‘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.
• 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.
• 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.