often associated with the major record labels. was started by two college friends. then that‘s great.
Farinella gets the story through the band‘s producer.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head 14 the interview narrows in on the creative talents exercised by front man . however. ―features a rhythm track built on bottle caps that Mercer recorded… There was also a Farfisa organ that the team borrowed … [and] bouzouki. Adorno distinguishes popular music as being ―characterized by its difference from serious music‖ (Adorno 1992. Being open to experimentation is a characteristic that distinguishes this music from other genres. Being true to himself and his own sound as an artist. According to Chiccarelli.‘ (Farinella 2007. songwriter and guitarist. Instead of speaking directly with Mercer. 117) The purity and quality of music is the most important concern for indie artists. Mercer‘s attention to lyrical quality over quantity drove the son choices. a merging of music to an active life. 197).an awakening of life. 119). but if he was not feeling great about the lyrics. which enables a passive distraction. It is our connection to all of our surroundings. ‗The thing I love about him is he‘s so particular about his lyrics and he really takes time with them. ‗ Chiccarelli says. he dissects the composition of popular music and contrasts it to serious music. His intimate relation with the band allowed for an in-depth look into production and thought-process behind their innovative sound. lap steel and hammer dulcimer [on] a few tracks‖ (Farinella 2007. As he . then indie music is just the opposite.singer. Joe Chiccarelli. Mercer thrives on finding new ways to create his music. In Theodore Adorno‘s article. The indie culture welcomes the use of unconventional instruments and alternate forms of sound production. Indie Pop: Do opposites really attract? If we view popular music as an escape from life. it‘s not just a word thrown in there. Their song. ‗He could have the greatest track in the world. Also unlike popular music. every rhyme really have some meaning. It‘s really important to him that every word. Indie music stimulates constant reflection and thought. James Mercer.‖ for example. he doesn‘t even want to finish the song. ―Sea Legs. On Popular Music.
Indie music speaks for standing up to promote local activity in a community. The latter has no concern for the growth of the community of relationships among individuals. and the more highly organized the work is. each musical element. If popular music lulls us to inattention. In hit music. even the simplest one. As Adorno states. which we will refer to as indie for our purpose. ―the whole is pre-given and pre-accepted. 15 the reaction to the details. is ‗itself‘. except to give them varying degrees of emphasis‖ (Adorno 1992. the audience knows what they are about to hear. the less possibility there is of substitution among the details. The sound of popular music relies on the knowledge of the pattern and an imitation process. Indie music is based on the relationships within a community and lending a hand to those around you. whereas popular music lulls the community to inattention and inactivity. Independent music offers a somewhat similar relaxation but maintains a state of consciousness. Being that popular music presents itself as this pre-given whole. It is about us telling . the structure underlying the piece is abstract.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head states in the case of popular music. The sound of indie music however. 201) When listening to a pop song.‖ (Adorno 1992. relies on the creation of the story through the relations of detail. Adorno juxtaposes this theory of popular music with that of serious music. 205). In [indie] music. however. even before the actual experience of the music starts: therefore it is not likely to influence. 198). the detail loses all significance and value within the song. The detail becomes substitutable and therefore merely a cog in the machine. to any great extent. Adorno refers to the effects of popular music as a ―relaxation which does not involve the effort of concentration at all‖ (Adorno 1992. independent music inspires and motivates us to act as individuals. existing independent of the specific course of the music.
It is a healthy way of life in which we can grow as creative and reflective individuals. Posers can be of any genre or subculture.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head the world who we are. the appearance is only the effect of the identity rather than the aim. Often when people deviate from mainstream society or separate themselves in any way. This puton of appearances is not specific to indie culture. In reality. or the intentional formulating of a certain image to be perceived. True independent culture however is not concerned with the appearances of things but rather the attainment of the pure. The DIY sensibility of the indie community allows for individuals to support one another. . Indie In My Eyes An independent lifestyle is a proactive one. indie looks towards a community-centered world. punk. We see them in hip-hop. 16 Poser Nation The word Poser is a derogatory term often associated with a false appearance. Indie artists are far more concerned with self-expression than commercial or public gain. Critics of indie culture would argue however that it is a ‗poser‘ culture of depicting a false extreme sense of uniqueness that merely ends up being a new identity to conform to. instead of allowing the media to tell us who we are as a generation or a people. Instead of it being a dog-eat-dog world. and rock n‘ roll. promote each other‘s music and help the community grow. I would argue that these philosophical traits seem to surpass any specific musical styles or commercial ownership in attempt to define the indie culture. they are criticized more harshly.
