Do any of you like Independent Music? Does anyone download songs that are from artists that promote their work on the internet and do gigs at local venues. I personally think it's a great alternative to the mainstream media. Less commercial and more creative. What do you think?
Totally agree. I would say indie music is my first preference. In fact, I'm an indie musician myself. Who are your favorites? Right now I'm really into a band called Cloud Cult.
I am bias because i am an independant producer and work with independant artists but you definately get alot more variety. Mainstream music is bought and paid for by promoters and radio plays the same 20 to 30 artists over and over. I am not saying some of them aren't good, but what i am saying is i have been doing this 25 years and i have run across alot of talent that frankly would blow alot of mainstream artists off the map but they lacked funding or weren't in the right political circles. Anyway the mainpoint is surf the net and check out some of these independants and you will be glad you did!
Thanks for stopping by Walkster. I do agree with you, there are some independent artists that would blow some of the commercial artists of the map. I have at times tuned to the radio in the past only to get bored or frustrated. If the song is a hit they play it to death, and you get bored and if it isn't very good, you are stuck having to listen to it. On the other hand, with independent music you have far more choices. I'm glad you are a producer, who is trying to make a difference in the music industry. It seems most people in the industry only want to follow only the path of money, while creativity takes a back seat and I think that is sad. I know that in time independent music will be where the next Beatles will come from. Since you are an expert on independent music it would be great if you wrote a hub about it, I would enjoy reading it.
Independent artists are refreshingly creative. They aren't as "chained" to popular demands and it is reflective throughout their art!
I agree. I think part of creativity is having freedom from popular demands. Having to serve the demands of records companies often stifles creativity. On the the other hand, I guess most artists like for their art to be lucrative, I just wish creativity wasn't the sacrifice.
Reppin' the local scene is great. It feels more beneficial to be helping them out with their merch and ticket sales too, as opposed to artists that sell out arenas. The smaller venues they play are always great for meeting the band/artist too after the show. Ideal for stalking...
I agree. When you support local artists, you support creativity. The more commercial music started out with local artists, that were very talented. I think it is important to support independent music. There are a couple of bands I heard lately and wow they really are amazing.
Yeah, exactly. I love cutting edge music - stuff that hasn't been done before. I know there are a boatload of wannabe independant bands out there, but amidst that pile there's some absolute gold. When I find a new-on-the-scene artist that blows me away I buy their CD faster than you can say "this is awesome!"...
I download songs from Garageband.com. I wish I could afford CDs, been broke lately. I review music for Garageband.com so they let me download whatever I want, without any fees. The bands are amazing, they have music in every genre and the music is there to listen to. If you love independent music this is your paradise. Another way to support your favorite independent artist is to write a hub about that band.
That's a great idea about making a hub about a new/local band that you saw and like. Also, if they become popular, you will likely be getting more hits to your hub and getting some personal rewards from it.
I definitely think it's a good thing to support and promote these artists. I love the local music scene, as a musician myself. I find it inspiring and refreshing.
Thanks for posting this, my response got so big, I had to cut it out and just make a hub about it.
Thank you JJ200, I support independent music because it is worth supporting. There are very talented people who deserve to be heard. If you go to independent music sites it is amazing how many talented people are yet to be discovered. I know that as a musician you know that the internet offer new ways of being discovered. Just wondering do you have any songs uploaded on the net.
I'm glad you got a big response and I hope your hub does very well. Who knows maybe this is the start of something big. It's just a matter of letting the public know they have choices.
a friend of mine is always scouting out music from independent artists and makes sure he sends some of what he finds my way. as well really obscure music from favorities. I don't even have to look - it just comes to me via email. Most of what he sends, is pretty good!
Fully agree with all the posts on here. Indie music truly has more freedom in the messages they can convey, something that can lack in the mainstream market. For me indie music is great hot tub music - it can really get you to reflect and be thoughtful about the world.
Thanks for coming to the forum. I think writing a hub on independent music is a great way to show your support, if you like you may want to feature a few of your favorite artists on that hub, you know artists need support and that is a great way to show your support.
I do know about the powers of the internet, but I really just started learning about the outlets for music. I'm afraid I'm not much of a computer person. Even joining this website was a push for me. For seven years, starting my freshman year in college, I worked at my school booking entertainment (not just music), so I learned a ton first-hand during that time. From there it just snowballed into befriending musicians and venue personnel just by being around them and sharing our mutual love for music.
As I said, I'm still feeling my way around the internet, so I haven't posted my music or anything online. Also, I recently moved to a different state, and I have not met band mates here yet, so much of what I've written I don't have recordings for. I'll have to check out Garageband. There are a billion outlets for artists to get their music out there, so it's a bit overwhelming spending time going through all the sites and figuring out if they're into what you're into.
The hub needs to be edited, I wrote it last night and still haven't slept, so I will need a clear mind to read it over first before I embarrass myself by putting up something written by a zombie.
Get your needed rest JJ there is noting like a clear head to help one think straight. As soon as you can get a band and even a song, do try Garageband.com. They are a great way to present your music and if you have enough good reviews they give you the opportunity to get a contract.
I understand, you do need to get settled first and get used to the internet. I admit it can be overwhelming. As a writer I find getting traffic a bear, I totally understand where you are coming from. I wish you success and that you get your zzz. Take care.
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