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Cultural influence of specific genres - indie


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the cultural influences of the indie music genre

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Cultural influence of specific genres - indie

  1. 1. By Ciara Kataria
  2. 2. ‘Indie’ is short for ‘independent’ as this genre started as just music produced independently from major commercial record labels. However, ‘indie’ is now used as a term to describe a genre/style of music which could include music that is not independently produced. There are sub genres of indie like indie-rock or indie-pop. Some famous indie artists include: Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, alt-J, The Strokes, The Kooks, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, The Smiths and Oasis.
  3. 3. • The word "indie" has been appropriated for many other uses, and is often employed pejoratively. It can now be used to describe a film, festivals or even a coffee house so this shows it’s influence on other media and the wider world. • The indie genre has also influenced people, and their fashion. Indie artists and therefore audiences tend to have a quirky but also casual style. This is quite different to the pop genre for example as they would wear bright and trendy clothes, but with indie, it is more about expressing personal style. • Indie genre is also said to have influenced festivals as it has made them more popular, for example Coachella.
  4. 4. • The Smiths were an English indie rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. They are considered to be one of the biggest/first indie artists. • Some critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. Q magazine's Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were "the one truly vital voice of the '80s", "the most influential British guitar group of the decade" and the "first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms". The NME named the Smiths the "most influential artist ever" in a 2002 poll. • They had a big influence in Manchester, where lots of indie bands then started to come out. • They were the first indie musicians to achieve mainstream success on their own terms, and therefore had a big cultural influence.