What Does “Indie” Even Mean Anymore?

The Village Voice has a blog entry that gets pretty critical of the whole concept of “indie” in 2014.  Here’s an excerpt:

[Don Giovanni Records head Joe] Steinhardt feels some acts are bastardizing “indie” and “DIY” to gain some credibility. He declined to offer specific examples when asked; smart man. But, his viewpoint might best be exemplified by Macklemore, whose indie credibility has been questioned, particularly following his Grammy wins.”There have always been users,” says Alex DenBaars. “There have always been people who participated in underground music culture because it was convenient rather than because independence from an exploitative system of making art mattered to them.”

He does have a point.  Some indie pretenders are messing shit up for actual independent artists. Keep reading.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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