Thursday, October 18, 2007

How To Tell If Indie Defines You

If you want to know if Indie describes you, just ask yourself these questions:
  1. Do you just love the whole Indie fashion and jewelry movement?

  2. Do you hate seeing yourself all over town because retailers sell so much of the same old same old?

  3. Do you hate mass produced merchandise and sometimes alter it to fit your style?

  4. Would you rather own a one of a kind item even if you have to pay more for it?

  5. Do you feel like you didn't fit into the "in" cliques in high school or college?

  6. Are you an individualist and have your own sense of style and fashion?

  7. Do others imitate your style?

  8. Are you a leader and not a follower?

If you answered yes to all or the majority of these questions, then Indie is definitely for you.

According to the dictionary, 'indie' is an informal version of the word independent . Although this definition is accurate, the word has come to mean more. For many, it has come to symbolize originality and forward-thinking, especially in music and design. By this definition, indie is any business or designer that is not associated with a large company. Indie can also define the consumer who chooses to support small business, independent record labels and handmade items rather than shopping at big-box stores.

In the Urban Dictionary at, Indie is described as:

1. indie

The term: Short for independent rock. In terms of music it would be independent of major labels/mainstream stuff.History: grew out from 60s garage, 70s punk, and 80s post punk it started in the mid 80s as alternative/college radio music. Once nirvana hit big the alternative genre split: the popular side was just alternative(Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, No Doubt, etc.) and the other half that wasn't mainstream(by choice or not) became indie rock(Pavement, Sebadoh, Built To Spill, etc).Some bands have signed to major labels but are still considered indie(Modest Mouse, etc.). Go figure.Sound: In the begining indie sounded like alternative(because it was) but it grew more experimental and weird. In Britain indie has more of a typical sound like Radiohead, Muse, etc. rather than a definition based on 'the scene.'The scene: if you really think all indie kids do is try to be cooler than other people then... well.. you're mostly right. The main point is, don't take the scene and the whole hipster attitude seriously. No one does.

2. indie

indie is cooler than emo.

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