Indie music, as a genre, and as an ethos, has been atrophying away in the last decade.
You know as well as I do, that the rise of digital music has made it easier and easier for anyone with an internet connection to access all types of music. The Arcade Fire, have reaped the rewards of this change, to such an extent that yesterday the “indie” band from Montreal won the Grammy for Album of the Year. A position usually reserved for overblown major label albums.
So can we all agree that indie is officially dead? At least in it’s classically idealized philosophical way. This is not because the Arcade Fire have betrayed their fan base, but with their win they have smashed through the glass ceiling of indie music. Album of the year, from Merge Records? It’s an interesting world indeed.
People will still use the word “Indie” to describe a style of music but the idea that an indie band must struggle against the “industry” to get anywhere is a dead idea.
The world is flat. A great song, a great record, a great video, a great record label (read: Team of passionate and hardworking people who love your music) is all that you need to get to the top…of the mainstream press. If that’s what your looking for.