Genre Detail

    Indie music derives its name from the word “Independent” that symbolizes its diversity from the commercial and mainstream cultural music. Indie is most commonly associated with the music that is released individually by a band or artist. This genre of music can be traced back to the early 1960s when it wasn’t very famous and found it's placed at small venues and garages. The prominent record companies had a very strong influence back then, making it difficult for individuals to establish themselves. However, in the mid-1980s, there was a sudden boost in the Popularity of Indie music in the United States and the United Kingdom, after which Indie music has only gone up. 

    Indie music and its categories include Indie Rock and Indie Pop.


    Indie Rock:

    Rock, a subgenre of alternative Rock music, was originated in the United Kingdom and the United States of America in the early 1980s. A form of Indie music, it was associated with small record companies with low budgets and individual artists, which produced lo-fi Rock records.


    Indie Rock is a very diverse genre of music with multiple subgenres, each vastly different from the other. Indie Rock and alternative Rock are often mixed. However, several differences exist among the two genres. In today's music world, Indie Rock has achieved some commercial success, and many of the record companies are still producing tracks based on this genre. Indie Rock has also led to the origination of many new genres and subgenres that include Math Rock, emo, space Rock, etc. Kodaline's High Hopes is a special mention in this category. The song reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart in 2013.


    Indie Pop:

    Pop is also a subgenre of alternative Rock music that was originated in the United Kingdom and the United States of America back in the early 1980s. Indie Pop is originally a form of Indie music and is very similar to Indie Rock, yet they both are different from one another.


    Indie Pop is referred to as the melodies and soft form of Indie music, whereas Indie Rock defines the rougher, an edgier, and harsher sounding form of Indie music. Furthermore, Indie Pop is greatly influenced by the 1960s girl group music and power Pop that gives it a retroelement. 


    Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, and Of Monsters and Men are not unknown names in the Indie category. Believe – Mumford Sons is very famous for its reason of origination. It has influences of Rock music as well. Mumford wrote the song, and later it was recorded and produced by James Ford. Another Indie Rock song, ‘Do I Wanna Know’ uplifted the category, thanks to Arctic Monkeys. It had a few elements of psychedelic music topped with stoner Rock and blues-Rock.