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Music is always changing and evolving, with new genres and subgenres garnering popularity each year. Some genres burst onto the scene with instant mainstream popularity, while others can fly under the radar for years, sometimes decades until their sound is pushed to the front of the stage.

When it comes to the latter, Indie music is one genre that comes to mind for many fans. This broad-ranging genre can mean different things to different listeners, but it’s undoubtedly having a moment in the musical landscape.

The rise of Indie music is undeniable. In this article, we take a look back at the history of the genre, how it’s evolved over the years, and where it still has left to go.

Back In The Day

Indie music began gaining stream in the 1980s as an alternative to mainstream Pop music. Artists in this particular genre were often signed to smaller, independent record labels and weren’t given the same type of promotion or radio play as their pop counterparts, and as a result, Indie music was closely associated with a more underground sound.


This started to change in the 1990s, with bands like Nirvana and Radiohead finding commercial success and gaining consistent radio play. From this, indie fans noticed a sub-genre being developed — Indie Rock. This genre combined elements of Alt-Rock and Punk, and bands like The White Stripes and The Stroked began finding mainstream success.

Where Indie Is Now

Indie music is a wide-spanning genre that has more sub-genres than can often be counted, from Alt-Indie to Indie-Pop and Indie-Folk. Search any chill playlist on your favorite streaming service, and you’ll find new, up-and-coming artists spanning these sub-genres finding their place in the industry.

Indie music has become synonymous with powerful, honest storytelling, rich melodies, and a willingness to stand out from the crowd. It’s a genre that is open to interpretation — where sound from various genres can be infused into the core acoustic melodies that laid the foundation for the original genre.

It’s a growing genre that is versatile and can be a welcoming introduction for many young singer-songwriters — and it still has a lot to offer.


The Future Of Indie Music

Indie music wasn’t always on every music lover’s radar, but that has dramatically changed in recent years. In fact, a 2022 study from BPI — which is the UK association of three major record labels and over 400 indie labels — showed a fourth consecutive year of growth for the Indie music genre.

In the UK and internationally, Indie music has become a haven for fans of dynamic songwriting and eclectic melodies — with many sub-genres available, there’s room for a wide range of artists to make their mark in this music landscape.

With more new artists releasing music each year, there is a lot of promise fans can expect. Streaming has created an accessible way for fans to search and discover these new artists. The rise of Indie music looks like it’s only going to rise higher and higher.

By Erick Ycaza

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style. Surprisingly, I have been blogging and writing about music since 2007.