However, the internet has added a new dynamic, as it allows artists to directly interact with their fans outside of the restrictions of record labels and the interference big media conglomerates. As a result, the historic definition of "indie", breaking away from these conglomerates and other major labels to release in on a smaller label, or putting out a self-release, which was significantly harder in the days before instant downloading and global communication, has now morphed into something more complex.
In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any number of genres, scenes, subcultures, stylistic and cultural attributes characterized by its degree of independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Over the years, it has been mistaken for a musical style rather than a demarcation of status. Indie is a unique musical terms because it not only refers to label affiliation and possibly to musical style; it is attached to a system of ethics and values, like those derivative of the punk movement. (New world encyclopedia 2014)
An unsigned artist or band, or independent artist or band is a musician or musical group not under a contract with a record label. However, now these terms are also used in ...
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...h means processed, callow, superficial music. But this historically has depended on having only two choices and the internet has obliterated that forever.
The barriers to entry into the music recording industry have been lowered, as new artists may now produce, market, and distribute their work on the Internet without the involvement of major record companies. In turn, record companies can undercut wholesalers or retailers on price by selling directly to consumers. Additionally, new competitors with new business models, such as aggregators and infomediaries, are entering the recording industry and are jockeying for position. Potentially, we are now witnessing the demise of some parts of the music industry value chain as we know it today. The big companies in the music recording industry may have seen the red light at the end of the tunnel. (Shayo & Guthrie 2005 p 1)
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