[DISCLAIMER: Hey there ;). Why don’t you head on down to your preferred music streaming app (unless it’s Apple Music), and go on and play some chill indie music while we’re at it. Let’s vibe together whilst you read my perfectly crafted article. Just kidding. It’s just another dumb article. I actually hate myself.]
When it comes to listening to music, I have always had a natural inclination to drift towards a specific genre none other than ‘indie’ music. Sure, it has its other aliases: ‘Bedroom Pop’, ‘Lo-Fi’, ‘Alternative’, but let’s just stick to ‘indie’ for the meantime because let’s see how much I can sound like an annoying 12-year-old who thinks they’re different. If you’re not a millenial or a Gen-Z kid who spends too much time on the god-forsaken app TikTok, you may be unfamiliar with this specific genre. Don’t worry. I’m here to catch you up.
‘Indie music’ initially was an abbreviated slang for the term ‘independent music’, where artists would produce music independently from commercial record labels, and embodied a sort-of Do-It-Yourself approach. However as time passed, the term gradually grew more vague, and the genre was characterised as any piece of music which has an apparent “fuzzy” or “chill” quirk.
Yeah, I just said quirk.
Of course, you’ve probably heard of them. Let’s start off with whom I consider the most established in this genre. The embodiment of indie herself: Clairo.
Indie music is a new genre that owes a lot to its wide array of talented artists for its proliferating success and rapid popularity. With the existence of the internet (and TikTok 🤮), the genre has allowed to expand and accelerate in ways no other prior music genres could have. The entirety of this music is fundamentally based upon the creative freedom that these artist individuals have, and the presence of online platforms – such as Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube and Not Apple Music – allows for their creative freedoms to be shared. And that’s why I love it. It’s apparent that times are changing, and the conventionalism of large studio labels will have to learn to intertwine with the generation of new, homemade, aspiring musicians.
PS. Stop bringing good songs - in general - to TikTok. I don’t need to explain myself. Dylann Tjahaja
Author's Note: Aww you came back to read my second article. Fun.