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What does it mean to be indie?


I see it as a rebellion to having be subject to record labels. In that sense, it's like punk. Well, indie means "independent".
What it means to be indie in the music industry is to be independent. They are music produced independently from commercial record labels or their subsidiaries which brings something different and unique to the fold. It's like what indie video games developers are bringing to the gaming industry too.
Indie stands for independent. They are those musicians that are not affiliated with any labels or groups. They are free from any control over their work and they can use any sound of their choice.