A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head Today. the community is also gradually beginning to represent a variance of race as well. Whereas a previous drawback may have been the time-consuming activity of finding authentic music. more so than any other music genre. To some degree. I would argue that indie music is transcending race and beginning to focus more on other aspects of identity. independent culture acts in an effort to both reflect and shape a better community. seek out new ones. While Bannister‘s acknowledgement of indie‘s roots of white masculinity cannot be denied. Technology is now encouraging the discovery of new music. With the technological advancements of the Internet. leaving the days of white masculinity behind. I would argue that this new accessibility for artists to be found only makes the culture more 17 appealing. electronica artist. grunge. and Ethiopian-born American indie rock. the times are moving forward and the indie is not far behind. It also allows artists the ability to expose their music to new fans at a low cost. Kenna. being a part of the indie community has become easier than ever. While the indie culture tends to overlap with other subcultures such as hippie. Most commonly the genre of indie music is contrasted with popular music. alternative and emo. In order to understand the Indie subculture then. Just as it has been able to incorporate all genres of music. the ―hunt‖ for indie music has been cut down drastically. the challenge of discovering new artists has been minimized. The indie community is progressing into a clearer reflection of modern day culture. but also by its nature. we must . today it is as easy as opening your computer. What separates indie music from all other types is its ability to not only incorporate various types of sound. With new popular artists on the rise such as African-American indie pop and soul singer. Through this representation. the main difference seems to lie in their varying philosophies. which is associated with artists selling out to major labels. Janelle Monáe.
open-minded. however I do have a passion for discovering and collecting music of all genres. we will always be in conflict in some way with the subcultures and groups we belong to or identify . our conflict then lies in the struggle to find some sense of individuality while identifying with some particular group or community. The indie head becomes consumed in sifting out the pure art from the impure. We must demand a culture such as this to encourage creative abilities and expressions of all forms. The irony of anti-conformity is that it eventually leads to conformity of some new ideal. The culture feeds an open mind and a free spirit.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head define two aspects of its identity. It is here that we find hope through the attitude and philosophy of indie culture. Does this make me a contradiction within the indie identity? Perhaps. However. With a passion for authenticity comes an obsession with distinctions. I am not a record collector. but one will ever totally satisfy our whole person. but I would argue. As complex human beings. we are not capable of being entirely unique. maybe it is this self-contradiction that solidifies my participation in the independent community.attitude and philosophy. reflective and emotional. It is not aggressive in nature or overly masculine. egocentrism is an obstacle to living to our full capacity. In the realm of the independent. We are always in relation to others and therefore in some ways. It recognizes that as individuals we cannot be satisfied as individuals by the limited sounds and thoughts or lack-there-of in popular culture. in attempt to define ourselves. mellow. By nature. This attitude of the indie culture is 18 laid-back. we relate to different cultures and subcultures. indie fans typically consider themselves to be music critics. Making Sense of It All As individuals.
the indie culture motivates both spiritual and personal growth. If our identities are constructed and maintained through communication. The indie culture is about choosing to create your own beat instead of following another‘s. the indie lifestyle is the road less traveled. indie provides a means of confronting this battle of identity. we must be in a state of constant reflection and action. an attitude and a state of being. our aim is to access a meaningful experience through music and eventually a meaningful existence through our independent identity. and it follows that identities are dynamic. Within the indie community. Indie is an activity. and where are we going? If we are to grow in any capacity. race. However we seek security in belonging to a community.A Taste of Indie: Taking a Closer Look into The Identity of an Indie Head with. Indie asks us where have we come from. It speaks for progression rather than stagnation or even regression as some would argue is the case of other music genres such as hip-hop. Indie means having a choice and making the decision to access the world of creativity and authenticity that we harbor inside us. As a discursive practice. intersectional and multiple. Here in lies the irony of our journey to be private individuals in a public world. If life is a journey to discover the truth. . relationships and interactions. Our identity is constantly being broken up into subsets. Perhaps that will make all the difference. Our happiness in life is dependent on many things. To me. gender and sexual orientation. including personal expression. pulling us in different directions 19 such as nationality. growth. then it makes perfect sense for independent lifestyle to be the right choice.
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